Well, there is some evidence from animal studies that CBD could benefit heart health in a number of ways:
Side effects of CBD are usually relatively mild. The most common side effects reported include:
If you choose to use CBD for any health-related purpose, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Cardiovascular disease is a broad term and can cover any disease of the heart or the blood vessels, including arteries, veins, arterioles, capillaries and small veins (venules). Here are some of the different types of cardiovascular diseases:
In theory, CBD should have some potential benefits in both preventing cardiovascular disease and preventing more significant damage if cardiovascular disease occurs. This is mostly due, it is believed, because of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cell/tissue protective actions CBD may have. As is often the case with CBD, we need more and better clinical studies to know more—and to better utilize the potential of CBD.
The actions of CBD are quite complex and many of the studies have been done looking at how CBD affects the actions of THC rather than how CBD may work alone. CBD binds to many different receptors in the body—and we are just scratching the surface at this point. But there are some things we are beginning to understand.
CBD binds weakly with either of the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, but it even binding with a low strength can affect a response by several different mechanisms in the presence of THC. These mechanisms may be the basis for different strains of cannabis having different effects depending on the ratio of THC and CBD in individual strains.
o The CB2 receptors—found primarily outside the brain—tend to be primarily anti-inflammatory with an end-result depending on the tissue location of the receptor.
Cannabinoids like CBD can affect the heart and cardiovascular system in complex ways depending on the types of receptors, the concentration of those receptors and the level of CBD. This is the sort of complexity we are just beginning to look at and sort out—but it is going to take some time to figure out.
For the most part, CBD tends to decrease blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and can reduce the strength of the contractions of the heart.
Studies have indicated that these effects are relatively small and not always reproducible—in other words, different studies have provided different conclusions regarding the effect of CBD on blood pressure and the strength of heart contractions., , 
However, things may be a bit different under abnormal conditions—in other words, the findings that there were small changes in blood pressure and heart contraction strength were in normal individuals with normal cardiovascular systems. There is some suggestion that the benefits of CBD (and other cannabinoids) may be more evident under stress conditions (mental, emotional or physical), in individuals with high blood pressure, post-heart attack conditions, when the heart is damaged or when there is inflammation in the cardiovascular system.
CBD may be protective for the cardiovascular system and for the nervous system. This is assumed to be due to its anti-inflammatory effects and its antioxidant effects. It may also protect against cardiovascular complications in diabetes.
A recent comprehensive review of pre-clinical (animal) and clinical (human) data concluded: “However, with a few exceptions, the effect of CBD on the cardiovascular system under physiological conditions appears to be negligible, which confirms a good safety profile of this cannabinoid… Nevertheless, it should be emphasized that almost no clinical research has been done with CBD in diseases of the cardiovascular system and, hence, its therapeutic potential is not translated into clinical practice. Further studies, especially clinical investigations, are warranted to recommend the use of CBD in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders.” The authors considered that the following effects held the most promise for the future:
While we cannot currently say that CBD use can prevent heart and vascular disease, there is significant potential for its use to protect and support the cardiovascular system in both health and disease. As with so many issues with CBD—we won’t know until more clinical studies have been completed.
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