‘Cannabis users run greater risk of dying from consequences of high blood pressure’
Cannabis users walk more than three times more likely to die from hypertension (high blood pressure) than people taking the drug have never used.
The risk increases with each year that your marijuana use, say researchers from Georgia State University in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
They looked at the data of 1,213 completed persons 20 years and older who had previously participated in a large health research. Them was in 2005 and 2006, asked whether they ever marijuana had been smoked.
The obtained information was then merged with the mortality and corrected for factors such as tobacco smoking and variables such as gender, age and ethnicity.
There was no link found between cannabis use and deaths due to heart disease or disorders of blood vessels in the brain, such as stroke.
According to lead researcher Barbara Yankey, there are some shortcomings in the research. Thus, the researchers are not sure whether people after their first cannabis use, the drug on a regular basis continued use.
Yankey suggests, however, that the results are credible, since it is known that marijuana is the cardiovascular system affected. “Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen requirements.”