Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… HYPERTENSION?

Definition of hypertension.

Hypertension is a clinical name for high blood pressure. Occasional blood pressure increase is normal and may occur from time to time in healthy individuals, but hypertension is a chronic medical condition when the blood pressure in the arteries is constantly elevated. There are two measurements to determine blood pressure: the systolic (maximum) and diastolic (minimum) pressures in the arterial system. Normal blood pressure at rest is between 100–140 mmHg systolic and 60–90 mmHg diastolic. If the respective numbers are persistently above 140/90 mmHg, such condition is called hypertension.

Patients with high blood pressure occasionally report headaches (particularly at the back of the head), lightheadedness, buzzing in the ears, vertigo, altered vision and fainting episodes. Sustained hypertension is a major risk factor for a number of serious diseases, such as stroke, peripheral artery disease, coronary artery disease, hypertensive heart disease, and chronic kidney disease.

How can medical marijuana help?

Lowering your blood pressure will most likely demand changing of your eating habits. Particularly, refrain is required from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, which define the lifestyle of many people. It has been noticed that medical marijuana can be a suitable substitute for the above mentioned substances. For example, the sativa strain, derived from medical marijuana, provides the similar brain stimulatory effect as caffeine, but without risk of boosting blood pressure. Also, a lot of eating disorders which are associated with hypertension are linked to lack of endocannabinoids produced by the brain. Replacing them with the ones gained from medical marijuana would help patients gain a sense of balance and control over what they eat.

Concerning the stress counterpart, historically the smoking of cannabis has been a means for relaxation and mind-clearing. Reducing the stress by use of medical marijuana may be a good alternative for anti-depression medications. If it is approved by your state legislation, why not give it a try?

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