CBD Oil and Blood Pressure

By | 16/05/2019

Have you ever wondered if CBD oil and blood pressure are connected? Have you wondered whether cannabidiol may have a positive impact on high blood pressure?

Yes? So have I!

There is a reason for this curiosity of mine.

I have this fixed image in my head: my mother extremely stressed by dust or dirt in her sterilized house with the blood pressure monitor in her hands and panic in her eyes.  

Dirt and dust are imaginary- she sweeps and cleans all day and she is never satisfied with the results.

But her blood pressure levels going up and down like a lift are worryingly real.

My experiment with my father’s psoriasis and CBD was a huge success. Now, it’s my mother’s turn.

My intention is to examine the potential benefits of my favorite cannabinoid on my mom’s occasional raised blood pressure levels.

I know that nothing can heal her from her obsession; detergents will always remain a passion of hers.

I want to find out whether CBD can help her before her temporary condition becomes permanent and transforms into hypertension.  

I won’t keep the results for myself, don’t worry. I’ll share them with you, as always.

Relax and keep reading to learn whether CBD oil can help with high blood pressure

What is High Blood Pressure  

When you measure your blood pressure you get two numbers.

The first and biggest of the two numbers is your systolic pressure and shows the force against the walls of your arteries when your heart is contracting and pumping blood.

The second number is the diastolic pressure and measures the pressure in your arteries during the intervals between heartbeats when your heart is resting.

Blood pressure is measured in ‘millimeters of mercury’ (mmHg).

A reading of 120 mmHg/80 mmHg or lower is considered a normal blood pressure. You should start worrying if you get readings from 120 to 139 mmHg/80-89 mmHg because these are considered risk levels. If you get readings of 140 mmHg/90 mmHg and above then your blood pressure is high (hypertension)  and you should urgently see your physician.

Why urgently?

For a simple reason!

Raised blood pressure is considered a silent serial killer.

No, I don’t exaggerate calling it a serial killer!

Hypertension is responsible for more than 7.5  million deaths worldwide. Coronary heart disease and both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes are linked to elevated blood pressure.

According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that almost 40% of people globally suffer from high blood pressure.

Hypertension World Map
Source: Wikipedia

Why did I call it silent?

Simply, because it is a sly, symptomless condition; it won’t warn you of its occurrence in your system.

So, if you expect that there will be symptoms to alert you and make you realize that there is something wrong with your blood pressure, I ‘m sorry to inform you that you are putting your life in serious danger.

I know that you have heard of some signs related to hypertension, such as

  • Intense headaches
  • Frequent nose bleeding
  • Blurry vision
  • Chest discomfort
  • Breathing difficulties or
  • Abnormal heartbeat

These are not warning symptoms.

They are signs of a hypertensive crisis.

Their occurrence indicates that your blood pressure has probably reached so elevated levels that could threaten your life by causing you a stroke or a heart attack.

Hypertension types, causes and risk factors

Hypertension can be categorized into two types:  primary and secondary.

In the case of essential (primary) hypertension, there is usually no identifiable or detectable culprit. It is considered an idiopathic or autoimmune condition. it tends to be a familial disease and it’s probably the result of a synergy between environmental and heredity factors.

High blood pressure is called secondary when there is a health issue that causes it. If you suffer from conditions like sleep apnea, diabetes, kidney problems, thyroid dysfunction or you have congenital defects in blood vessels, you should monitor your blood pressure constantly.

Illegal and legal drugs are not innocent either. Amphetamines and cocaine along with over-the-counter pain killers and antidepressants can skyrocket your blood pressure.

You don’t identify yourself in any of the above?

Wait!

Take a look at these risk factors :

  • Age. Hypertension risks rise in correlation with your age.
  • Family history. High blood pressure is often hereditary and runs in the family.
  • Ethnicity. People of African heritage develop high blood pressure more often and earlier in age than other races.
  • Obesity and lack of physical exercise. Sitting on the couch and consuming junk food isn’t the best thing to do to maintain optimal blood pressure.
  • A lot of sodium (salt) and very little potassium in your diet. Salt increases your blood pressure by retaining fluids in your body. Potassium balances sodium in your cells and prevents your body from accumulating it in your blood.
  • Smoking and heavy drinking.   
  • Stress and anxiety.

The white coat syndrome and the masked hypertension myths

I have two friends that suffer from two opposite blood pressure conditions that in the past were considered neither alarming nor serious.

Maria has a normal blood pressure in all settings.

Did I say all? I lied.

I meant in all settings except for one:

When she finds herself in a medical setting and a doctor or a nurse measures her blood pressure, she exhibits unexpected spikes in her blood pressure levels and her readings rise about 4 mmHg above the normal range.  

She was told she suffers from the “white coat” syndrome (the term “white coat” refers to the white clothing that medical professionals usually wear), a disorder that wasn’t treated as a health condition and it was, wrongly, considered as simple stress and nervousness in the past.

The doctors’ attitude towards the “white coat” effect has changed lately.

Scientific research indicates that Maria and lots of people like her have great difficulties in handling stress and anxiety.

As a consequence, they are at great risk of developing sustained raised blood pressure and cardiovascular issues in the future.

Hypertension Effects On Health
By Mikael Häggström, used with permission.

On the other hand, John’s blood pressure readings are more than perfect when taken by a doctor or a nurse.

He feels safe when a “white coat” is around and his readings appear normal. His blood pressure skyrockets as soon as he leaves the doctor’s office and returns to his high-stress daily routine and job.

John struggled a lot to convince his doctor that there was something wrong with his blood pressure. His physician thought my friend was a hypochondriac or a Munchausen syndrome sufferer because all his blood pressure readings at his office were optimal.

After numerous measurements in all kinds of situations and settings, the doctors informed John that his condition is the opposite of the “white coat” syndrome and is known as masked hypertension or reverse white coat syndrome.

My friends have one thing in common: they show intense reactivity to stress and anxiety.  

Both of them were warned to be cautious and were ordered to monitor their blood pressure constantly.

Moreover, their doctors were categorical: they have to find a way to control their mental, physical and emotional response to stressors and thus reduce their increased anxiety levels.

Are you wondering why?

Even though stress and anxiety do not directly cause hypertension, research indicates that they can have an auxiliary effect on the evolution of the condition.

“Stress can cause hypertension through repeated blood pressure elevations as well as by stimulation of the nervous system to produce large amounts of vasoconstricting hormones that increase blood pressure”

Kulkarni S, O’Farrell I, Erasi M, Kochar MS.

Both my friends have turned to CBD oil to cope with their stress and anxiety and their negative consequences on their blood pressure.

What does science say about CBD and high blood pressure?

Science has just started to unveil the potential benefits of cannabidiol on blood pressure and cardiovascular health.

A relatively recent study, published in 2017 in JCI Insight and carried out on humans, found out that cannabidiol has the ability to reduce systolic blood pressure.

This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study used nine healthy male volunteers with no underlying cardiovascular or metabolic disorders ( mean age 24 years; range 19–29). The participants were given cannabidiol in a single oral dose of 600mg  or placebo and their cardiovascular parameters were monitored using a finometer and Laser Doppler.

The subjects that had received the CBD dose exhibited a systolic pressure reduction of about 6mmHg during rest and in response to cold stress and an average decrease of 5mmHg before and after stress.

According to the researchers:

“… data show that a single dose of CBD reduces resting blood pressure and the blood pressure response to stress, particularly cold stress, and especially in the post-test periods. This may reflect the anxiolytic and analgesic effects of CBD, as well as any potential direct cardiovascular effects.”

Khalid A. Jadoon, Garry D. Tan, and Saoirse E. O’Sullivan

Our body’s own endocannabinoids have been found to normalize blood pressure and suppress cardiac contractility in hypertension. Moreover, research has brought evidence regarding the cardiodepressor and vasodilator effects of the endocannabinoid anandamide and the way CBD is related to it.

Additionally, there is good news regarding cannabidiol’s positive effects on cardiovascular issues.

Science has discovered that CBD

“induces a reduction in infarct size that is caused by reduced myocardial inflammation”

Durst, Danenberg, Gallily, Mechoulam, Meir, Grad, Beeri, Pugatsch, Tarsish and Lotan

Its potential to restore normal heartbeat rhythm after an ischemic attack and to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation suggests that it may be a promising approach to treat myocardial ischemia.

How does CBD influence blood pressure?

The negative consequences and the adverse side effects of prescribed medications are known to all. This is the reason why more and more people, worldwide, are turning to CBD looking for a natural and safe way to treat health problems.

Cannabidiol’s close relation to the most important system in your body, the Endocannabinoid System, enables it to relieve plenty of health issues.

High blood pressure is one of them.

CBD oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties. Because of them, it has the ability to positively influence high blood pressure in two distinct ways:

Anti-inflammatory Action

As I have mentioned before, hypertension is a multifactorial trait. Environmental and genetics determinants combined with unhealthy dietary or lifestyle choices lead to the condition.

Mounting scientific evidence has added one more culprit in the list: inflammation is actively involved in the initiation and the development of hypertension.

According to researchers inflammation and hypertension are reciprocally related.

To make it simple: inflammation may cause hypertension and hypertension may cause inflammation.

It’s a vicious circle, don’t you think?

How can you stop it?

By relying on the potent anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol (did you know that the US government has patented CBD for these properties?)

CBD oil interacts with the neurotransmitters of the Endocannabinoid System and manages to relieve chronic pain and treat not only acute but chronic inflammation as well.

CBD Oil - An Elixir from the Heavens

Anxiolytic Action

Stress and hypertension are related.

Remember my mother?

Under a stressful condition (dust on her furniture!!) she experiences frequent spikes in her blood pressure. As soon as she realizes that her blood pressure is raised, she gets more stressed and her readings rise even more.

Another vicious circle to cope with!

Chronic stress and -its immediate consequence- anxiety can cause repeated blood pressure elevations. If these high blood pressure episodes occur frequently they can harm your blood vessels and lead you to hypertension.

According to researchers, CBD can be used as a potential treatment on stress and anxiety because it has anxiolytic, antidepressant and antipsychotic effects.

CBD oil has the ability to combat stress and anxiety and keep you relaxed and calm and  therefore help your blood pressure levels remain low.

CBD and beta blockers

CBD oil is natural and safe but its conjunction with your prescribed medications can be problematic.

Beta-blockers (Tenormin, Toprol-XL, Sectral, Bystolic, Zebeta, Propranolol, Verapamil are some of them) belong to a class of drugs prescribed to hypertension sufferers. They lower blood pressure and slow down the heart rate by inhibiting the effect of epinephrine (also known as adrenaline).

Cannabidiol can change the way that these prescription drugs work. To be specific CBD may amplify the beta-blockers effects of slowing down the heart rate.

If you are on prescribed medications and you are interested in using CBD oil to manage your high blood pressure,

PLEASE

don’t take any unnecessary and, perhaps, harmful risks. Consult your trusted physician, ask for guidance and follow his instructions.

Wrapping it up

The aforementioned scientific studies regarding the way CBD oil lowers high blood pressure are promising and optimistic.

Its anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties can become an additional weapon in your arsenal against inflammation or anxiety induced raised blood pressure.

Modern society and hectic lifestyles play a significant role in the development of hypertension.

CBD can help you achieve calmness and relaxation and thus achieve and “enjoy” normal blood pressure levels.

It is not a panacea and certainly not a miracle substance, though. Its benefits can be enhanced by personal choices and decisions.

You should make all the necessary changes in your lifestyle and try to eliminate all the risk factors associated with it.

CBD oil in conjunction with a balanced diet, less salt and more potassium, physical exercise and reduced (or zero) consumption of alcohol and tobacco can lower your blood pressure levels and help you live a healthier life.

Which brands should you trust?

I wouldn’t buy anything from a source I don’t trust.

When it comes to CBD and health, you should be careful to choose a brand that is reliable, trustworthy and transparent.

VerifiedCBD, Joy Organics, Avid Hemp, Endoca, Nganic, and Elixinol are my personal choices. Their sourcing, extraction methods, lab tests, and clients reviews prove their claims regarding the quality of their products.

Why don’t you give them a try?

If you have any questions or want to share any personal experience regarding blood pressure and CBD products, please, leave a comment below

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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.

24 thoughts on “CBD Oil and Blood Pressure

  1. Jose Cruz

    Hey Effie, I find your article very well thought out and enligjting. It’s simply amazing how equipped our bodies are. We really have what we need to feel better and live better.

    Our lifestyle has become unnaturally stressful. The funny and tragic thing is that most of it is fabricated by the stressed out mind.

    Cannabis is showing itself to be a great and better way of dealing with our stressful modern life. It’s funny and tragic when one realizes that modern life was supposed to make things more convenient and thus less stressful – Now we see the opposite is true.

    Thank you 

    Jose 

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    1. Effie Post author

      Modern life has made things worse Jose. I think you will agree with me. Thanks to cannabis and its components we have some hope to be able to get some “inner peace” without having to cope with the adverse side effects over-the-counter medications cause to our bodies and without the risk of being dependent on them. Thank you!

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  2. Andres Agudelo

    The article is very accurate when it talks about the importance of the balance between body and mind since one affects the other, and excesses always take their toll, and even more so at this time that mental illnesses hit people in general, regardless of ages, and it is true that it becomes a trigger to have high blood pressure. 

    My father suffers from having high blood pressure and the description of the article is very coupled to real life and is very successful in saying he is a silent killer because if not for a general medical review my dad would never have known that he suffered from this disease and now thanks to his good habits is much better. 

    A very good article!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Andres, I am glad that your father could improve his blood pressure levels. Now you know that there is an extra helping hand to the situation that is safe and natural like CBD oil l!

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  3. Martin

    Excellent and well-researched article. Wish all articles were as informative and clearly structured as yours.
    I have slightly elevated blood pressure but never thought of using CBD oil as a “cure”.or prevention method.
    If things don’t bother you in your daily life you tend to procrastinate and by doing so making it even worse.
    How do you take the oil? Can you substitute it for other oils, for example, for the salad dressing or to make mayonnaise?

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    1. Effie Post author

      You said it right: prevention method! If your blood pressure appears slightly elevated, I think you should take preventative measures to avoid having to take any special medication in the future. 

      I suffer from hypotension but I use CBD oil to treat my anxiety issues. I take it sublingually twice a day. I occasionally use CBD edibles. 

      I realize you are a bit confused regarding oils, Martin. No, you don’t use CBD oil to cook or as a salad dressing. It’s Hempseed oil that can be used to substitute other oils. Please take a look at this article to get more information.

      Feel free to ask any questions, I am here to help and inform:-) 

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  4. Julian Paez

    It is very true that mind and body form a balance and if one is altered the other will be affected too, the article is very interesting when dealing with different points of view both psychological and purely physical, since I have an experience close to this disease, and that my father suffers, and the article is very clear, is a silent killer, never presented a symptom or complaint related to this, but if other diseases so it may be a derivative of taking medications to treat other diseases who has suffered, but his handling of good habits and proper medication, as mentioned in the article, helps a lot to keep his blood pressure stable, the article is very accurate with what he says and very concrete with the statements he uses to give Support your arguments. It is a very good article, well structured and detailed.

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    1. Effie Post author

      I appreciate you sharing your father’s experience with me and my readers, Juan. Thank you so much for your comment and support|

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  5. Dave Sweney

    This article clearly explained what high-blood pressure is, why we need to be concerned about it, and then showed the relationship between using CBD oil and the issue. Most definitely blood pressure us something we all need to be aware of and track, whether young or old (this disease can affect someone at any age once they are an adult).

    It appears from the early research that indeed the CBD oil can have a positive effect on the systolic blood pressure, a good thing. There are so many benefits to CBD oil that this additional one is going to bring in a new audience of fans I have no doubt. That is a good thing.

    I agree with you in using brands of CBD oils that you trust. I would even do some research on my own to see which may be most effective at the cost companies may be charging, and then look at testimonials from users too. There are some unscrupulous companies out there that are trying to take advantage of this growing demand for CBD oil.

    I cannot see any reason NOT to add CBD oils as part of your health regimen, the positive effect it has on high blood pressure is one more reason in a long list of them. This is a supplement that is going to out-sell all the others as time goes on I think, and that is because it helps so much. 

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    1. Effie Post author

      Studies and researchers support that a Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency may be the actual culprit of many health issues. One of the central and most important roles of CBD is its interactions with the ECS to prevent the breakdown of the endocannabinoids and to prolong their action. This mechanism of action of cannabidiol helps restore balance in the ECS.

      So adding CBD as part of your health regimen might be beneficial as homeostasis would be improved and maintained.

      The brands’ issue is sensitive, Dave. I wouldn’t encourage my readers to buy anything from anywhere. Safety is above all. There are things that one should take into consideration  before choosing a product: sourcing, lab tests, production methods. Cost, IMHO, is the last thing to consider, One should be suspicious with low prices, perhaps he pays for no CBD oil in the product. Take a look at  CBD oil brands to avoid to find out more.

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  6. Marios Tofarides

    Hey there,

    It is very well known that high blood pressure is a very dangerous and harmful symptom, which shall be treated as soon as possible, in order to avoid the possible health issues that might occur in the future, and that you have very well stated in the post.

    I wasn’t aware that CBD Oil is so good for mitigating blood pressure. The question is, is it better for mitigation of high blood pressure than conventional medicine?

    Thanks!

    Marios

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    1. Effie Post author

      Hi Marios! Welcome to my website! I am afraid that I can’t give you an answer to your question. You see, I am not a doctor. In case of high blood pressure that hasn’t been turned into hypertension officially, CBD oil can help lower high levels. I wouldn’t advise anyone that suffers from hypertension and is on medications to treat it, to substitute them with CBD oil without consulting a health professional.  I think the best thing one can do is collaborate with his trusted doctor and follow his instructions. 

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  7. jo Fontaine

    I’m surprised to learn that Blacks are this who suffer the most of Blood pressure. That’s explains a lot (oh, I know what I mean)… I like that you talk about CBD oil balanced with balanced diet. But for the alcohol, it will be harder (even If I’m a just social drinker, that’s all).

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    1. Effie Post author

      Hi Jo! Don’t you agree that the lack of balance is responsible for lots of physical and psychological conditions? Well, as far as alcohol is concerned, I would advise you not to exaggerate with social drinking;-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Joo

    Hi Effie,
    Yes, I definitely agree that high blood pressure is a silent serial killer. Unfortunately, high blood pressure runs in my family. But you know what, I DO NOT know half as much as you do! All the research you have done here is truly truly impressive!
    And this is the first time I’m hearing about white coat syndrome and masked hypertension. It’s really interesting. I’m glad your friends have found CBD and are managing their conditions with it. And your mother too.

    Thanks again for a very scientific and enlightening article!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Joo, your enthusiasm is contagious! I am happy you have learned things you didn’t know. The teacher in me feels rewarded, you know. Be well, my friend! Thank you so much for your comment|

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  9. Theresa

    Finally, an explanation of blood pressure readings that I can understand! I had a vague idea of what numbers to look for but no understanding of what they meant. Thank you.

    My husband and his mom both have high blood pressure and I have been wondering if CBD might be a good choice for them. I suspect that it would be.

    It seems to be a good choice for just about anything because of the way it guides our body into functioning the way it should.

    I take it for osteoarthritis pain and insomnia but I am noticing that I don’t need as much sleep as I used to and I have stopped taking supplements for brain fog with no noticable affects.

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    1. Effie Post author

      You got it right, Theresa! I guess that’s cannabidiol’s secret: it promotes homeostasis and guides our body into functioning the way it should. I am glad that your understanding of CBD and ECS has been improved. You are an excellent student, you know! 🙂 I feel that cannabidiol has been helping you find balance. Do you agree?

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  10. Todd P Matthews

    This is why CBD would be great for me in certain situations. I have horrific travel anxiety and at times have experienced depersonalization, which has affected my ability to travel over the last twelve years. I’m also a victim of the white-coat syndrome as well, and as a result, have made only one doctor visit in the past 12 years, the only instance was for a pre-work physical.

    In both situations, the blood pressure rises, but for someone who wants to travel without all the symptoms, the blood pressure spiking like none other being one of them, which almost always leads to anxiety and panic, CBD before undergoing a trip would be a natural therapy.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Psychological factors affect our physical health. I’ve learned it the hard way. Even though I suffer from hypotension, whenever anxiety comes back my blood pressure rise. I noticed it recently because I was left without cannabidiol for a couple of weeks: anxiety took control and literally wrecked me. I am not surprised that you suffer from the white coat syndrome: it can be explained by your anxiety issues. Take care of your psyche, Todd!

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  11. John

    With the current problems with most blood pressure medicines, this is important information. On occasion I have blood pressure readings above the 120 range, depends on the amount of exercise I get. The more I work out the lower my reading.
    I do take CBD oil daily, do you think this combination helps with controlling high blood pressure without other medication. I know you are not a doctor, just looking for an opinion.
    John

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    1. Effie Post author

      I do think so John! Exercise and CBD oil combined together might keep your blood pressure at normal levels. We need doctors when something goes wrong. It seems that you found the way to optimal blood pressure. Stick to it!

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  12. Justin Dew

    Great information on many of the benefits of CBD oil. It’s crazy as mentioned things going in a circle where hypertension can cause inflammation and vise versa. The fact that many of the causes or symptoms are actually controllable is good too. I always try and stay as active as possible and eat right, so I won’t have to go down that road. It’s also nice that there are some small bits of information concerning research. Just as mentioned though, talking to your doctor first is a must.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Our personal duty is to try to bring balance to our bodies and souls. A balanced diet and lifestyle along with inner peace may be the keys to good health. But when something goes wrong we should consult our trusted physician. Thank you for your comment, Justin!

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