OK so the bacon-flavored CBD oil is wishful thinking, for now. But since you are the type of person that clicks on an article because it mentions bacon, you probably have hypertension. So, read on…
High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is a serious matter.
As I have said in previous articles, my opinion is that the body is a pressurized system like a car. When space reduces in the system or the liquids thicken, the blood pressure goes up. But why is this such a bad thing?
Because my friend, it puts pressure on the heart. Enough pressure and the heart will burst like a balloon. Ok, that’s a bit dramatic but it’s a good visual to understand why high blood pressure is so dangerous. But what about CBD oil for blood pressure? Can it even make a difference?
In his article ‘Can High Blood Pressure Affect Your Chances of Becoming a Pilot?’ for aeronauticsonline.com, Frankie Wallace explains the ins and outs of high blood pressure:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of every three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, meaning that the pressure of the blood within the blood vessels is higher than what’s considered normal. Of the 75 million people in the country who have high blood pressure, only half have their blood pressure under control with diet, lifestyle changes, or medication.
One in every three adults is a shocking statistic, but then again not so shocking. The lifestyles we lead these days are utterly horrendous. Regular exercise used to be compulsory just to go about everyday life. Food was basic as there was no science to take it all apart and manipulate it. Of course, in humans, one would think that stress-based tension had always been around, all be it more sporadic. Life is pretty chilled until a saber-toothed tiger eats your second wife. Nowadays, the sources of more minor stresses are endless and they all build up.
Stress causes tension in the muscles. This tension blocks the transportation capabilities of the body to move blood, oxygen and other compounds. But also, when the muscles are squeezed, the blood system is squeezed. Such a squeeze reduces space in the system and the blood pressure skyrockets.
Blood pressure is measured using a set of two numbers:
Systolic blood pressure refers to the pressure exerted on your blood vessels as your heart beats, while diastolic blood pressure, refers to the pressure that exists in your blood vessels between your heartbeats. A reading of less than 120/80 mmHg is considered normal, while a pressure between 120/80 mmHg and 139/89 mmHg can indicate that you are at risk for high blood pressure. If your pressure measures over 140/90 mmHg, it is considered high.
If like me, you always wondered what the two numbers were in a blood pressure reading, there it is. The first number measures the pressure on the beat. The second measures the pressure between beats. One might conclude then that there is some meaning to the gap between those numbers as well as the actual numbers right?
According to Healthline:
Doctors can use pulse pressure as an indicator of how well your heart is working. A high pulse pressure is sometimes called a wide pulse pressure. This is because there’s a large or wide difference between the systolic and diastolic pressure.
A low pulse pressure is a small difference between your systolic and diastolic pressure. In some cases, a low pulse pressure can also be a sign of a poorly functioning heart.
So essentially, it is not just the numbers that are important, but the gap between them since this is an indicator of how one’s heart is functioning. Wallace again:
If your blood pressure is consistently high, you may be diagnosed with hypertension. This condition means that you face an increased risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. Factors such as being a male, being over age 65, and having high cholesterol and blood sugar levels can all increase your risk of developing hypertension. Other common causes include obesity, living an inactive lifestyle, consuming too much sodium, eating a diet that’s too low in potassium, and consuming alcohol in excess. Some medications can also contribute to hypertension. Often, hypertension can be managed with lifestyle and diet changes.
But how can blood pressure be managed with lifestyle and diet changes?
We all know that too much cholesterol can cause plaque buildup in the arteries which essentially makes the tubes smaller (space in the system smaller). But what can be done about it? here are ten suggestions from mayo clinic:
1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline
- Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters).
- Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (89 centimeters).
These numbers vary among ethnic groups. Ask your doctor about a healthy waist measurement for you.
2. Exercise regularly
If you have elevated blood pressure, exercise can help you avoid developing hypertension. If you already have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.
3. Eat a healthy diet
Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure. This eating plan is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
4. Reduce sodium in your diet
Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can improve your heart health and reduce blood pressure by about 5 to 6 mm Hg if you have high blood pressure.
The effect of sodium intake on blood pressure varies among groups of people. In general, limit sodium to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less. However, a lower sodium intake — 1,500 mg a day or less — is ideal for most adults.
5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. By drinking alcohol only in moderation — generally one drink a day for women, or two a day for men — you can potentially lower your blood pressure by about 4 mm Hg. One drink equals 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much alcohol.
Drinking more than moderate amounts of alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.
6. Quit smoking
Each cigarette you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish. Stopping smoking helps your blood pressure return to normal. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health. People who quit smoking may live longer than people who never quit smoking.
7. Cut back on caffeine
The role caffeine plays in blood pressure is still debated. Caffeine can raise blood pressure up to 10 mm Hg in people who rarely consume it. But people who drink coffee regularly may experience little or no effect on their blood pressure.
Although the long-term effects of caffeine on blood pressure aren’t clear, it’s possible blood pressure may slightly increase.
8. Reduce your stress
Chronic stress may contribute to high blood pressure. More research is needed to determine the effects of chronic stress on blood pressure. Occasional stress also can contribute to high blood pressure if you react to stress by eating unhealthy food, drinking alcohol or smoking.
9. Monitor your blood pressure at home and see your doctor regularly
Regular visits with your doctor are also key to controlling your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is well-controlled, check with your doctor about how often you need to check it. Your doctor may suggest checking it daily or less often. If you’re making any changes in your medications or other treatments, your doctor may recommend you check your blood pressure starting two weeks after treatment changes and a week before your next appointment.
10. Get support
Supportive family and friends can help improve your health. They may encourage you to take care of yourself, drive you to the doctor’s office or embark on an exercise program with you to keep your blood pressure low.
If you find you need support beyond your family and friends, consider joining a support group. This may put you in touch with people who can give you an emotional or morale boost and who can offer practical tips to cope with your condition.
Yes, yes but what about CBD Oil? Does it Help?
OK, so all of the above options could involve quite intense lifestyle changes for a lot of people. After all, we are in the age of immediate gratification, instant Netflix and Uber Eats, so why isn’t it like that with medicine? I am no doctor but I always feel like a multi-pronged attack is best for any condition. Yes, you could just take CBD oil and whilst it might help, who wouldn’t agree that your chances of getting better would be dramatically increased if you took up at least one and preferably all of the suggestions from above? Regardless, let’s say you do go down the solo CBD oil road. Is it going to work?
Frankie says yes:
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil can also help to lower high blood pressure. CBD can help to manage stress, anxiety, and insomnia symptoms, all of which can contribute to high blood pressure. CBD oil also has calming effects, which can lower your blood pressure. Inflammation can drive up your blood pressure, and CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce that effect.
Inflammation works in the same way. When things swell, they take up space and when space is taken up, the pressurized system gets smaller raising blood pressure and as a result, pressure on the heart.
and from the Daily Express via Healthline:
According to medical website Healthline, recent research has linked CBD with “several benefits” for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure.
In one study, 10 healthy men were given one dose each of 600mg of CBD oil. The results found it reduced resting blood pressure when compared to a placebo.
The same study also gave the men ‘stress tests’ that would normally increase blood pressure. Interestingly, the single dose of CBD led the men to experience a smaller blood pressure increase than they normally would in response to these tests.
Researchers have suggested it may be the stress and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD which are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure.
“Studies indicate that CBD may be a natural and effective treatment for high blood pressure,” said Healthline.
In addition, several animal studies have demonstrated that CBD may help reduce the inflammation and cell death associated with heart disease, due to its powerful antioxidant and stress-reducing properties.
For example, one study found that treatment with CBD reduced oxidative stress and prevented heart damage in diabetic mice with heart disease.
I wonder who these ‘researchers’ are who have suggested it may be the stress and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD which are responsible for its ability to help lower blood pressure?
I may not have six or seven letters after my name
But from my extensive research, I would say that it is impossible to make such a simplistic statement. I believe CBD oil is a powerful muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory. Yes, they are correct, when the muscles relax, the channels open and this allows the correct flow of blood, oxygen, and other compounds to get around the body and to important places like the brain. It also releases blocked up toxins in the blood. So it helps the blood to become clean, thus increasing the ‘space in the system’.
A whole number of other things occur from this simple muscle relaxation and anti-inflammatory action (in my unqualified opinion). So from this perspective, it is not just that CBD reduces stress and hence lowers blood pressure. The reduction of stress is an effect of so many things occurring which all begin with the muscles relaxing and this anti-inflammatory action. The blood pressure should be lowered further up the chain than the stress-reduction which is almost like the final result although in a way all of these are happening interdependently.
Anyway, I suppose the point that they are getting at is that CBD oil may have a positive effect on blood pressure. Do with it what you will.
This article is a collection of ideas by the author. It does not constitute facts or advice in any form. Please consult a medical professional and check the legality in your area before purchasing or taking CBD products.
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