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Is CBD safe for people who already have heart disease?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has become very famous in the past few years, but cardiologists and other doctors are still trying to figure out how safe it is for some patient groups.

What is the research?

As the use of cannabidiol (CBD) grows, high-quality randomized clinical studies are needed to see if the heart disease-fighting effects of CBD seen in laboratory data will work in the real world, according to a study given at ACC Latin America 2022 together with CardioAcademic. Based on the studies that have already been done, there isn’t enough data to make any treatment recommendations.

Is CBD the same as Marijuana?

CBD comes from the cannabis plant, which is widely known as marijuana. It does not get you high. It can also relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and possibly fight cancer. Researchers say that as more people use these drugs, more people with heart problems may think about using them too.

Because CBD can reduce inflammation, the study looked at how it might help lower cardiac ischemia. This is a situation where the heart doesn’t get enough blood, which can cause chest pain, heart failure, or a heart attack because the heart has to work harder to pump blood and oxygen. There were nine preclinical studies in the review, but no good randomized control trials (RCTs) that looked at how CBD can help with acute or chronic coronary symptoms. Based on a review of the nine preclinical studies, some of the results showed a lowering of reactive stress and inflammation.

CBD isn’t a magic bullet. If you are already on any other medicines, you should talk to a doctor to see if you can take CBD. Always ask about drug combinations with the ones your doctor has already recommended, and don’t stop taking any drugs your doctor has given you.