The Effects of Medical Cannabis on Arteriosclerosis/Atherosclerosis
Arteriosclerosis is a disease of the heart that is characterized by the hardening and thickening of artery walls due to the accumulation of fat, plaque, and cholesterol in the arteries. As a result, the levels of blood oxygen that are necessary to maintain a healthy heart are lowered. It is important to acknowledge that there are several reasons why millions of people suffer from a disease for which hundreds of traditional and alternative treatments claim to cure it. The anti-inflammatory properties of both THC and CBD may contribute to the reduction of pain and inflammation in MS patients.
An overview of arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women across a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the United States, a person dies from coronary artery disease every 40 seconds. It is estimated that nearly 18 million Americans aged 20 and older suffer from coronary artery disease, the most prevalent form of heart disease in the country.
It is important to note that Arteriosclerosis can affect any number of organs, including the heart and carotid arteries, as well as causing heart attacks and strokes. The symptoms of peripheral arterial disease include numbness in the limbs, pain in the limbs, and a bacterial infection, among others. In spite of the fact that arteriosclerosis is a potentially deadly disease, it often goes undetected until the body is in great distress, resulting in a medical emergency. One of the primary traits of this illness is that it generally does not show up until after the body has been seriously injured before it shows any signs or symptoms.
The main risk factors for developing this condition are diet, exercise, and smoking, though certain medications may help to alleviate the symptoms. It is unfortunate that there is no known cure for arteriosclerosis, which makes research that suggests medical marijuana might prove to be effective in the treatment of the disease all the more encouraging.
Cannabinoids and Arteriosclerosis: How Do They Work?
The research group of Swiss researcher Dr. François Mach of Geneva University Hospitals discovered that THC binds to the C2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is associated with anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, THC also inhibits blood vessel constriction, according to a recent study published in Nature. According to Mach, the use of THC in conjunction with cholesterol-lowering therapy may help in the fight against atherosclerosis.
According to the study, the discovery adds to the list of medicinal uses for cannabis chemical compounds. As well as its well-known use for pain relief, the medication is also used by patients suffering from anorexia to stimulate appetite and cancer patients to relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy,” according to Nature.
Medical cannabis and CBD have been proven to help patients with anorexia and those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer therapy.
A 2012 article in a journal called Clinical Cardiology suggested that cannabis use without smoking could have a “salutary” effect on the endocannabinoid system which is linked to atherosclerosis. Cannabis and THC research has also shown the possibility of treating heart disease due to the plant’s undeniable anti-inflammatory properties.