Understanding how CBD can lower cholesterol

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Regular, moderated intake of the cannabis compound can help reduce heart problems

Cholesterol is a molecule found in almost every cell of the body and it is a vital component for the creation of hormones, like testosterone and estrogen, as well as to help the body in other functions like creating bile. The body produces its own cholesterol and it can also be found in the food we consume, such as milk, meat, eggs and cheese. A poor lifestyle of bad eating habits along with no exercise can lead to developing dangerous levels of cholesterol that, in the future, can turn into heart problems or clogged arteries. One of the most recent discoveries regarding the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in the body is that it can help people managing their own cholesterol levels in more than one way.

This natural treatment with CBD has been seen to regulate lipid uptake in humans. In addition to that, CBD seems to indirectly influence receptors belonging to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – CB2, 5HT1A – which participate in the regulation of blood pressure and the body’s cholesterol levels. Apparently, the role that CBD has in the body of promoting regulation and reach homeostasis, somehow, has something to do with normalizing the cholesterol levels in the body, both good and bad. Through the same receptors, CBD can conduct the brain to boost its HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) and lower down the LDL levels (bad cholesterol), according to a study published in May 2020 at the Journal of Dietary Supplements.

Another way in which CBD can help people regulate cholesterol levels in an indirect way is through promoting relaxation and stress relief. It has been proven that high levels of stress can conduct to higher levels of cholesterol in the body; therefore, CBD can help a person’s state of mind and put them in a better mood to confront the many situations that life can bring along.