Cannabidiol also know as CBD for short is a phytocannabinoid from the cannabis plant but it can also be found within the hemp plant as well. It is understood to provide a wide range of healing benefits through our bodies endocannabinoid system also known as ECS for short.
It has been studied as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer and even a treatment for side effects of various powerful treatments such as chemotherapy. It has also been found, through anecdotal evidence, to be useful in treat ADHD, anxiety, weight loss among many other major and minor disorders.
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For the purpose of this study we are interested in the many benefits CBD provides our cardiovascular system. Reducing blood pressure (BP) can be very beneficial for heart and cardiovascular related issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease and even heart attacks.
The purpose of this study (epidemiological study) is to find out if CBD can reduce blood pressure in humans. The study was carried out with help from GW Pharmaceutical who provided the cannabidiol (CBD) for study in the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Like many studies into CBD or even Medical Cannabis the testing pool was small. This study (further results available within the PDF) includes only 9 healthy male volunteers. Each where given 600mg or a placebo at random. The conditions met the cross over study recommendations using both placebo-controlled and double-blind methods. The results where monitored and recorded using a laser Doppler and a finometer.
Results found that some participants experienced lowered blood pressure and increased hear rate while taking CBD. Although a lower blood pressure is beneficial an increased heart rate needs to be monitored. Although this is a normal reaction for the body to make when its blood pressure is reduced.
It is hemodynamic changes (blood flow changes) like the increase in heart which need to be recorded for the potential medical uses of CBD in the future. All participants experiencing these results still found their cardio output to be normal. In other words, even though this happened they were OK.
Finally the results tell us that CBD has the potential to reduce both resting and increasing blood pressure due to stress within healthy humans, while also experiencing an increase in their heart rates. Like most studies on CBD, further research is required to fully understand whether or not CBD can be used in any primary or secondary way as a treatment of cardiovascular disorders.