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Medical Marijuana for Hypertension

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Medical marijuana has been shown to ease the symptoms of those who suffer with hypertension and here at Sensible Seeds we have undertaken extensive research into the cannabis strains and treatments that will be of most benefit to hypertension sufferers. Sensible Seeds is committed to bringing beneficial cannabis strains and related medical marijuana information to you and all medical marijuana patients, and so we are updating our website as new discoveries come to light. We have sourced information from a variety of well-established medical marijuana websites and a summary of this information is laid out for you below.

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    The Sensible Seeds team are constantly updating the list of marijuana seeds available for sufferers of Hypertension and other medical marijuana related conditions. Keep checking back at the Sensible Seeds websites for updates on medical marijuana for Hypertension / High Blood Pressure. If you have found a cannabis strain which you found beneficial please let us know and we will list it here.


What is hypertension?

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is an extremely dangerous medical condition that is often referred to as the “Silent Killer.” Hypertension, left untreated can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels, eventually leading to stroke, heart attack, and death. Blood vessels in the eyes can pop and haemorrhage, causing blindness. Hypertension is also a factor in kidney failure, heart failure, and the increased chances of an aneurysm erupting.

In terms of symptoms – there are few noticeable signs of high blood pressure. Fatigue and headaches can be a problem or a sudden rush of blood to the head on standing. For many people these symptoms can easily be written off.

Blood pressure is measured using two numbers: systolic is the top number, and diastolic is the bottom number. The systolic blood pressure is the amount of force that the heart uses in order to push blood through the arteries with every heartbeat. Diastolic blood pressure is the force of blood in the arteries as the heart relaxes between beats. When the diastolic number is high, the body is at a greater risk of heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure. A normal reading for a person is 120/80 or below. 

Conventional treatments for hypertension

Conventional treatments for hypertension include diet and exercise, watching sodium intake, monitoring stress and ensuring periods of relaxation. Medication is frequently used to control high blood pressure but they can have a myriad of unpleasant side effects, ranging from exhaustion to impotence. When diuretics are used these can mean extra urination, erection problems, weakness, leg cramps, and fatigue. Beta-Blockers can lead to symptoms of asthma, insomnia, depression, cold hands and feet and erection problems. ACE Inhibitors can be the cause of a dry, hacking cough that will not clear up and a loss of ability to taste. Calcium Channel Blockers and Alpha Blockers can cause constipation, dizziness, headaches, changes in heartbeat and swollen ankles. Finally, vasodilators can cause excessive hair growth, fluid retention, headaches, irregular or rapid heartbeat, aches and pains and swelling around the eyes. 

Medical marijuana for hypertension

Medical marijuana can be put to many uses which can save lives among MMJ patients. Where hypertension is concerned, recent research has shown that the body’s internal cannabinoid system plays an integral role in regulating blood pressure. Animal studies have demonstrated that endocannabinoids suppress high blood pressure. Studies with MMJ patients have proved that medical marijuana can reduce hypertension to normal levels through regular use. With continued use, medical marijuana patients can maintain normal levels. It is only recently that medical and scientific communities have started to undertake serious research into using cannabis as a medicinal herb, and so studies and their effects on MMJ patients are still limited, however the research that has been completed effectively demonstrates that medical marijuana is a promising and beneficial addition to medical knowledge. 

How does medical marijuana for hypertension work?

Recent research has demonstrated that the body's internal cannabinoid system plays an important role in regulating blood pressure, but a full understanding of exactly how the process works awaits further research.  In animal studies it was shown that annadamide and other endocannabinoids that are present in marijuana suppress hypertension. These anandamide and other endocannabinoids profoundly suppress cardiac contractility in hypertension, hence normalising blood pressure. This has led some experts to venture that the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system “may offer novel therapeutic approaches in a variety of cardiovascular disorders” which can only prove of positive advantage to medical marijuana patients.

However, the administration of natural cannabinoids has yielded conflicting cardiovascular effects on humans and laboratory animals.  The vascular response in humans administered cannabis in experimental conditions is typically characterized by a mild increase in heart rate and blood pressure.  However, complete tolerance to these effects develops quickly and potential health risks appear minimal. In animals, the administration of synthetic cannabinoids has also been shown to lower blood pressure. A 1997 study demonstrated that cannabinoid-induced falls in blood pressure are enhanced in chronically hypertensive rats, including spontaneous hypertensive rats. Synthetic cannabinoids have not been linked to cardio toxicity in humans. Further investigation is obviously warranted if MMJ is to become more mainstream.

The cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors and endocannabinoid degrading enzymes are present in cardio-vascular tissues and the activation of CB1 receptors through the use of medical marijuana can lead to hypotension (the opposite of hypertension) and decreased cardiac contractility.

It is acknowledged that while smoking is harmful to the cardiovascular system, nevertheless, chronic smoking of cannabis has been associated with lower blood pressure and with symptomatic hypotension. 

Medical marijuana for hypertension – Sensible Seeds

At Sensible Seeds we are constantly updating the list of the marijuana seeds available for hypertension patients and those MMJ patients suffering other acute and chronic illnesses. Keep checking the Sensible Seeds websites for updates.             

The best known strains for hypertension include the indica dominant hybrids such as White Haze (Indica), Early Queen (I/S Hybrid), Northern Lights (Indica dominant hybrid), The Church, Black Domina, AK48, Purple Kush, Strawberry Cough (hybrid), Sweet Dutch, Grape Ape, Headband. For further advice and information about medical marijuana, contact the Sensible Seeds team.



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Sensible Seeds source all their medical marijuana information from related MMJ sites on the web. This information comes from reliable sources though we cannot be 100% certain of its accuracy. Medical Marijuana strains listed for helping certain medical conditions are again sourced from other medical marijuana web sites and are not officially approved by any government organisation. Recommended strains usually come from individuals that discovered that a particular strain helped them for a particular condition though this may vary from person to person. Our Medical information serves only as a guideline and customers are advised to make their own independent research. Sensible Seeds are not qualified medical practitioners and source any medical info from information already present on the internet. We cannot accept any liability for any issue arising for information provided on our website.

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