Dear Nurse Jessica,
I heard that cannabis can prevent heart attacks. Is this true? And is there any evidence to prove it? Could you explain exactly how cannabis works to prevent heart disease?
Thank you for writing me and keeping me on my toes for evidence-based opinion. Information is one thing, but in general medicine, it can come across as a little hippy dippy without studies to solidify the facts.
The truth is, though, we need more studies to prove what people know intuitively about cannabis and countless patient profiles continue to identify. Until then, there are some things in life that can only be guided by the heart and followed by the trusted self. To me, with the right patient, cannabis is a teacher plant who calls to those who listen.
There are so many different factors that play into quality heart health for me. The core ones are nutrition and hydration, enjoyable physical activity, expanded consciousness, and cannabis use, both medically and recreationally.
When cannabis is utilized with precision, and the intake methods are diversified, this plant has the ability to heal, inspire, relax, ignite, and optimize heart health. Now, this being said, I’m not saying hit the bong all day and rock a bag of chips for dinner.
This medicine must be treated like a goddess. You must understand how to approach her and recognize there is comfort in ritual, but ignition in diversity. Also, you can only be as healthy as what you put in your mouth, drop under your tongue, vaporize in your device, roll in your paper, apply with infused lotions, or insert where necessary and ingest.
Growing cannabis is also an essential component to a healthy heart. Getting close to your medicine and seeing it flourish can bring an incredible sense of self-sufficiency and deep healing. I feel blessed when my patients open up to me about growing. Like children at Christmas time, their eyes radiate and the ailments we were discussing before seem light years away. These truths cannot be put into pills.
Your question is best supported by one of my go-to indexes, “The Cannabis Health Index” by Uwe Blesching, PhD. In this text, Blesching quotes a few studies, suggests cannabis particulars, provides affirmations, and sheds metaphysical light on the heart with nutrition and lifestyle.
One of Blesching’s quoted referrals was from Brazil in 2009. They explained that “CBD calms the autonomic responses to stress, such as rapid heart rates, by engaging receptors that select serotonin to achieve a calming effect.” Another was from New Zealand in 2007, when a team reviewed the influence of cannabinoids and the heart.
This study unveiled that cannabinoids positively influence “vasodilation, cardiac protection, modulation of the baroreceptor reflex in the control of systolic blood pressure, and inhibition of endothelial inflammation and the progress of atherosclerosis.” Take some time to read through these two studies in the index; I think you’ll enjoy them.
Lifestyle and consciousness are at the center of our wellness, Tonia. Prevention of heart disease can be assisted by expressing our emotions and asking ourselves the tough questions that keep popping up. It’s hiding from the kids to puff a little so you can actually enjoy them without screaming or feeling filled with guilt or anger.
Ganja brings lightness to a heavy layer of concrete and chemicals. She reminds us that a healthy heart is a liberated one. One who knows what works for oneself and can articulate boundaries in a loving way. The more ganja I let in, the more gentleness I express to myself and those around me.
May you walk from the center of your being and allow your heart to guide your deepest bonds, self-love, altruism, and truth.
Although I like to chirp, my advice cannot be substituted for your physician’s recommendations or treatment plan. My hope is that there was something here you resonated with.