Cannabis has been used as a natural medicine for a long time. Today, it is gaining more acceptance for medical and recreational use.
THC is derived from the cannabis sativu plant and is very relaxing. It is found in cannabis plants but also in hashish. The effects vary greatly from person to person but for many it is a good choice for relieving some or most of the symptoms associated with high blood pressure. As it is a natural product it is legal in most countries.
What is THC?
THC (Delta-9tetrahydrocannabinol) is a natural chemical compound that has a very relaxing effect on the human body.
It has been shown to improve symptoms of high blood pressure, anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. It may be effective in preventing cancer and heart disease, treating asthma, and stimulating appetite.
What products contain THC?
Cannabis. The active ingredient in medical cannabis, such as delta 8 thc gummies, is usually tested for THC before it goes on sale. Although there may be an additional ingredient that affects color, THC and any other chemicals are the main ingredients in marijuana.
THC is the chemical that gets you high. THC products contain trace amounts of the chemical and don’t have any other chemicals to make the end product have an effect.
Does THC Work For High Blood Pressure?
Yes THC works to lower the blood pressure.
There are numerous studies that show that THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) can prevent strokes and heart attacks. It is also effective in controlling high blood pressure.
Inhaling THC can cause blood pressure to go down temporarily. The reason for this is that THC relaxes blood vessels by dilating them and also causes blood vessels to constrict by narrowing them – a process called vasoconstriction. The net effect of this is that it causes blood pressure to decrease.
THC dilates (stretches) the walls of blood vessels, thus dilating the small arteries and arterioles throughout the body. As these vessels dilate, they become temporarily smaller and constrict, reducing blood flow. This results in a decrease in both blood pressure and blood volume at the tissues’ surface. It works for about half an hour and then the blood vessels return to their pre-dose size.
In the last part of the THC effect, THC constricts many of the blood vessels in the skin and mucus membranes which results in a decrease in blood flow to the skin and tissues. As blood flow is limited to the skin and mucus membranes, there is less blood available to go lower in the vascular chain to the organs – in essence, the body is cut off from blood supply when the THC is in effect.
So, as the THC effects wear off, the blood vessels in the body go back to normal size. The constriction is then reversed and begins the cycle again.
Treating High Blood Pressure With Cannabis
High blood pressure can be treated with a low dose of THC (10 – 15 mg/day). There are several potential benefits of hemp and its constituents:
- Cannabidiol reduces the release of arachidonic acid
- CBD binds to adenylate cyclase (AC) receptor
- CBD reduces the activity of the renin-angiotensin-allylic dehydrogenase
- CBD reduces plasma levels of angiotensin-converting enzyme
THC is not only useful for treating symptoms like anxiety and insomnia but for helping with more serious health issues like hypertension and chronic headaches. It also relieves symptoms like nausea and muscle spasms, which can cause you to feel unwell or uncomfortable.