Heart disease is a type of cardiovascular disease (CVD) that refers to any disorder involving the heart. Decreased blood flow can cause a heart attack(1).
CBD has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects that may address heart problems(2).
In a study conducted on rats, CBD reduced the myocardial infarct size, or the damage caused by heart attack, several days after the occurrence(3). An infarction is literally the destruction of cardiac tissue by decreased blood flow – commonly called a heart attack.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties attenuate oxidative stress caused by excess free radicals(4). CBD blocks the development of the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and activates receptors that elicit an anti-inflammatory response.
Some heart disease medications may have harmful side effects, such as bleeding, gangrene of the skin, and rashes(5). CBD’s side effects include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and reduced appetite(6).