Cardiovascular (CV) disease affects approximately 121.5 million U.S. adults, or nearly half the adult population. The benefits of CBD oil for heart health have been explored by more and more researchers in recent years due to the essential oil’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

CBD oil that’s produced from the hemp variety of the cannabis plant contains little to no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound found in medical marijuana responsible for the “high” some users experience. That’s why it’s considered safe and effective for daytime use for people with CV and heart conditions. It has also been shown to have fewer side effects than many standard medications.

Here are three key benefits to using this natural alternative therapy as part of a plan to better manage your heart health, in combination with a healthy diet and exercise routine.

3 Benefits of CBD for Heart Health

1. CBD and the “Miracle Molecule”

In the late 1990s, scientists won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for revealing how the compound Nitric Oxide (NO) is a key cardiovascular signaling agent. Today, its vital role in regulating heart health is even more well understood, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the “Miracle Molecule”. A well-balanced level of nitric acid in your system has three main health benefits:

  • It decreases your risk of blood clots to reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes
  • It lowers your blood pressure
  • It reduces plaque build-up to decrease your risk of heart disease

CBD’s Effects on Nitric Oxide Levels

CBD is a signaling compound known as a ‘cannabinoid’ that has been shown to have mild to moderate activating effects on PPARγ receptors.  This is important because stimulation of these receptors increases nitric acid production. In addition, while nitric acid has many benefits to your heart’s health, you can have too much of a good thing, leading to a condition known as “nitrative stress“.

True to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant nature, CBD has been found to reduce the ability of NO’s reactive effects to occur in order to help keep nitrative stress in check and improve your heart health.

2. CBD and Your Good Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance used by your cells for certain health-boosting functions, like vitamin and hormone creation. You may have heard that you have a few different types of cholesterol.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your arteries and increase your risk for heart attacks and strokes. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, on the other hand, is actually good for you because it soaks up excess cholesterol and transports it to your liver where it’s released from your body.

A recent study revealed that participants who took CBD every day for 6 weeks without changing their diet and exercise routines showed significant improvements in their “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels.

In addition,  the body also houses two types of fat: white and “brown”. Brown fat helps you burn calories faster, and people with active brown fat have lower cholesterol levels. Research reveals that CBD advances this healthy, cholesterol-reducing fat browning process by elevating the expression of key gene markers.

3. CBD and Lowered Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (BP) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and heart attacks because it can lead to plaque buildup, blood clots, and dangerous blockages to the arteries that supply your heart with oxygen.

CBD has been shown to be especially useful for lowering blood pressure brought on by stress. A 2017 British study highlighted how it also helped with resting BP. Just one 600mg dose of CBD lowered resting systolic BP by 6 mmHg (millimeters of Mercury). This is a rather significant reduction, as the normal BP range is 120-129 mmHg.

CBD has been documented to work by activating proteins known as TRP channels and a key receptor called CB1 in order to cause ‘vasorelaxation’ of blood vessels. A 2019 book from the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology series discusses more details of how CBD works to relax vessel walls in order to reduce blood pressure, including through antioxidant actions that counteract unstable chemical reactions.

While this research shows great promise, additional studies are needed to learn more about CBD’s many paths to lowering BP and boosting overall heart health.

Transformative Health for Your Heart

Our compassionate and knowledgeable team of physicians at Transformative Health are here to help guide you to the best CBD products for your particular symptoms and conditions. We’ll also assist you in obtaining a medical cannabis recommendation for your CBD product purchases.

CBD supplements, CBD tinctures, CBD gummies, and other CBD edibles are all great options to choose from to help better manage your heart health. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of adding CBD into your heart wellness routine.