Strokes and heart disease collectively kill almost 800,000 people a year in the U.S. alone.
Atherosclerosis occurs when arteries become restricted and hardened due to plaque buildup around the artery wall. There is a thin, smooth layer of cells inside our arteries that allows blood to flow easily; this is called the endothelium. Atherosclerosis starts when the endothelium becomes damaged, allowing bad cholesterol to build up along the affected spot in the artery wall. Our bodies send a certain type of white blood cells to attempt to combat the bad cholesterol but sometimes those cells get stuck and that’s when plaque can build up in the artery wall. This can be extremely dangerous because over time it can potentially lead to coronary heart disease, angina, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and chronic kidney disease.
How CBD Works To Relieve Atherosclerosis
Within our bodies we have what’s called an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS has two key cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors mainly deal with our nervous system, while CB2 receptors influence the circulatory system and the immune inflammatory response. By taking CBD you essentially are helping the activation of these receptors. Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, it has great potential to help with blood flow. Considering atherosclerosis is a condition with a fair share of inflammation, CBD may help, but without the harsh side effects attributed to pharmaceuticals.
Research studies have used doses from 15mg to as high as 600mg. Typical CBD supplements provide 20mg to 25mg. When taking CBD for atherosclerosis, dosing can vary widely depending on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing. One goal to consider is to use CBD to supplement or possibly replace pharmaceuticals you might be taking. CBD is an all-natural alternative that does not build up in your system and cannot be overdosed.
May we suggest trying one of our CUBED Hemp based CBD Tinctures. Available in 1200mg or 3600mg concentrations, mixed with our exclusive Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy or NYS-sourced sunflower seed oil. Our Graduated Sprayer makes it simple to dose properly.
It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement program. Most prescribed medications cannot and should not be stopped all at once.
It has been suggested to start with a dose of 10mg to 15mg of CBD twice a day. After a few days, you may want to reduce prescribed meds incrementally while increasing your CBD dosage the following day. Steps of 10mg are suggested to help monitor changes. Monitor your symptoms; be aware of how you feel. Don’t hurry the process. Wait 2 to 3 days between changes. This will allow you to determine the dosing that your body requires to meet your goals, while documenting how your medications interact.