This Drug Can Lower Your Blood Pressure in Just Hours, Study Finds
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults suffer from high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension, and many don't even know it. Dubbed "the silent killer," when left untreated the damage it can wreak to your circulatory system is a significant contributing factor to heart attack, stroke and other health threats. Luckily the condition is treatable, with methods ranging from dietary and lifestyle changes to pharmaceuticals. Now, researchers are adding one more potential treatment to the mix after making a groundbreaking discovery. Read on to find out what it is—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 19 Ways You're Ruining Your Body.
Medical Cannabis Can Reduce Blood Pressure in Older Adults, Says Study
A new study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine conducted by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center have found that medical cannabis can effectively reduce blood pressure in older adults. It marks the first of its kind to put cannabis to the test in regards to its impact on blood pressure, heart rate and metabolic parameters in adults 60 and above with hypertension.
"Older adults are the fastest growing group of medical cannabis users, yet evidence on cardiovascular safety for this population is scarce," Dr. Ran Abuhasira of the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences, one of Israel's leading medical faculties, and the BGU-Soroka Cannabis Clinical Research Institute explained in an accompanying press release. "This study is part of our ongoing effort to provide clinical research on the actual physiological effects of cannabis over time."
Patients involved in the study were treated with cannabis therapy and evaluated using 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, ECG, blood tests, and body measurements, both before and three months after treatment. Researchers found that in just 24 hours, there was a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. In fact, blood pressure dropped the most dramatically just three hours after ingesting cannabis either orally via oil extracts or by smoking. The medical cannabis was effective in reducing blood pressure during the day and at night, although worked more dramatically during nighttime.
The researchers believe that the reduction in blood pressure could have to do with the pain relief it provides. "Cannabis research is in its early stages and BGU is at the forefront of evaluating clinical use based on scientific studies," Doug Seserman, chief executive officer of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, added. "This new study is one of several that has been published recently by BGU on the medicinal benefits of cannabis."
Cannabinoids Have Other Benefits, Too
According to the National Institutes of Health "drugs containing cannabinoids may be helpful in treating certain rare forms of epilepsy, nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, and loss of appetite and weight loss associated with HIV/AIDS," they explain on their website. "In addition, some evidence suggests modest benefits of cannabis or cannabinoids for chronic pain and multiple sclerosis symptoms." And to get through life at your healthiest, Don't Take This Supplement, Which Can Raise Your Cancer Risk.