My girlfriend suffers from pots and is on steroids and a couple other medication to help control it. She was diagnosed last year around April/May and she wanted me to ask on Reddit and see how CBD oil could help her, thank you all.
CBD does seem to help for me. THC can exacerbate my tachycardia but not if my tolerance is high. CBD is super relaxing and distracts from a lot of symptoms, and it doesn't really make you feel "high". I recommend it, personally.
When I tell people that I have a condition called POTS they often laugh and crack a joke about how it’s the perfectly named condition for me given my line of work and passion. I can’t help but chuckle and agree, but the reality of living with a condition like POTS is far from a laughing matter.
Let’s break those two down.
Using Medical Cannabis for Dysautonomia – Things to Know
Months went by and my dysautonomia symptoms were continuing to worsen. I had continued to up my CBD intake over this time – both orally and via inhalation. Dr. Gebhardt was still in my ear about my CBD use dropping my blood pressure and contributing to my orthostatic episodes. I really really didn’t want to hear him.
Take your BP and HR.
As patients with dysautonomia can have difficulty regulating blood pressure and heart rate, be mindful to take regular readings when starting a new cannabis routine.
Cannabis can trigger orthostatic hypotension.
Cannabis contributes to vasodilation, which for many people with chronic illness is an added benefit (reduces blood pressure). Patients already prone to orthostatic hypotension (a severe drop in blood pressure when changing from sitting/laying to standing) may find these symptoms exacerbated with cannabis, especially with high doses. As orthostatic dysfunction is a hallmark feature of dysautonomia, patients should be mindful of this potential exacerbation when using cannabis and take necessary precautions.
With CBD’s increasing popularity across the world, now more than ever is the time to look into this alternative health product. A growing body of research has shown positive results from CBD in participants suffering from anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, epilepsy, and other physical and mental ailments.
POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, is a condition that impacts the body’s blood flow (circulation). It primarily implicates your nervous system, both the autonomic and sympathetic systems. The former controls and regulates bodily functions, while the latter helps with the fight or flight response.
What is POTS?
As mentioned above, CBD comes from Cannabis Sativa and is extracted from the plant, then diluted by oils known as carrier oils, which are usually hemp and coconut oil. CBD is diluted using these carrier oils because they bind to the chemical compound the best. However, oils are only one of the many ways that store CBD. There are also edibles, bath bombs, lotions, and many more products that contain CBD.
No research has shown that CBD can cure POTS, however, CBD is known to treat symptoms associated with POTS such as dizziness, general pain, and anxiety. Patients with POTS have reported positive effects from using CBD, and unlike other drugs used to treat POTS symptoms, CBD has minimal side effects.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that each case of POTS is different and unique to each individual’s body. Patients may see symptoms vary and change throughout the years. Sometimes a change in diet, physical activity, and other health related factors can help to manage and subside symptoms.