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What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of lipid, or fat, that is present in all cells of the body. The role of this lipid is cell membrane structure, hormone production, vitamin D synthesis and bile production.
Complications with High cholesterol levels
- Heart disease: High cholesterol can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can narrow or block blood flow to the heart. This can lead to a heart attack, angina (chest pain), or other forms of heart disease.
- Stroke: Similar to heart disease, high cholesterol can cause plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain. This can increase the risk of a stroke.
- Peripheral artery disease: High cholesterol can also cause plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet, leading to a condition called peripheral artery disease. This can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, and can increase the risk of infections or amputations.
- Pancreatitis: High levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, can increase the risk of developing pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas.
- Xanthomas: High cholesterol can cause yellowish, fatty deposits to form on the skin, called xanthomas. These can appear as bumps or patches on the elbows, knees, hands, or feet.
Complications with Low cholesterol levels
- Nutrient deficiencies: Cholesterol is necessary for the production of certain hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, as well as for the absorption of certain vitamins, such as vitamin D. Low cholesterol levels can lead to deficiencies in these nutrients, which can cause a range of health problems.
- Increased risk of infection: Cholesterol is an important component of the membranes that surround and protect cells. Low cholesterol levels can weaken these membranes, making it easier for pathogens such as bacteria and viruses to infect cells.
- Liver disease: Cholesterol is processed and removed from the body by the liver. Low cholesterol levels can indicate liver dysfunction, which can lead to liver disease.
- Hemorrhagic stroke: Low levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, often called “bad” cholesterol, has been associated with an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and causes bleeding.
- Increased mortality risk: Some studies have suggested that very low levels of cholesterol may be associated with increased risk of mortality from various causes, although the exact mechanisms underlying this association are not well understood.
Cholesterol Regulation with Cannabis
The imbalances in the body like high-low cholesterol levels occur due to the disturbance in the Endocannabinoid system. And Cannabis works by regulating the Endocannabinoid system in the body. ECS regulates a range of processes in the body, mainly mood, hormones, appetite, sleep, pain sensation, and immune function. ECS comprises three main parts, endocannabinoids( naturally occurring in the body), enzymes ( used to break down endocannabinoids) and receptors( attachment sites). When our endocannabinoids default in function or are unregulated, discomfort in the form of diseases, pain, imbalances and inflammation occurs. Cannabis works by bringing this system back into regulation.
Cholesterol Regulation with Cannabis food
Cannabis food is a term used for any type of food or beverage that has been infused with cannabis. These foods typically contain the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD).
Cannabis food can come in a variety of forms, such as baked goods, chocolates, gummies, beverages, and more.
Why should one use, Cannabis as food?
- Longer-lasting effects: Consuming cannabis as food can result in slower onset and longer-lasting effects than smoking or vaping, which can provide a more sustained and controlled experience.
- Discreet consumption: Using cannabis as food can be a more discreet way to consume cannabis, as there is no smoke or vapor involved.
- Alternative to smoking: For individuals who do not want to smoke or vape cannabis, using it as food can provide an alternative method of consumption.
- Potential medicinal benefits: Cannabis contains compounds such as THC and CBD that have been shown to have potential medicinal benefits, such as pain relief, anxiety reduction, and anti-inflammatory effects.
- Culinary experimentation: Cannabis-infused foods can be a fun and creative way to experiment with cooking and baking, and can add unique flavors and textures to dishes.
Why should one use, Cannabis as food for Cholesterol regulation?
- Anti-inflammatory effects: Cannabis contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects, which may be beneficial for individuals with high cholesterol who are at increased risk for inflammation-related complications.
- Stress relief: Cannabis may have potential stress-reducing effects, which could be helpful for individuals with high-low cholesterol who may experience stress related to their condition.
- Alternative to traditional medications: For some individuals with high cholesterol, cannabis may provide an alternative to traditional medications that can have negative side effects or be difficult to manage.
Cannabis foods at ITSHEMP
- CBD/THC Gummies
- Hemp Chocolate Bars
- Hemp Pasta
- Hemp Hearts
- Hemp seeds
- Hemp Protein powders