New studies give more support for using cannabis to treat high blood pressure
Cannabis has been suggested as a possible treatment for hypertension, and this is because the endocannabinoid system is involved in the regulation of blood pressure. It is, therefore, possible that manipulation of this system, something that cannabis achieves very well, may prove therapeutically useful in the treatment of hypertension. Heart attack, stroke, and other health threats are among the main consequences that can result from damage to the circulatory system. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments for hypertension and now, according to some researchers, cannabis could join that list.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults suffer from high blood pressure, and what makes it worse is that many are not even aware of it. Because of this, many have begun to dub it as “the silent killer” because if not treated in time, it can lead to death. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, conducted a study on people over 60 years of age with hypertension, with a focus on participants’ blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolic parameters. According to the results of the findings, the use of medical cannabis in patients caused a significant reduction in 24-hour systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. The lowest point of these measurements was recorded three hours after ingestion of cannabis via oral, oil extracts, or smoking.
According to the study, the most significant changes occurred during the night period. “Older adults are the fastest-growing group of medical cannabis users, but evidence on cardiovascular safety for this population is sparse,” said Dr. Ran Abuhasira of BGU’s School of Health Sciences. Experts have indicated that blood pressure reduction could have a strong relationship with the pain relief provided by the plant.