February is the month to recognize and prioritize heart health! Remember – our heart beats over 100,000 beats per day and circulates rich oxygenated blood that nourishes our cells. While this process helps keep us alive, it can also make us vulnerable: arterial walls dilate with each wave of circulation and minor micro-injuries may occur which could lead to inflammation & plaque build-up inside these vessels. A healthy balance is needed because cholesterol (LDL & HDL) plays a role in cell wall structure & hormones, and if we have too much LDL we are at greater risk for heart attack or stroke. Heart Health Month helps us remember how powerful yet fragile our cardiovascular system really is.
With our hectic lifestyles, Western diet, and increasing stress levels, we all look towards supplements to provide a shortcut.
Could cannabinoids be part of the solution?
Early research suggests that long-term cannabis use leads to higher HDL (good) cholesterol levels, while reducing LDL (bad) among certain populations. When cells become inflamed due to problems like atherosclerosis or high blood pressure – CB2 receptors are expressed asking for endocannabinoid messengers to turn down the heat. However, chronic stress erodes the production of endocannabinoids and weakens this regulatory system. Supplementation with phytocannabinoids may activate those receptors to reduce inflammation and potentially prevent future cardiovascular issues such as heart attack or stroke.
Cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, and terpenes like beta-caryophyllene can be cardio protective, promoting better blood flow through relaxing the peripheral circulation and reducing inflammation. THC should be used in very low doses by those with heart disease as it may cause tachycardia, particularly if it is inhaled. Frequent smoking of cannabis can lead to higher risks, and other routes are preferred. Sativex, a 1:1 CBD: THC oil was used as treatment for spasticity with stroke patients in an Italian study, without significant cardiovascular adverse effects like rapid heart rate or changes to blood pressure.
700,000 American die each year from heart disease, and the greatest risk to our cardiovascular health today seems to be our own doing. Those who face metabolic problems might begin healing with lifestyle changes, such as transitioning to a plant-based diet and getting daily exercise. Meditation and breath work are relaxing to the circulatory system and promote emotional well-being. Supplementing this approach with phytocannabinoids from cannabis may give you an even greater chance at success, especially if CBD helps reduce pain so you can get moving again.
Over the years, many of our clients have improved their blood pressure and metabolic panels, allowing some to reduce their pharmaceuticals. Consulting your doctor is key when considering incorporating CBD into your regimen, and we can help you begin the conversation.
Call our Nurse Line (970) 404 – HOPE (4673) to learn about how to make cannabis and CBD work best for you.
Lumir CBD offers targeted blends of cannabinoids, terpenes, and botanicals to help balance the body-mind-spirit on a daily basis. Nourishing your endocannabinoid system with these vital plant compounds might be the edge you’re looking for to love your heart again.
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Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd for Clinical Conversations on Cannabis and Heart Health with Nurse Elisabeth and Sherri at 12 PM PST on YouTube and/or Facebook.
Come learn about how cannabinoids can benefit your cardiovascular system for optimal health and wellness.
Discover more with our FREE Holistic Caring Network run by our certified cannabis nurses and our pharmacist, Sharmaine where you will find community, intro to cannabis course, patient portal, support, and webcasts all to help you get started on your journey.
Blessings and love to you from all of us at Holistic Caring & The Green Nurse