Marijuana users face higher risk of death from high blood pressure

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

That's compared to people who have never used marijuana.

To get an approximation of how long the participants had been consuming marijuana, the scientists looked at the age people had when they first tried marijuana and subtracted this from their current age.

Interestingly, marijuana users had a higher risk of dying from hypertension.

A Quinnipiac University poll found 94 percent of USA voters think medical marijuana should be legal. The average duration of marijuana use was 11.5 years.

Marijuana can also function as a pain reliever that's helpful for those who can't use opioid painkillers. 34% of them used neither marijuana nor cigarettes, 21% used only marijuana, 20% used marijuana and smoked cigarettes, 16% used marijuana and were past-smokers, 5% were past-smokers and 4% only smoked cigarettes. Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen demand.

"We found no association between cannabis and cardiovascular risks [e.g., high blood pressure, higher cholesterol], which may appear at odds with evidence that cannabis use increases risk for cardiovascular complications", the authors wrote. There was however no association between marijuana use and death from heart disease or cerebrovascular disease.

In 2005 to 2006, the study's participants were asked if they had ever used marijuana and, if so, how old they were when they first started.

A new study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology concluded that marijuana use is associated with a threefold risk of death from hypertension. Due to the way marijuana use was estimated, more than half of the participants were considered marijuana users, which seems unlikely. Despite certain campaigners emphasizes cannabis is safer than tobacco, the Study shown that use of marijuana is more unsafe for the heart than cigarettes. "Emergency rooms have reported cases of angina and heart attacks after marijuana use".

The authors stated that the cardiovascular risk associated with marijuana use may be greater than the cardiovascular risk already established for cigarette smoking. But, this needs examination in a larger research, as the number of smokers in this study was only few.

If use of marijuana has any impact on cardiovascular diseases as well as deaths, then it is the responsibility of the health community and policy makers to protect the public, says Ms. Yankey. With the impending increase in recreational marijuana use it is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks.

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