CBD Oil and cholesterol7 September 2022
Nowadays, almost everyone knows the risks of high cholesterol. The tricky thing is that initially you won’t even notice that your cholesterol levels are too high. But behind the scenes this can undermine your health. When your cholesterol levels are too high, fatty plaque will stick in your arteries. This can lead to high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and diabetes and eventually it can even cause a heart attack. Research has proven that CBD Oil can possibly protect your cardiovascular system and can help with high cholesterol.
What is cholesterol and what are the risks?
When talking about heart and blood vessels, most of the time the term cholesterol comes along. You come across it more and more often: butter that helps to balance your cholesterol levels, special diets that are supposed to be good for your cholesterol and even self-tests to check how your cholesterol levels are doing. But what is cholesterol exactly and what is it good (or bad) for?
In your body, the liver produces cholesterol, but it’s also found in food products like dairy and meat. Cholesterol is a fatty substance and your body needs it for the production of vitamins and hormones for example. Cholesterol is needed for the strength of the cell walls.
Cholesterol can be divided into two types: HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). HDL is also called the good and LDL the bad kind of cholesterol. Even though too high LDL levels can be risky, your body still needs both types of cholesterol.
LDL is being called the bad kind of cholesterol, because it can block the arteries, which can lead to cardiovascular disease. Because the vessels clog up, it gets way more difficult for the heart to keep the blood pumping. This leads to a high blood pressure, which can lead to many more health risks.
HDL transports the fatty substances in the body back to the liver: it helps to remove the LDL. When your cholesterol levels are too high, it could also be a sign that your triglyceride levels are too high. These are also fatty substances and like cholesterol, they can cause heart failure.
The balance between HDL and LDL cholesterol
Normally your body is capable of balancing the cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, our way of life can be troublesome. The use of certain medicines, smoking, a lack of exercise, stress, eating too much saturated fat and disease can disturb the balance. Besides this, age and hereditary factors can also play a role. All this can lead to a rise of your LDL cholesterol levels.
Your cardiovascular system doesn’t just get healthier when you manage to lower your cholesterol levels. It’s important that you lower the LDL and increase the HDL. Higher HDL levels reduce the risk of heart disease and is important to keep your heart and arteries healthy.
Most of the time medication is prescribed to get the cholesterol levels back to normal. These medicines are called statines. They increase the HDL cholesterol, so more of the LDL cholesterol is being transported from the arteries back to the liver. But CBD Oil could also have positive effects on the cholesterol levels. However, we advise against starting to use CBD Oil on your own when your cholesterol levels are too high. Always consult your doctor first!
Can CBD Oil help to lower your cholesterol?
CBD Oil can possibly help to lower the cholesterol levels. This substance, which is produced by the hemp plant, collaborates with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is your body’s spider in the web and ensures that all kinds of important processes can keep running smoothly, like pain, sleep and mood, but also metabolism and inflammation. This way it can even help to keep your cholesterol levels balanced and reduce the risk of unwanted health problems.
When your cholesterol levels are too high, plaque will form in your arteries. Fatty substances will stick onto the walls of the blood vessels, which make them narrower and leads to vein calcification. This process damages the vein walls and these lesions attract immune cells. However, these defence cells also end up in the fatty build-up. Instead of helping, they contribute to the damaging of the vein wall, which will weaken in time.
CBD can possibly reduce the inflammation that come with this process. Because CBD can bind with the CB2R receptors of the cells, it has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. CBD can help to protect heart and blood vessels because it can trigger the cellular death of abnormal immune cells. They can’t send signals any longer, which reduces the amount of defence cells at the scene.
Lower cholesterol levels
Research on animals has proven that CBD can ensure a rise of the good HDL cholesterol. Mice who were suffering from obesity were given CBD for four weeks. Their HDL cholesterol levels increased by 55% and the overall cholesterol levels decreased by 25%. The researchers also noticed that the triglyceride levels dropped. So, it looks like CBD has a similar effect as statines. But, in comparison to this kind of medication, CBD is safer and has less side-effects.
Lower the risk of a heart attack
CBD Oil can also help to lower the risk of a heart attack or heart disease. A research has been done into patients with ischemic stroke. This is the most common type of a stroke, which means the artery that transports blood to the brain is being clogged up. CBD can help to reduce the damage caused by the stroke, because it has vasodilating properties. This can stimulate the blood flow to the brain. Another study stated that CBD can help to protect the brain up to three days after the stroke.
CBD Oil and cholesterol: lower the blood pressure
One of the consequences of high cholesterol levels is high blood pressure. Cholesterol causes the blood vessels to contract, so the blood pressure rises. The vessels also harden because of the arteriosclerosis, so the blood can’t flow so well. The pressure on the vessel walls increases. CBD has vasodilating properties. According to research, CBD can help patients with a high blood pressure, obesity and too high cholesterol levels, by lowering the blood pressure.
What can CBD Oil do against the risks of cholesterol?
Unfortunately, you won’t notice your cholesterol levels are too high, until you start to experience severe symptoms. By then, most of the time the damage is already done. Research shows that CBD Oil can help to protect the heart and blood vessels with high cholesterol levels, so the damage can be avoided as much as possible. So, preventive use of CBD Oil could be very useful, to help your body to keep the cholesterol levels balanced.
Do you want to give CBD Oil a try? To support your body with maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, you can use both Full Spectrum CBD Oil and CBD Tablets. Both products are easy to use and meet the highest quality standards. Do you already use medication to lower your cholesterol? Always consult your doctor first, to make sure CBD Oil is suitable in your situation and with your regular medicines.