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Cannabis and its impact on high blood pressure

August 3, 2016

Given the increasing prevalence of hypertension at a time when states are liberalizing cannabis laws, people want to know: what are the effects of cannabis on blood pressure? Does it lower blood pressure? The answers largely depend on who you ask or what study you read.

One in three adults in the U.S. has high blood pressure, a condition known as hypertension. Left unmanaged, it can lead to cardiovascular disease, which is characterized by an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and even heart failure. A number of factors, including poor diet, stress, physical inactivity, alcohol, and tobacco use increase the risk of developing hypertension.

Some of the effects of cannabis on blood pressure, particularly the acute effects, are well understood and documented. However, research studies describing other effects, especially long-term adverse or positive effects, are limited, and often plagued by poor study design or the fact that findings from animal studies don’t always neatly transfer to human subjects.


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Further, many research findings are highly generalized, focusing on THC while neglecting consideration of the numerous other cannabinoids. Logically, a cannabis strain high in the psychoactive cannabinoid THC would yield different results from a strain high in the largely non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD.

Perhaps most frustrating, published studies investigating differences between consumption methods – such as the effects of smoking cannabis versus ingested edibles – are essentially nonexistent.

With these limitations in mind, here is what we do know.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term Effects of Cannabis Consumption

Short-term vs. long-term effects of cannabis consumption

Does cannabis raise blood pressure? Studies suggest shortly after consumption, occasional users will experience a mild to moderate dose-dependent increase in blood pressure and heart rate, followed by a modest hypotensive effect (a decrease in blood pressure). The onset of peak effects like elevated heart rate and blood pressure occur within 10 to 15 minutes after consumption.

Users can develop a tolerance to the initial effects over a period of a few days to weeks, and repeated use has been associated with lowered heart rate and blood pressure immediately following consumption. Anecdotally, many people report that cannabis helps them maintain healthy blood pressure levels, an effect supported by research studies.


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Here’s an interesting piece of “non-trivial trivia” you can use to impress friends at your next cannabis-inspired intellectual discussion: posture during consumption may influence blood pressure. Suppose you’re sitting or lying on your couch – your blood pressure will temporarily increase immediately following consumption. Once you stand up, blood pressure will drop. In fact, if you stand up suddenly, blood pressure could drop significantly enough to induce enough lightheadedness to make you feel like you’re about to faint (don’t worry, it’s unlikely you’d actually pass out).

On the other hand, if you’re standing up when you imbibe, blood pressure may decrease without ever initially increasing. However, there isn’t a lot of published data verifying this effect. (If you’ve done your own comparative measurements, feel free to share in the comments section below!)

Cannabis and Stroke or Heart Attack

Cannabis and stroke or heart attack

As far as serious adverse risks, a UC San Francisco longitudinal Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study analyzing data from 3,617 African American and Caucasian adults over a 15 year period found there was no long-term causal link between cannabis consumption and the risk of heart attack or stroke.

However, there are a limited number of animal studies and human case reports that suggest a link between acute intoxication and stroke or heart attack. But, these findings have been called into question by a 2006 report published in the Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology Journal: “Despite the drug’s extreme popularity, reports of cannabis-related stroke and myocardial infarction are so rare as to still be reportable.”


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Further, human case reports often don’t take into account that in these rare events, people may have consumed cannabis in conjunction with alcohol, tobacco, or stimulants contemporaneously or shortly before the incident.

Nonetheless, a Harvard Medical School study concluded that for an hour after consuming cannabis (especially in at-risk populations; e.g. seniors), the odds of suffering a heart attack increases by five times. Risk returns to normal within two hours. Notably, sex carries a comparable risk increase. This begs the question: does combining cannabis and sex exponentially increase one’s chances of a heart attack? We’re eagerly awaiting a follow-up study from Harvard to answer this question.

Is There a Link Between Cannabis and Hypertension Treatment?

Is there a link between cannabis and hypertension treatment?

It’s long been established that the body’s endocannabinoid system (whose naturally occurring chemicals behave similarly to cannabinoids found in cannabis) play an important role in regulating many of the body’s key physiological functions, including cardiovascular function.

A growing body of research shows that anandamide – the body’s naturally occurring version of THC – relaxes blood vessels, the implication being that by allowing blood to flow more freely, anandamide helps lower blood pressure.

Notably, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism published a report concluding “endocannabinoids tonically suppress cardiac contractility in hypertension,” and that “targeting the endocannabinoid system offers novel therapeutic strategies in the treatment of hypertension.”


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The degree to which the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating blood pressure has long inspired researchers to examine if we could treat hypertension by manipulating the endocannabinoid system.

However, we’re not there yet. Remarkably, despite the fact that cannabinoids have been studied for their potential as antihypertensive agents since the 1970s, no cannabinoid-based medications have been officially approved to treat hypertension. Moreover, despite an ever-growing body of anecdotal evidence and numerous studies suggesting the regular use of cannabis does appear to produce long-term lower blood pressure levels, we lack the sort of rigorous human studies that would allow physicians to confidently say, “Use cannabis to treat your hypertension!”


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As we continue to develop a better understanding of the cannabinoid receptor system’s role in cardiovascular regulation, we’ll soon be able to more confidently identify the therapeutic role for cannabinoids in blood pressure control.

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  • Anto

    “This begs the question: does combining cannabis and sex exponentially increase one’s chances of a heart attack?”

    It POSES the question. It would BEG the question if an assumption was made as to what the answer to the question would be.

    • And it’s not exactly a hard question to answer given what the study showed. It would obviously be potentially dangerous given the combination of heart rate increases from both cannabis and sexual arousal.

      • Bitchcoin

        Factor in other things, like Viagra, and you have a melting pot of death. Note: avoid sex with your wife at all costs.

        • Latard Odom (Emir of Africa)

          Your wife especially…

        • Steven

          Would have to be an open casket…they would never get the lid on.

        • DelRioRoy

          Smoke after sex. After “things” have relaxed. lol

    • ruby2zdy

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, correct-word person.

    • AndrusskenN

      In any case, I’ll volunteer for the study.

  • Beleave

    I have hypertension and my Dr said cannabis was ok. He said he didn’t want me to smoke it though, but because of the lungs. I do like my Flowermate mini vaporizer, but I’m having a hard time getting that heavy chill feeling I get with smoking. Sativas are great with it though.

  • lovingc

    Some strains cause more effects than others. I check my pressure once a day and I can say for sure that it isn’t the same with all strains some will cause a spike in pulse rate which changes the pressure others don’t even register. So if you are worried about it get the machine and check it during and after use and you will see how it affects you.

  • TebiCake

    You just published about how cannabis smoke reduces artery dilation; i.e. increases blood pressure… Why haven’t you linked those facts to come up with a conclusion?

    • Nigel Burgess

      I missed that bit, where was it?

      • TebiCake

        perhaps I was referring to Leafly in general

  • ruby2zdy

    And high BP can damage your kidneys and retinas. I speak from experience.

    • Allie

      Low BP can mess with your vision, too. Personal experience. Annoying if not actually damaging.

  • Jeff Young

    Most certainly lowers my bp from 120-130/84 to 94-111/70 – I check it quite often and would like a scrip.

    • DrJimbojinx

      At the age of 78, I was showing readings in the area of 180/135 and my doctor had a real heart to heart with me. As a certified user in MI, I am using vaped cbd, a vaped cartridge with thc and high indica rating, and vaped cherry cookies THC which is also a strong indica candidate. Averaged over 5 readings, my levels are 124/77 with heart rate at 66. Not bad for one so geriatricly challenged !🤗 Over a week of thc via weed or cartridge, my diastolic readings fall at 80 or less. It works for me !!! So far !!!

      • 1969nam

        Thanks for posting your positive feedback.

      • Jason Draney

        I can say from personal experience that it is a life saver! A little over a year ago my blood pressure spiked over night. Going from an average of 155/95 to 223/128 and stayed that high for a few months, even with 3 different blood pressure medications. It was so bad that for the first time in my life I developed daily migraines! I started smoking and the first time it dropped 30 points, where it refused to budge even 5 points on 3 different medications. It slowly raised 20, for a net reduction of 10 BP points! Every time I smoked after that it was the same story, down 30 back up 20. So every time I smoked it dropped 10 long term. Over the course of smoking for a few months it dropped over 100 points. But it was too late, the high blood pressure reduced my kidney function down to 65% proven by a biopsy and blood work. Honestly pot probably saved my life and myself from a stroke!

      • Debra Kelly

        My home experiments show BP at 130/71 before I partake in the peace pipe, and 92/63 afterwards. I’m 62, as of yesterday, and am down to 2 of the 4 heart bypass blood vessels that were used in 2005 to bypass the clogged arteries to my heart. Until I began taking Meloxicam for my misdiagnosed, thus far, shoulder pain, I was taking one baby aspirin daily, and have had nitro on hand. I’m on medicine that is used to lower blood pressure, yet this plant, with no other treatment than a drying process can do THAT in your body? I am shocked we have not united and mobbed the people representing us where they’re supposed to work in our favor: Lawmaker’s Paradise, where greed replaces the will of the people.

      • Mike edal

        thank you for the specifics it will help

  • Gloria Conner Bray

    I do have high blood pressure. Just started taking CBD, and am concerned that it may affect my hypertension. I have Essential Tremors, and that is my primary reason for trying Hemp Oil. However, if it makes my blood pressure rise, I don’t want to continue taking it.

  • realcasual

    I’ve had a mild case of hypertension since I was in my mid 40’s and have used Vasotec and Azor to control my blood pressure. Being one who hates to ingest pharmaceuticals, I found that Hawthorne Berry and Magnesium will to a degree reduce my blood pressure and those things are water soluble. To my amazement when I smoke Indica its like a a dose of Azor. Now I monitor my blood pressure 3-4 times a day and by consuming the Hawthorne berry and magnesium plus late in the day smoking some Indica, (which improves my appetite) my blood pressure while writing this is 128/70. Oh by the way I’m 68 years old..

    • orphenshadow

      Thank you for sharing this. I just got diagnosed with hypertension and put on two meds. Lisinoprol and Norvac. I don’t even like taking an asprin. I’ve made concessions for zyrtec when my allergies are super bad Anyhow. My BP is around 181/103 currently and I’ve been feeling lethargic, headaches constantly, less ability to focus. So I bit the bullet and went in to see the doc. Our state is putting medical on the ballot next year and that got me curious as to the effects. This gives me some hope that there is a more natural option in the future for me than these damn pills.

      I know there are a lot of differences between the types of the plant and the effects. I’m just curious as to how long it’s going to take doctors to figure out the types that need to be prescribed or if they will even consider it as a treatment option if legalized. So I’m trying to figure it out myself.

      • Lynn Zorzetto

        I also take those two drugs for BP and one of the interactions with Norvac is grapefruit. I was just reading about cbd for BP and it said that if your drugs interact with grapefruit, cbd will also so if you’re going to try cbd make sure you stop any meds, that interact with grapefruit.

        • Ron Maxson

          You shouldn’t be eating grapefruit if you have a heart condition anyway.

          • anonomyssy

            Why shouldn’t you eat grapefruit?

          • Allie

            I dunno why this person says so, but in reality, grapefruit does have something in it that can interact badly with many medications – google.

          • Paul Fenton

            Grapefruit contains enzymes that can interact with some medications and reduce their effectiveness, particularly high blood-pressure medications. So if you drink or eat grapefruit while on these medications, they may not be absorbed correctly, and the effectiveness may be decreased.

      • AndrusskenN

        Unfortunately, my opinion is that by growers trying to maximize THC content, they have removed a lot of the valuable helpful cannibinoids that were once present in the plant. There are so many strains that it may take a lot of experimentation to find what works right in each person’s case.

        • Debra Kelly

          Oh, but what fun to experiment WITH! It’s not a health risk, whatsoever; the ones publishing the “research shows” BS were paid to do so by Big Pharma. What do YOU think you’d find? Therefore, in the states with Victorian morals, head-up-a$$ syndrome, and other maladies preventing the Head Honcho from just throwing in the towel and decriminalizing this plant and all of its derivatives, you may be subjected to an arrest record, which may include, at the expense of taxpayers like yourself, some time in the Grey Stripes Motel, complete with that real ‘heavy metal’ record to carry around for the rest of your life. So, make sure to check your local laws and behave accordingly. These old dogs have to die, sometime, too, you know. Be careful, and God bless and protect us both until decriminalization. Love, Debra

          • Allie

            It’s not fun to experiment with if you are in need of immediate pain relief – or if you are in need of immediate blood pressure control. Experimenting with different strains to see which reduce your blood pressure most…. Well good luck with that.

          • Eliska Adema

            And it’s not fun to experiment with if you have bad reactions. A lot of conditions which MM treats, such as fibromyalgia, make the victim sensitive to medicine – even ‘natural’ ones Florida made MM legal, but the education of physicians and the distribution facilities is pathetic. A doctor will enter your prescription in a data base, but the ‘pharmacy’ will still hand you a list to review your choices. In an effort to not over regulate the industry, it’s almost as if they’re acting like all users just want to get high.

          • Virginia Llorca

            Taking prescription meds that make you feel awful is not good. I am going to try exercise and dope. Over a year at the doc with no answers.

          • Allie

            Leftover puritanical morals. I don’t think ANY U.S. states conform with Victorian morals.

          • Mr Wayne

            NO, but they do want to be seen that way.

        • Mr Wayne

          Too true.

        • Virginia Llorca

          Blue kush makes you sleepy.

      • Carolyn Zaremba

        One of the bad side effects of Lisinopril is a terrible, choking cough. I had to be taken off of it and it took a week for the cough to go away. Now I take Losartan and Hydrochlorothiazide. Also aspirin and atorvastatin (Lipitor) as stroke prevention.

        • Maeve Flaherty

          I had a cough too, with Lisinopril. It would even wake me up at night. Now I’m on Hydrochlorothiazide and Valsartan. No cough!

          • T Mst

            I stopped coughing but my dick fell off.

        • MaryRC

          I had to get off Lisinopril, because it gave me pancreatitis. 🙁

          • Beverly Tuft

            I had to get off Lisinopril because it effected my knees–it was really bad pain in my knee joint, and the pain left within 48 hrs of stopping.

        • Mike edal

          Statins are dangerous . im the one in 10,0000 (LOL) that suffer bad effects on the joints. Getting off them helped but will not reverse the damage done. Now having advanced arthritis in the spine Im searching for a strain of MM that would help control the pain,stress, insomnia as well as lower my blood pressure. Can any one offer strain suggestions ?

          • Anita Taco

            Hi Mike, I’m 33 and Was Diagnosed With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at 11 years old. I felt like a trainwreck for almost all Of my 20’s, they had me on time Release Morphine for pain. Somehow, aside from high BP and VEry mild joint Pain, I feel pretty good, all things considered. I GOt Off THe Morphine, Lost Weight, STarted AVoiding inflammation Causing Foods, But It Was When I Started to exercise that things really turned around for me pain wise, and not even because of the exercise itself! It was from the intense amount of stretching I was doing to hopefully avoid injuring myself even worse. Just stretching with this thing I call my “stretchy strap”, I guess it’s technically called a stretching strap? That Strap Is a Miracle Worker, It Has Loops And It GIves You SUpport So You can really LEan In ANd Open Up The PArts Your STretching, They USe them In Yoga ANd Ballet a Lot! I would seriously recommend one to Anyone With Chronic pain! I know Thats Not the info Youre Askin FOr, But I Thought Id SHare Anyhow.

            Sorry, My Kindle Fire Gets All Screwy And Starts Randomly Capslocking For EVery Word. Dont Know Why Or How To Make It Go Away Once It Starts.

          • hal0bender

            Maybe look into kratom for the arthritis? Wonderful at pain management. Possibly in conjunction with some CBD/THC could help you. Kratom will def help with pain and insomnia. Note though I have noticed it increases my BP, albeit temporary. Another arrow in your quiver though.

          • Dolores Molloy Dryden

            Took Lovastatin for quite some time. My knees are becoming painful. Stopped taking it. Almodipine for blood pressure made my ankles and lower legs swell. Took myself off. I need to find something to lower my blood pressure. It’s high. On Lisinipril now but am sick and tired of taking poisons. All it does is create more issues. Lovastatin cause severe muscle spasmodic pains. Horrid. I am 75. Hate Big Pharma.

      • Debra Kelly

        So am I, Baby. Good friends who share with you can be the most helpful. I have never met a user who didn’t want to share a new strain with me. I am very blessed, and pray you are blessed with good friends, as well. I, too, want to get off these pills, but have been afraid to, until now. Personal home experiments with an at-home BP cuff has proven, for me, what all the scare is about in the medical field, regarding the legalization of a plant resin that they have yet to be able to duplicate in the lab. (Hmmm…). Our bodies have been found, through research, to have cannabinoid receptors already surrounding the major organs in our bodies. All of us. From birth. (Check Vevo on YouTube for a film from the Discovery channel with narration by Peter Coyote, if interested in more.) If it becomes legal, nationally (dare I dream worldwide?) to own, grow, buy, etc. something that cures what EVER ails you, you have put a lot of very rich people out of work. I’m praying someone will finally be in power who has the balls to scream “DECRIMINALIZE!” before these pills manage to finish me off.

    • Carolyn Zaremba

      Magnesium gives me very bad diarrhea, even in small amounts taken. Can’t go near it. I’m the same age as you. I’d prefer the Indica since my blood pressure is usually somewhere in the 130s (top number).

      • Nareth Leang

        There are many forms of magnesium. You likely took magnesium citrate which is in fact a laxative. Research alternate forms of magnesium: Some do not cause this side effect.

        • The_ATL_Guy

          Did you your medical degree from, Google U?

          • Scotty Myers

            Thats the spirit! Chive on and dont let the door hit you in the rear on the way out.

          • Android_God

            Oh man, you’re old as dirt!

          • Scotty Myers

            Sure am! And some day, you my lad, will be as well.

      • T Mst

        I wonder if the diarrhea is a symptom of Mg deficiency. I believe pot smokers are known to commonly be Mg deficient. Coincidentally, soil used in pot cultivation tends to also be Mg deficient. Maybe the stuff just strips the Mg out of anything with which it comes into contact?

    • Debra Kelly

      Isn’t that amazing? I had CABG in 2006 @50. I just did a personal experiment with a gift from a friend in a pipe. Before: BP:130/71; pulse: 90. After: BP: 92/63; pulse:76. I have clogged all but 2 of the bypasses, so this seems remarkably important, especially now. It would appear that my body is aware of the deficiencies in my circulation system, and is adjusting my blood pressure accordingly. Using the memory on my blood pressure machine, I checked and compared dates and readings, and the days my BP were recorded (I got tired of fooling with it) fell in line with my Friday night activities at the bar, which always included various strains being sampled and shared by friends. Tonight, all other factors except tobacco were removed. Mind blown at 62 years of age? Check.

    • Lisa M. Duncan

      Thank you for sharing this. I’m 51 and have high blood pressure, and when I smoke my heart races for a bit. I take Metoprolol (Linsinoprol and I don’t get along), which really helps, but I do worry about the smoking weed. I’ve heard Magnesium is good to take for all kinds of things so I may try it. Thanks!

    • Bruce

      I’m 62 and my BP is often very high (like 170/90 … 180/92 … etc). In fact, the dentist refused to do my teeth cleaning today because it was 170/87 or something, so they sent me home. A few months ago, it got up to 212/110 so was told to dial 911.

      Right now, after smoking a few reefers early on (about five hours ago) it is 128/80.

      In other words, the particular strain I’m smoking (probably indica-sativa hybrid) definitely lowers blood pressure over a long period — several hours.

      I just noticed this effect the last time I smoked, so I’m still experimenting, but it appears to be a real effect, and correlated to ingestion of marijuana.

    • Alan Taylor

      Hi, as of today i started taking blood pressure pills called Ramipril 5mg. Im worried if this is gonna be lifetime medication for me, My question is, did you stop taking your blood pressure pills? you called it Vasotec and Azor? any side effects? they say , its dangerous when you stop taking your meds. I hope smoking Indica would help lowering blood pressure. Must be high in THC ? THC makes me so high and euphoric. Any recommendation a strain good for High Blood pressure ? Im sure Indica.

    • Alan Taylor

      Does Hawtorne Berry comes in capsules or liquid?

  • Gloria Conner Bray

    Realcasual, thank you.

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  • Blaze14me

    Cayenne pepper in powder form or liquid form will lower blood pressure very quickly. Even will stop a heart attack. Weed relaxes you from stress Which increases the blood pressure along with process foods.

    • AndrusskenN

      Is it just cayenne, or any pepper high in capsaicin? I eat more jalapenos than anyone I know, and my BP constantly stays high.

  • Ellen Steinmetz

    So I have high blood pressure and Ivery been treating my depression and anxiety with weed. So when I’ve been going to the gym right after I’ve smoked I’ve noticed my heart rate only goes up to 135-140 when I’m not high it’s at 155-160 and I’m working out the same. So I think it would help with high blood pressure.

    • Dude

      heart rate and blood pressure have no correlation.

      • bitc1

        There is a correlation. I live this problem as I have a problem with low blood pressure and tachycardia. I quote from “High pulse rate or tachycardia is often associated with low blood pressure. Tachycardia is a reflex response to fall in blood pressure. When the blood pressure is low and the tissues of the body are not receiving adequate perfusion, the body raises heart rate in order to compensate for the low perfusion. Therefore, almost all causes of low blood pressure will result in low blood pressure with tachycardia.”

        • Paul

          Tachycardia can’t fairly be compared to normal rhythm. Arrhythmia is a disfunctional heart rhythm, and naturally blood pressure decreases, since it’s not as effectively pumping blood. Your hypotension is not correlated to your arrhythmia, and while in a tachycardia rhythm and the consequential lower blood pressure, your normal sinus rhythm and blood pressure could be anything.

          • bitc1

            I have orthostatic intolerance. As such any drug or supplement that lowers my blood pressure pretty much stops me standing up so I have to be very careful what I take. Have had a lot of bad experiences over the years with things I’ve been prescribed or taken that have this side effect. This year has been disastrous due to taking too high a dose of vitamin D and cannabis oil simultaneously, both of which lower my blood pressure. When I stand up, my blood pressure drops. To compensate the heart rate rises. My heart will raise to 30-40 beats on standing often. I also get tachycardia when the orthostatic intolerance gets really bad. CBD oil I should imagine is very useful for people with high or normal blood pressure, but not for someone with pre-existing orthostatic problems or problems with veins not constricting on standing etc… There are various causes to POTS like problems like mine, be it autonomic failure, hypermobility etc… but people with these conditions need to be careful what they take. Any product that lowers blood pressure or causes vasodilation is a no go.

          • Allie

            I’m sorry, that sounds really stressful. In Europe, they actually prescribe medication to raise people’s blood pressure. In the United States, not so much. It is less common than high blood pressure….but not necessarily safe. Sometimes if I need to get up in the night I am not careful enough and I fall. I’m on medication for lots of other things, though, it’s not just the MJ I’m sorry you have to work so hard, being careful. I didn’t know that vitamin D could do that, though – thanks for mentioning it and I’ll definitely keep in mind. Watch out for Vitamin K too I’ve found that can affect BP a lot.

      • MikeG

        For the average person (12-18% bf, in decent shape), as HR decreases, BP increases. In people who are in awesome CV condition (long distance runners), resting HR and BP can be extremely low (some have been mistaken for having a medical emergency). In very out-of-shape individuals (obese, 25+% bf) HR and BP are very high. However, the same effect exists in powerlifters who are overweight (not fat; too much large, dense muscle). Believe it or not, these individuals have only a marginally lower risk for stroke/AMI than obese (high bf) people, despite the enzymes produce that protect the heart from pushing huge iron. There is a correlation for every type of person. Hope this helps clarify.

        • Allie

          Learning first aid in h.s., my health teacher insisted I was taking my pulse wrong – she was shocked to find a very low resting heartrate b/c, while I ran x-country, I wasn’t a very good athlete. However, I had the genetics, I was super-skinny and I got more than enough exercise. I had asthma, too, and sort of ironically that made my lungs develop stronger and deeper breaths easier (whenever I didn’t have bronchitis).

          MJ-induced low blood pressure worries me though. This is not the good, heatlhy kind of low resting levels. This is with low levels of exercise. It is different for everyone, like you say, MikeG. I try to go by what feels right, but there are steep learning curves involved.

    • Gloria Conner Bray

      Thank you, Ellen.

    • Mandybear44

      stick with CBD only. You heart rate seems to be way too high..should not exceed 100 at resting.

  • Rahila Alvi

    Can CBD Tincture drops raise one’s blood pressure? I have chronic Hypertension and when I took drops, my BP readings are like 183/103. I am on narcotics for chronic back pain. For 3 months, so much pain was taking more narcotics, my BP was very low. Last Saturday, I got state approved Marijuana card. I bought CBD drops and my BP is very high. I am still using same amount of narcotics, but after using CBD drops raised my BP significantly.

    • sAmmy

      interesting find! I was on higher doses of beta blockers for the past 10 years. I have used CBD’s to help fight inflammation and just for their overall benefits. A few days into using them consistently and my pressures dropped too low. I gave it a break and then tried again numerous times, each time resulting in lowered BP. I just had surgery a week ago and have since not used much of my beta blocker- my BP is running normal/low with out meds. I was planning on treating my post op pain with cannabis, but my BP was too low for the first few days following surgery. Now that I have cut my beta blocker back to minimal if at all, I am giving the CBD capsules and THC edibles a go. I’ll monitor my BP regularly and see where i get. I would love to ditch the pills and rely only on the plant!

      Each of us are made up differently and react differently. Is your tincture grape seed oil? Ethanol?
      Maybe the reaction of the narcotics/weed combined? Do you take meds for your hypertension now?

      Best of luck to you! I really hope you can make the transition from pharmaceuticals
      to Cannabis. At least on your chronic pain end of things. I was on heavy doses of narcotics for years. They’re DEAD end drugs.
      They mask the pain for a little while, only to have to continue to increase your dose. Eventually your so doped up you don’t realize it and the months/years are just a blur. You’re robbed of life from the time you start them until the time you end them/they end you.
      Your body creates more pain that isn’t even there, just to get its fix, since its now chemically dependant on the drugs.
      Cannabis doesn’t sink its hooks into you like the stuff the doctors are handing out.
      I hope you get the opportunity to give it a good go without the issues with your BP!

  • norsequeen

    I was diagnosed last year with secondary hypertension after nearly 70 years of low to normal blood pressure. At the time I was taking morphine for the chronic pain that I’ve had for over 35 years. I only took the morphine in the last 5-6 years. 2 months ago, I decided to stop the morphine and use high CBD strains of cannabis. It was amazing!! I have so little pain now with regular daily use of the cannabis. However, my blood pressure has not gone down. The Dr. put me on a medication that caused a horrible cough that I’ve had now for over 2 months without cease. Today, she prescribed a different medication. I’d much rather not take those meds, so this article gives me hope that I can go back to having normal blood pressure again without the pharmaceuticals. My mother died from taking meds that counter-acted the side effects of other meds so that she ended up taking handfuls of pills every day until her heart just stopped when she was 63. I don’t wish to go down that same path!!

    • Carolyn Zaremba

      Sounds like you were taking Lisinopril. I took it and had that same cough. The doctor took me off of it right away, but it took a week to go away.

  • dianehappylife420

    My mother started using pure cbd oil a few months ago. She easily drops it in her mouth/gums everyday and she is pain free throughout the day and tells us she feels so much better after taking it. She has a heart condition and high blood pressure. It really seems to help her out and with her moving and going all day brings so much joy after a bad scare we had last year. Miles above!!! This is the oil she purchased and swears by it!

  • AndrusskenN

    I wish this article was dated.

    • Debra Kelly

      Cannabinoid resin has been found in pipes by archaeologists. The information on the benefits cbd has on us is timeless. But, for you, it’s Monday, August 14, 2017. Better?

      • Allie

        Weird. Mine says August 3rd. Debra, what web browser were you using?

    • rooibos

      It is Aug 2016… right under the title at the top of the page.

  • Kathryn Aldridge

    This might be pertinent: I’ve been smoking cannabis for 49 years now and I have LOW blood pressure. I wonder if that’s WHY?

    • Allie

      I have low blood pressure for a number of reasons… One of them is simply genetics. Now, marijuana lowers my blood pressure so much that one of my doctors did not want me to join the medical marijuana program in my state. A lot of people assume there’s no such thing as blood pressure that is too low… but I run 80 over 50 at times, and that is not healthy. I eat extra salt, rather than cutting it out of my diet. It’s tiring and it can indeed increase a person’s heart rate in an effort to get oxygen to all the tingly fingers and toes. Low blood pressure can also cause dizziness and even disorientation. If you have medical equipment at home, checking a pulse-ox can be important and a good indicator if something is wrong. Fainting is not uncommon. It can be unsafe to drive. Hell it is unsafe to walk, at some of those numbers.

      In fact, low blood pressure is as much a hazard as high blood pressure – it is just less commonly known. Those with HYPOtension need to be educated, too. I use marijuana for pain control and PTSD and I am very careful with this medication that has a side effect of lowering blood pressure.

    • Allie

      Er I meant to say, you probably already had a tendency towards low blood pressure and the pot lowered it more. In a way it doesn’t matter why… You still have to be aware and cautious and it sounds like you are both of those things, Kathryn. Sorry it took me 6 months to answer! 😉

      • Kathryn Aldridge

        No worries. And yes, that very well may be true. And yes, I am cautious and aware of my body at all times, as I’ve had ME/CFS for 27 years and I HAVE to be aware. Thanks for your reply.

  • Zamasu

    The Harvard study only relates to combustion, which is likely the reason for the increased risk. Additionally, THC lowers blood pressure.

  • Maurice Mckinley

    I’m 60 and have been living with hypertension for 8 years now. before I got it under control I was testing 190/110 and having a minor episode once or twice a month. life style changes and prescription drugs helped get it down to 145/90 but when I started using cannabis for my arthritis I found that I no linger needed prescription drugs. I still test twice a day but now its down to around 120/80. sometimes going as low as 110/73 cannabis seems to work better than prescription drugs without the unpleasant side effects.I don’t recommend stopping your medication but you may be able to gradually reduce the dose. I may be one of the lucky ones who was able to stop using drugs when I started using cannabis for an unrelated condition. I do use a high CBD strain and that may play a role in this

    • Mike edal

      Statins are dangerous . im the one in 10,0000 (LOL) that suffer bad effects on the joints. Getting off them helped but will not reverse the damage done. Now having advanced arthritis in the spine Im searching for a strain of MM that would help control the pain,stress, insomnia as well as lower my blood pressure. Can any one offer strain suggestions ?

    • Sheba Anu

      Maurice, What strain of cannibis do you use to get your blood pressure down.

  • dissturbbed

    IMPORTANT=Weed is great for BP however it can be very dangerous for fellow BP folks if you quit cold turkey. My BP is usually around 130 to 140 however If i quit cold turkey for say a job it can spike to 180 to 190 right about the four day quit mark. So be careful especially if your bp is up there.

    • Gloria Conner Bray

      Will Hemp oil help Essential Tremors? My head and hands shake constantly, and I’d love to have help. I, as I have mentioned earlier. have high blood pressure. and am on Metatopral–50 mg a day. and would like to get off of it. I am 88 and was born with Essential Tremors.

      Thank you,

      Gloria C. Bray

      • dissturbbed

        Not too sure about hemp oil. What you need is a compound called CBD. CBD doesnt get you high and it is completely safe to use.

        • Gloria Conner Bray

          Thank you, dissturbbed.

  • hunter

    One amazing thing I have noticed is the vast amount of improvement in my asthma due to cannabis use. I’ve used perscription Advair and albuterol inhalers to manage my asthma symptoms since childhood. I’ve always had a higher than normal heart rate and blood pressure, nearly every single time I’ve had them checked. Along with my meds, my family has a history of large men with heart and CV problems that generally lead to heart attack at one point or another.

    I’ve been smoking cannabis for about a year and a half now (3-6x a day), and i no longer take my steroid inhaler, advair, and VERY rarely do i need a rescue (2 times since july 2016 that were both caused by excercise and livestock animals). My BP and HR have both decreased, and they very rarely go out of the “normal” range for me. Cannabis has aided my CV health and my asthma more than ANY other option i have been given thus far. I have never felt as healthy as I do at the point I’m at now.

  • thebnote1

    Just retired. Have 11 stents. Strong Heart, poor plumbing. The paternal side of my family all males have had bypass (some very young). All have died of heart failure. I recently began using cannabis. My blood pressure now has not been this stable in some time. Have always struggled with BP. Am on 4 different BP meds at max doses. Not sure what all long term effects of all these meds are. I guess kinda like cannabis and log term effects Not only the BP but a smile, a laugh, relaxation. So, I should stop why? 🙂

  • Garry Butler

    I’m a young guy with hypertension, I do everything right physically and still seem to have HBP. I def feel weed helps me but it’s illegal here so I’m having to put a job before my health smh.

    • Bob T. Builder

      That really sucks man… state (PA) just legalized it medically this year. I was seriously considering moving before the dispensaries opened up this month, if I were you and there is nothing holding you back I would move to a legal state. It seriously sucks living in a state that will throw you in jail for a plant that has such healing powers.

    • linked1

      Hi Gary – joining this thread late, but I’m interested in your situation. I’m in my 40’s, but fit and pretty athletic yet I have hypertension. I’m usually at around 150/92 heartrate 65 before I go to bed, first thing in the morning it’s around 135/82 HR 62. When I see a doctor they see me and assume I’m completely healthy – until they take my BP. I don’t want to take medication unless I’ve exhausted all other options. I’m curious if you have any insights and what your BP levels are. Thanks!

  • Cynthia Blessedandhighlyfavore

    I have high blood pressure also have very low heart rate naturally 55 to 65 bpm, i would like to try cannabis to control bp but concerned about it lowering my heart rate even more . any thoughts on this?

    • Henrik Hansson

      I will recommend you visit AnnCannMed for inquiries as well as medical purchases

  • JonVon Dam

    Hi all, My BP is normally high, Take Lisinapril and Metoprolol, But today with taking any meds today, my BP is 73/48 Pulse is 85. This is after consuming oatmeal and water. It was 60/46 about 1 hr before. Any ideas for raising BP ?

  • Dean Day

    I am 71 and healthy and when I drink alcohol and use pot I sometimes pass out. The time I was able to sit down and take my blood pressure (normal average 105/63 with pulse 50) after smoking pot and drinking (not drunk) it was 54/36 (on the edge of coma) with pulse 45 and irregular heartbeat). It doesn’t always happen. It takes about 20 minutes to recover normal blood pressure. I think it was Bruce Springsteen who said he woke up on the grounds of the Woodstock festival the day after the event, having vomited and crapped his pants, and thought to himself “Wow, when can I do that again?”. I feel for those of you who need to reduce your blood pressure. I am posting just to spread info. If you wind up like me, try to get down on the ground when you see the lights start to fade. I don’t know of anyone else who has this problem. My doctor had nothing to say.

  • linked1

    Fit and athletic but moderate hypertension – I’m joining this thread late, but I’m interested in any advice. I’m in my 40’s, but fit and pretty athletic yet I have hypertension. I’m usually at around 150/92 heartrate 65 before I go to bed, first thing in the morning it’s around 135/82 HR 62. When I see a doctor they see me and assume I’m completely healthy – until they take my BP. I don’t want to take medication unless I’ve exhausted all other options. I’m curious if you have any insights and what your BP levels are. Thanks!

  • novadude

    Sitting usually is where I m at when I imbibe.. usually only take 1 2 hits at a time, I always get head rush upon standing, I’m a lightweight, only imbibe at night, 2 or 3 hits at a time, I get spaced out or sometimes gets me horny, if I take too much , like edibles can do.. I have gotten shakes or tremors, whilst feeling cold. Wish they would have more studies on the effects of cannabis, been doin this for over 50 years🌴👍😁

  • Just wanted to note upon initial reading that I’d found that if I stand
    when I start to feel the faux heart attack coming on, it goes away more
    quickly. I never thought about standing when partaking. I’ll have to
    give that a try!

  • Kaye Buck

    I’ve had high BP for years, controlled with Rx med., and a cannabis consumer for 40+ yrs. With no $ for smoke, I went without for a week and a half. Usually, a one week break does me no harm. However, this time I had a BP spike and my Dr. upped my dose of Rx. That didn’t have much of an affect. What DID have an immediate affect was getting more smoke (Sativa dom. hybrid). I reported this to my Dr. After having a headache and achy all over for a week+, I finally found sweet relief! What a blessing this plant/weed truly is for me!!!

  • Shape Up

    I’m 63 and taking time release morphine for chronic back and neck pain. Don’t use tobacco or alchohol. The higher THC/lower CBD did raise my blood pressure and elevate my pulse. This lastest about 4-5 minutes where it returned to normal. Where the lower THC/ higher CBD did not raise blood pressure or elevate pulse. I do not have high blood pressure. Around 112/75. Pulse 70. It went as high as 148/96 on one. Pulse was 85. Makes sense from what I read of the way thc and cbd work together on your brain.

  • Dave E

    I’ve had higher blood pressure for years and it runs in the family. Since taking RSO capsules and edibles for the past six months my blood pressure is on or very close to 120/80 now. No other changes in environment. High anxiety is reduced. I’m convinced pharma is preventing cannabis legality.