Marijuana Use Linked to Increased Risk of Dying from High Blood Pressure

Smoking pot is mostly deliberate safer than smoking cigarettes, though a new investigate suggests that marijuana use might boost a person’s risk of genocide from high blood pressure.


Over a two-decade-long investigate period, pot users, whose turn and magnitude of smoking was not assessed in a study, had a some-more than threefold incomparable risk of failing from hypertension than nonusers. This boost in risk was incomparable than that compared with cigarette smoking, a researchers said.

“Support for magnanimous pot use is partly due to claims that it is beneficial, and presumably not harmful, to health,” lead investigate author Barbara Yankey, a doctoral tyro of epidemiology and biostatistics during Georgia State University, pronounced in a statement. “However, there is small investigate on a impact of pot use on cardiovascular and [stroke] mortality.” [25 Odd Facts About Marijuana]

The risks compared with smoking cigarettes, on a other hand, are good established, according to a study, published now (Aug. 9) in a European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Studies joining heart illness deaths and cigarettes, for example, are “extensive,” heading a researchers to suppose that smoking pot would be compared with a identical turn of risk.

The investigate enclosed some-more than 1,200 adults in a U.S. who had participated in a 2005 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a sovereign consult finished annually to weigh Americans’ diets and health. As a partial of a survey, a participants were asked if they had ever used pot and, if so, when they initial attempted a drug. The consult also collected information on cigarette use.

Using information from 2011 from a National Center for Health Statistics, a researchers were means to establish if any of a participants in a NHANES investigate had died during a investigate period.

Using a dual information sets, a researchers estimated a associations between marijuana use and length of use with deaths from high blood pressure, heart illness and stroke.

At a finish of a investigate period, 73 percent of a participants were still alive, a researchers found. Nearly 35 percent of them reported that they did not use pot or tobacco; 21 percent used usually pot (no tobacco); 4 percent smoked cigarettes (no marijuana); 20 percent used both pot and tobacco; 16 percent used pot now and smoked cigarettes in a past; and about 5 percent did not use pot or tobacco now though smoked cigarettes in a past.

The normal generation of pot use was 12 years, and a normal generation of cigarette use was 10 years.

The investigate found that, compared with people who didn’t use marijuana, those who did had a 3.4-fold incomparable risk of genocide from high blood vigour during a investigate period. There were no statistically poignant links between pot use and a risk of genocide from heart disease or stroke.

Yankey remarkable that a commentary advise that pot use “may lift even heavier consequences on a cardiovascular complement than that already determined for cigarette smoking,” though she combined that incomparable studies are indispensable to endorse a results. [Where Americans Smoke and Grow Marijuana (Maps)

The researchers concurred several stipulations of a study. For example, a investigate insincere that pot use was continual from a time a investigate participants pronounced they initial attempted a drug, though this might not be accurate.

Even so, a new commentary are “not quite surprising” and make clarity in a context of prior studies on marijuana smoking, pronounced Dr. Charles Pollack, an emergency-medicine medicine during Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a executive of a university’s Lambert Center for a Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp. Pollack was not concerned with a new study.

But a investigate had some weaknesses, Pollack told Live Science. For example, relying on investigate participants to news their pot use can be “unreliable and inconsistent,” he said. In addition, “there are so many strains of [marijuana] out there, with no peculiarity standards … creation it tough to generalize” a effects, he added.

Pollack also remarkable that a investigate focused on recreational pot use, “which is opposite from many medicinal cannabis use.” Typically, pot from medical dispensaries is of aloft quality, Pollack said, though in both cases (recreational and medicinal), “nothing in this space is firmly controlled.”

Indeed, a investigate authors wrote that they “are not encountering a probable medicinal advantages of standardised cannabis formulations,” though combined that a “recreational use of pot should be approached with caution.”

Originally published on Live Science.


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