CBD’s Effects on Cholesterol Levels
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CBD has been getting ALL the buzz lately. This immensely medicinal and all-around useful all-natural substance is unlike most elements derived from nature, and as discussions about CBD are becoming louder, state legislators are taking note, passing laws to legalize the use of CBD, which currently stands as legal in all 50 states, if the component is derived from hemp and not the related marijuana plant. CBD has an extended list of medicinal uses, everything from depression to diabetes to arthritis and even seizures.
The conditions it can assist with are never ending, which is partially why this miracle substance has gained so much popularity as more and more individuals turn towards it for aid. A much less frequently discussed use for CBD is actually to lower cholesterol levels.
Some evidence may suggest that this cannabis or hemp derived cannabinoid can impact these levels and actually improve overall heart health. Although the studies published have been overall positive claiming that CBD and hemp can help, more research does need to be discovered regarding this topic, which hopefully will occur in the near future once greater funding is allocated into cannabis related testing.
Keep reading to discover more about CBD’s Effects on Cholesterol Levels…
What Is Cholesterol?:
It is not always clear what exactly cholesterol means, unless you have a personal experience pertaining to this bodily compound. Every human being on the planet has a cholesterol level. It is by definition a lipid molecule, known as a sterol. Cholesterol is found in just about every body tissue, and it is not bad, so long as its amount is regulated and well balanced. It derives from two locations. The body itself makes all the required cholesterol for survival, with the liver primarily being in control of this function. All of the excess cholesterol is from foods that are animal derived, such as meat, eggs, some dairy products, poultry, etc.
This is why eating large quantities of bacon is often linked with health problems, because it increases the bad cholesterol within the body. Two major types of cholesterol exist, LDL (the bad kind) and HDL (the good kind). Having too much LDL and not enough HDL in the blood can lead to numerous health issues, and is linked with strokes, heart attacks and coronary heart disease. This is because this bad LDL cholesterol can form deposits within the arteries, which can cause them to become less flexible, or even produce a clot, which can trigger serious heart issues. For these reasons, it is important to maintain a good/bad cholesterol homeostasis, which is done by staying away from foods high in trans fats and saturated fats, consuming nutrient-rich foods and maintaining a proper exercise routine.
What Is CBD?:
On top of proper diet and regular exercise, it seems that research is pointing towards a link between CBD/hemp and a lowering of bad LDL cholesterol. But, what even is CBD? This may not be a familiar terminology for all, yet if you’ve smoked cannabis before, then you likely have unknowingly come into contact with this cannabinoid. There are over 100 cannabinoids present in the marijuana plant. Each of them produce their own results, but the most notorious by far has to be THC, one element of the cannabis plant that causes psychoactive effects and gives that “high” feeling. CBD is the second most common of these cannabinoids, but unlike its sister THC, CBD does not produce psychoactive effects, which is why it is sometimes prefered by some medical marijuana patients.
CBD is known scientifically as cannabidiol. It has become famous for its long list of medical uses, which were briefly mentioned in the introduction. CBD is 100% safe for both human and even pet consumption, and it can be derived either from industrial grade hemp, or from the marijuana plant. The kind of CBD products, however, that are legal throughout all 50 states of America, are the types derived from hemp only. A more select number of states have legalized marijuana derived CBD oil, which typically correlates with the recreational marijuana legalization.
CBD’s Effects on Cholesterol Levels:
Studies have shown that CBD has an ability to increase metabolism levels, allowing the body to process calories and burn off fat quicker, as well as being capable of decreasing cholesterol levels in the blood. Hemp and cannabis derived products contain omega 3 and omega 6, as well as being full of polyunsaturated fats, which are vital for maintaining good heart health and keeping bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries and within the body.
These studies present some evidence that CBD is effective at lowering cholesterol levels:
In April 2011, the scientific journal “Molecules and Cells”, published the results of one of their conducted animal studies. In their conclusion it was stated that hemp (CBD) oil possibly was capable of limiting the body’s ability to absorb dietary cholesterol.
The Israeli medical cannabis facility, Tikun Olam, stated in November 2012 that their newest strain release, packed with almost no THC and large quantities of CBD, was capable of treating numerous diseases, one of which was listed as heart disease, a condition related to prolonged high cholesterol levels.
In August 2011, a study published in the scientific journal Cell Mol Neurobiol. stated, “CBD treatment modulates cholesterol homeostasis in microglial cells…” (Rimmerman et al.).
Although these are only three presented examples, there are multiple additional studies that also support the claims that CBD is capable of decreasing and lowering cholesterol levels.
Ways to Consume Medicinal CBD:
There are a few possible methods of consumption with CBD, or cannabidiol. For those who enjoy and benefit from the psychoactive effects of THC, choosing a marijuana strain to smoke that has a relatively even composition of THC and CBD, can provide the best of both worlds. Some cannabis strains that are high in CBD includes, Canna-Tsu, Harlequin, Charlotte’s Web, Ringo’s Gift, ACDC, Cannatonic, Hawaiian Dream, MediHaze, Sour Tsunami, Pennywise. Each of these strains varies in the ratio between CBD/THC, but due to the numerous options, it will not be difficult to find an ideal option. Vape cartridges of these CBD rich strains are also sometimes available for purchase at dispensaries and recreational marijuana shops, in case smoking is not an option or is not suitable for you.
Probably the most common way that medical patients consume cannabidiol, is through tinctures which are simply CBD in oil form. These oils are either derived from industrial hemp or from the marijuana plant. The industrial hemp products are typically of lower potency, but they are legal in all 50 states. Marijuana derived CBD oil, on the other hand, can have an immense potency, but is not permitted in some states. Hopefully, however, in the future all forms of non-psychoactive CBD will be legalized, as well as other forms of marijuana.
Of course it is important to note that the absolute best way to lower cholesterol levels is with proper diet and regular exercise. These two factors act immensely in this regulation, but adding in frequent use of non-psychoactive CBD oil to the equation, can further help to keep the body healthy, thriving and existing with moderate cholesterol levels. If you are an individual that has been diagnosed with high cholesterol and would like to get a grip on these levels, then some form of CBD may be able to help get you to the exact place you desire to be in regarding your health.
It is important to remember that none of what has been written in this article has been reviewed by a doctor or medical professional, and therefore should not be interpreted as medical advice. We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. The consumption of cannabis and cannabis derived products is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.