Marijuana increases cardiovascular risks by nearly 300 percent, reveals new study

Marijuana use increases the risk of dying from high blood pressure by more than three times

Marijuana use increases the risk of dying from high blood pressure by more than three times

"Our results suggest a possible risk of hypertension mortality from marijuana use".

"Steps are being taken toward legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in the United States, and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result", explained lead study investigator Barbara Yankey, a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health at GSU.

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Globally, marijuana is considered safer than other types of addictive substances such as cigarettes, synthetic drugs, etc. "I think the major limit of the study is that there may be unobserved differences between the people who used and admitted to using marijuana during the years of this study, and cardiovascular outcomes that the researchers did not adjust for".

This risk increases by 1.04 times for every year of cannabis use.

"Steps are being taken towards legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana in the U.S., and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result", lead author Barbara Yankey, from Georgia State University said in a statement. Interviews and examinations on participants were started in 2005.

'This indicates that marijuana use may carry even heavier consequences on the cardiovascular system than that already established for cigarette smoking'. It included 1,213 participants aged 20 years and above.

The team also looked at mortality data in 2011 from the National Centre for Health Statistics.

Experts believe the findings could have particular implications in the USA, where eight states have legalized marijuana and others are thought to be moving towards it. The study said there was no relationship between pot use and heart disease or cerebrovascular problems like strokes.

Yankey pointed out that there were limitations to the way marijuana use was estimated.

Marijuana use, especially prolonged years of use, may increase the risk of death from high blood pressure by three times compared to non-marijuana users, a new study found.

Marijuana users had a higher risk of dying from hypertension. "Emergency rooms have reported cases of angina and [MIs] after marijuana use".

According to Ms. Yankey, harmful effects of marijuana on the functioning of the brain are more than that of cigarette smoking.

'We found higher estimated cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use than cigarette smoking. The researchers acknowledged "the number of smokers in our study was small and this needs to be examined in a larger study". Also, in order to make informed decisions, it is vital for individuals as well as the policy makers to understand the impact of marijuana on health.

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