High Blood Pressure

Formally termed as hypertension, this is described as the elevation of blood pressure above normal limits. The normal blood pressure for adults should be less than 120/80 mmHg. There are several devices that can measure blood pressure, but the most common device is the blood pressure cuff. High blood pressure is a systemic condition that is often correlated to obesity, stress, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise. However, high blood pressure can also be a pregnancy symptom, in which case it is termed preeclampsia. Elevated pressure affects small cells within blood vessel walls which in turn causes a variety of systemic problems such as hypertensive retinopathy and neuropathy. Treatment for high blood pressure depends on the extent of the elevation. In some cases, a diet and exercise regimen may be sufficient. In other cases, however, a variety of pharmacotherapeutics may be prescribed to help decrease blood pressure to a non-damaging level. 

Cannabis has been shown to decrease blood pressure in hypertensive patients.