Most people are well aware of the different conditions that cannabis can be used to treat or manage, and one of these conditions is hypertension. Hypertension is characterized by an increase in arterial blood pressure and is a very serious condition. Here's a rundown of some research findings that propose a link between the disorder and everyone's favourite green herb:
Hypertension can be fatal if untreated and so, of course, it is incredibly promising that cannabis has the potential to manage it. Cannabis can do this by interacting the body's endocannabinoid system, a network made up of cannabinoid receptors thought to regulate the cardiovascular system, as well as many other bodily functions.
Hypertension and cannabis consumption
Scientists at McGill University in Canada tested THC on rats and discovered that their blood pressure was lowered significant as a result. This study has an abundance of support, with many other researchers publishing the same findings. The science behind this is pretty simple, in that a person's veins expand when they're stoned, causing the heart to beat quicker to compensate for less pressure available in the arteries. You may not know it, but evidence of this can be seen in one of the most common physical side-effects of smoking weed, red eyes.
It has to be said that there is indeed research pointing in the other direction. For example, A UC San Francisco Longitudinal Artery Risk Development study examined data from thousands of adults over a period of 15 years and found absolutely no correlation between hypertension and cannabis consumption.
More research certainly needs to be done on the matter, and I don't doubt that with the rapid pace of legalization and acceptance all over the world, it is only a matter of time before some groundbreaking findings are discovered. For now, all I can definitively say is that weed influences the body in many ways, though only science can explain properly how and why.
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