Cannabinoid Cardiovascular Benefits

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While there is an abundance of ongoing research examining the benefits and effects of cannabinoid products currently underway, there is a plethora of research already done that is readily available with conclusive results.  One of these studies that we’ll be focusing on today is the effect cannabinoids have on the cardiovascular system and it’s potential benefits. 

Consumption of cannabinoids has been shown to cause vasorelaxation through large to small conductance calcium activated potassium channels.  Though this is largely dependent on the state of the endothelium, and the the smooth muscle interaction, studies have shown that cannaboinoids do indeed cause vasorelaxation in the pulmonary artery in humans.  As well as in the mesenteric arteries, studies have very recently shown that the effect can have up to a 40% reduction of pre-imposed tone.  

Okay, so, that was more than a mouthful. What does it all mean exactly, and what are the benefits cannabinoids can offer you?  First let’s break down exactly what vasorelxation is and why it might be of interest as a potential health benefit to you.  

Vasorelaxation, simply put, is the reduction of tension in blood cells.  This effect has all kinds of health benefits for the body, but where the most benefit is seen is where the cells are the thinnest.  The most thin layer of cells is called the endothelium, which is a single layer of cells that lines the various organs of the body.  

These cells then work together to perform the most vital of processes that happen in the cardiovascular system including:

* Barrier function 
* Blood clotting 
* Inflammation
* Formation of new blood vessels
* Control of blood pressure
* Repair of damaged or diseased organs via an injection of blood vessels

As we’ve seen, cannabinoids have positive effects for the cardiovascular system, benefits of which can be summarized in this informative table. Among those being; vasorelaxation of preconstricted arteries, enhancement of endothelium function, reduction of stress in cardiovascular response, reduction of cardiac dysfunction associated with diabestes, reduction of damage in stroke through maintaining cerebral blood flow, and amelioration of negative effects of a high glucose environment in cell adhesion for barrier function in cells.

Furthermore, the evidence suggests that the cardiovascular system benefits from the therapeutic effects of cannabinoid consumption.