Hypertension and Medical Marijuana


Hypertension / High Blood Pressure and Medical Marijuana Treatments

 

To understand how medical marijuana can ameliorate hypertension, it is important to understand what the condition is and how it affects the body. Hypertension, which is commonly known as high blood pressure, is a serious medical condition that can affect many areas of the human body and result in life-threatening consequences. This ailment is often referred to as the “Silent Killer.” If left untreated, this disease can cause serious damage to the cardiovascular system (e.g. heart, arteries, and blood vessels), which may result in heart attack, stroke, TIA, and even death. Moreover, blood vessels in the brain and eyes can rupture and hemorrhage, resulting in a possible aneurysm and/or blindness. Furthermore, hypertension can also be associated with renal (kidney) disease, congestive heart failure, and many other maladies. Continur reading to explore the ways in which the medical condition hypertension can be treated wwith medical marijuana.

 

Several factors, including genetics, poor diet, stress, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol, and tobacco use, can increase an individual's risk of developing high blood pressure. While it is important to do what you can to limit your risk factors, some individuals are genetically predisposed and at higher risk of developing the condition. Moreover, those individuals who suffer from chronic pain and other health issues may find that these ailments affect their blood pressure readings. For instance, chronic pain sufferers who are experiencing a bad pain day and/or frequent muscle spasms, which result in excruciating pain, might see their BP skyrocket during pain episodes but return to normal range when their pain is under control.

 How Can Medical Marijuana Help High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Is blood pressure raised or lowered by medical marijuana? It depends on several factors. Among occasional or infrequent users, studies suggest these individuals could experience a mild to moderate increase in blood pressure and heart rate, depending on dosage and the individual involved. This will be followed by a modest decrease in blood pressure (e.g. about 1-2 hours later). The onset of peak effects, such as elevated heart rate and blood pressure, generally occur shortly after consumption of the drug (e.g. 10 to 15 minutes after exposure). It is important to note that a tolerance to the initial effects can develop over time (e.g. a few days to weeks). Moreover, it is also suggested that repeated use of cannabis will result in a lower heart rate and blood pressure immediately following consumption. Furthermore, longtime users report that weed helps them maintain healthy BP levels. This is an effect supported by research studies but requires further investigation.

 

It also depends on the individual as some people may be more susceptible to possible side effects than others. Meanwhile, other individuals could experience minimal to no effects at all, while others could suffer severe effects from cannabis use.

 Hypertension / High Blood Pressure Research Report

Thus far, the research conducted on the long-term and possible adverse effects of medical marijuana use for hypertension is limited. Moreover, additional research is also needed in terms of the different cannabinoids, various strains, and delivery methods available for cannabis use. Until more extensive research is done on all of these aspects, the full extent of the benefits and drawbacks associated with weed cannot be understood. 

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12 Oct 2016


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