Studies in this section deal with Cannabis and heart disease, as well as other cardiovascular effects. Research indicates that Cannabis, especially CBD, has many useful effects on the cardiovascular system. Non-CBD Cannabinoids also have been shown to have effects on many parts of the cardiovascular system.
Cardiovascular Disease is a group of diseases involving the heart and blood vessels and can include coronary artery disease, angina, arrhythmia, or myocardial infarction (heart attack), among others. There are a wide range of risk factors causing the many types of heart disease, focused on smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, poor diet or excessive alcohol consumption. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of humans worldwide.
CBD has been shown to relax the vascular system, reducing blood pressure. Cannabis as a whole has also been shown to be a mediator of both vascular and heart tissue development, regrowth and damage. Atherosclerosis, the hardening of arteries, is also mitigated by many cannabinoids. These studies also show that cannabinoids other than CBD are also cardioprotective. CBD, as an anxiety-reducing compound, also reduces the cardiovascular response to anxiety or stress, helping prevent heart attacks and strokes.