If you’re like any normal person, chances are that you know or have even heard about hypertension, otherwise known as high blood pressure. Did you, however, know that in every three Americans, one suffers from this condition? Blimey, right?

Let’s talk a bit about high blood pressure here. High blood pressure is when your blood force against the artery walls is too high. In very simplified terms, high blood pressure is a condition that occurs when one’s heart needs to work extra hard to pump blood. This tends to put a strain on your heart and blood vessels. High blood pressure is often a precursor to stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, etc.

There are a plethora of treatment options available to one who suffers from high blood pressure, and if you are sufferer you may know them. However, do you know that aside from that strict diet you have to follow, the exercise and all those drugs that you by now have come to hate, you still have another option and answer in cannabidiol (CBD)? CBD is a cannabinoid occurring naturally in the hemp plant and has been shown to help in lowering blood pressure.

In the cannabis plant, there are naturally occurring compounds or cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most popular among them. While THC is deemed illegal because of its psychoactive and brain-altering properties, CBD is legal in most parts of the world. The way CBD works in the body of a human is by interacting with the cannabinoid receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system. The cannabinoid receptors that interact with CBD are found over almost every part of the body including the brain and the immune system.

How CBD lowers blood pressure
It is thought that a single dose of CBD oil has the potential to lower high blood pressure to considerable levels. This is in relation to a recent study conducted on a group of people with normal blood pressure where it was found that a single dose of CBD was able to reduce their blood pressure.

Though there are no clinical research studies published as of yet to reveal how potent CBD is in reducing high blood pressure, the system is awash with a lot of anecdotal evidences of patients who are raising the flag of CBD high, praising the substance and waxing lyrical about its role in helping to reduce their high blood pressure. Based on the study conducted on the group of people with normal blood pressure, this is how CBD is thought to work in lowering blood pressure: In everyone’s body, the pressure in their arteries or blood vessels (also called systolic pressure) anytime the heart pumps blood, is normal. In a sufferer of high blood pressure, it isn’t (it is high) and this is what CBD seeks to reduce.

As indicated earlier, CBD goes to work by binding itself to receptors of the endocannabinoid system in the body. These receptors are found on almost every cell of the body – in the brain, on the immune system, skin, bones, etc. Anytime someone takes in CBD, it is thought to work as a vasodilator by making the arteries and blood vessels more open to allow more blood flow with reduced pressure, and thereby helping to reduce high blood pressure.

CBD is showing a lot of promise everywhere you turn to. If you are a sufferer of high blood pressure and are at your wits’ end, you might want to go in for CBD oil. It is known to help reduce anxiety, stress, insomnia, etc. These conditions lead to high blood pressure. Make sure to confer with your doctor if you already are on some form of medication before going in for CBD.