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February Heart Health Month - Inflammation and CBD

by Cade Copeland |

Do you know anyone that has heart disease?  Unfortunately, is probably safe to say that you do...

Did you know that at least 1 in every 4 deaths in America is due to a cardiovascular disease?  It's actually one of the leading causes of death for both men and women worldwide, and it's responsible for the death of about 610,000 people in America each year!

Cardiovascular disease is a chronic disease of inflammation, and not just a disease that occurs to the elderly or people who smoke … it implies that if you're living an inflammatory lifestyle or are exposed to inflammatory substances you too are at risk for heart disease.

What is Inflammation?

What exactly is inflammation and what are you doing to promote it within your body you ask? Well inflammation is not entirely bad. It's actually our body's natural response to stress. Like when you get injured or acquire an infection of some sort, your body reacts in this way to help heal itself. Say you slammed your car door shut on your finger and your finger swells up. Well this inflammation is due to the rush of white blood cells to that specific area so they can start the healing process.

This kind of inflammation is a short-lived reaction. But when we're constantly exposing our bodies to things like inflammatory foods, toxins and stress, our immune system becomes disrupted, hypersensitive and over-reactive and starts working against us. This can lead to chronic inflammation in our body and pave way for disease in every area of our body. Regarding cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation plays a role in plaque build up, cholesterol levels, blood vessel health and the integrity of the heart tissue.

CBD and Cardiovascular Health

So while your lifestyle is a major contributing factor to your heart health, studies have pointed to another solution to preventing and maybe even treating existent heart diseases. Can you guess what it is? Oh yes, CBD has shown to be very beneficial to the cardiovascular system!

Myocarditis for example, the inflammation of the heart's muscular tissue and is a disease caused by infections and autoimmune diseases that results in shortness of breath and chest pains. A study conducted on animal models of experimental autoimmune myocarditis showed that CBD treatment significantly reduced autoimmune myocarditis and reduced heart failure. This is mainly due to CBD's well documented anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic benefits.

CBD can also improve blood circulation and induce vaso-dialation, or relaxation of blood vessels. This is important because hypertension, a symptom of inflammation, is a major risk factor for heart disease. When blood vessels become constricted and inflamed, blood is forced to pump through smaller openings at higher pressures, which stresses the walls of blood vessels and puts a lot of strain on the heart (think of this like putting your thumb on the end of a hose to increase water pressure).

Stress, which is associated with chronic inflammation, contributes to increased blood pressure and can lead to hypertension. A study in which participants were given CBD before taking a mental stress test proved that it could lower their systolic and diastolic blood pressure when compared to a placebo. Other studies dealing with participants with social anxiety have also shown CBD's ability to lower heart rates and blood pressure.

How to Use CBD for Cardiovascular Health

In order to receive the most out of CBD, it should be taken regularly. You can consider it like a healthy diet, which is most effective when used consistently! The best part is, CBD oil can be safely consumed every single day. And it's flexible  easy to use; liquid under the tongue, capsules or simply add to any healthy drink in your daily routine.

You can't overdose on CBD oil, unlike some over the counter medications, so it's safe to experiment a little to find what your body likes best. It's recommended to start with 5-10 mg a day and to build up by 5-10 mg every week or two until you find your happy place!

Most importantly … CBD oil is not a cure or magical solution to all health problems. It can't undo an unhealthy lifestyle, but it is a great component with numerous health benefits to add to your daily wellness routine.

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