How Does CBD Affect Blood Pressure?
If you have high blood pressure (also called hypertension), you may have heard that CBD can lower your blood pressure. CBD can be found in many products such as oils, tinctures, edibles (such as gummies, teas, chocolate, and more), pills or capsules, topical applications, and vape juices.
However, the research surrounding CBD and blood pressure are contradictory:
- First study – In 2017, a nine males given a single dose of CBD lowered their blood pressure
- Second study – In 2017, a study of mice found that CBD lowered blood pressure and heart rate caused by stress
- Third study – In 2020, a study of mice found that CBD did not lower blood pressure
- Fourth study – In 2020, another study found the CBD reduced blood pressure in human patients
Although the research is promising, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still notes that more research is needed before giving a recommendation for CBD products to be used to lower blood pressure. The best CBD product for high blood pressure would be in an oil or tincture form. This is because CBD has a higher absorption rate in oil form rather than an edible or tea.
If you do try CBD products, be aware that diarrhea, fatigue, and changes in weight or appetite can be side effects of CBD.
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