Recently, a person we know well came to us and was ecstatic about an effect of CBD with product he was using (Optimize 1050): he saw his Primary Care Physician (PCP) and his blood pressure was in the ‘normal’ range. This person had been on several medications over the years but none had been able to achieve this goal.
This person was originally taking our CBD for pain and inflammation reduction for his knee and hoping to get other benefits as he is an avid golfer. He did not expect to see any changes with how his body was working on the inside. He asked for us to write about his story and asked if there was any data on the effects of CBD and blood pressure.
Well, guess what? There is!
‘A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study’ is a study authored by Khalid Jadoon, et. al and it was published in JCI Insight on June 2, 2017. This study showed that ‘an acute administration of CBD reduces resting BP and the BP increase to stress in humans, associated with increased HR. These hemodynamic changes should be considered for people taking CBD.’
What better way to respond to this than by saying ‘BAM’, ‘WOW’, and a whole lot of other words of amazement. We know that CBD allows for the Endocannabinoid System (eCB or ECS) to work more efficiently and this is just another example of what a properly functioning neurological system can do. Do we tend to have high blood pressure because we are lacking medications, or do we have high blood pressure due to factors that downgrade our health, like being overweight, having issues with stress, poor dietary patterns, etc…? I hope we all know the answer to this. What we have to remember is that all the stressors in our life reduce the function of the eCB and this alone can lead to a myriad of health issues. We need our neurological system to work as it should…period!
We know that CBD has been shown to help with so many other conditions and this person’s normalization with his blood pressure is another example of the power of CBD.
We believe this effect might also be part of the reason people recover from athletic events so quickly when they take CBD although we’ll be talking about this in a soon to be published blog. On the surface, stress or sympathetic nervous system activation will affect blood pressure. We know that CBD helps to activate the counter to this, or the parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, CBD directly affects the Autonomic Nervous System…sound important? Well, it is. In fact, for an athlete or anyone with heart/lung changes due to stress, it might be the most important component to consider. We’re just now learning the power of CBD.
In a nutshell, CBD will affect blood pressure and tend to drive it down. Does this sound familiar? A previous blog discussed how CBD increases insulin sensitivity and for diabetics like me, this means it has had an impact on my insulin dosage. Regarding how CBD might help your blood pressure issues, this is a great discussion to have with your PCP or any medical doctor who is prescribing blood pressure medications. Being all medications have side effects, it might be worth it to try CBD to see if it can help you, especially because there are no side effects as compared to medication.
We hear more and more from those using our products about the amazing results they are receiving and we will write about them to help you with your health issues. We will always try to find medically indexed studies as scientific validation helps to substantiate what we are hearing from those using CBD.
As always, discuss your medications and your CBD supplementation with your primary care doctor. Bring this blog and/or study with you so that you can help your physician with the education process. It is likely that your physician does not know the benefits and lack of side effects from CBD supplementation. When he/she the results from you and others, it might open up some eyes and your doctor might become interested in helping other patients in a more natural and highly effective fashion…again, without the side effects of medications. After all, nothing beats improved health without side effects!
Thank you for living the NN lifestyle. Only the best…for the best…You!