The pursuit of a new and improved treatments for cardiovascular disease, more commonly known as heart disease, is one which shows no signs of coming to a halt. In fact, recent discoveries in this area indicate that a cannabis-based medication could be the future of heart disease treatment in America.
Heart disease accounts for a quarter of all deaths in the United States today. This makes it one of the most common killers of American people, and a public health concern of enormous proportions.
The current medications which are typically prescribed as a treatment for heart disease have been associated with a vast array of unwanted side effects, many of which can cause dangerous health concerns in themselves. These side effects range from nausea and chronic pain to fainting and confusion.
Thankfully, recent strides made in medical science indicate that researchers could be on the track of a viable alternative to current medications prescribed; cannabis.
The endocannabinoid system is a regulatory system which studies have proven to be vital to human health and wellness. Research has also shown that the chemicals which are found in the cannabis sativa plant, also known as cannabinoids, can play a supplementary role in this system.
However, of particular interest is the findings of one recent study in which the link between the endocannabinoid system and cardiovascular health was explored. The study tested the effects of cannabinoids on endocannabinoid receptors in heart health.
Researchers found that receptors played a role in hypertension, which is one of the most common causes of heart disease, and noted that this presented an opportunity for further study into how the endocannaibinoid system can be manipulated in order to improve and maintain heart health.
The solution to the problem with current heart disease medications is to develop an effective treatment that doesn’t come with so many risks. It seems as though scientists are getting closer to that goal all of the time, and that their most recent discovery has confirmed the their that cannabis-based medications could do just that.