Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Marijuana users 3 times more likely to die from hypertension

Marijuana users 3 times more likely to die from hypertension

A review of US health survey data found that marijuana users were three times more likely to die from causes related to high blood pressure, or hypertension, said lead researcher Barbara Yankey.

The researchers designed a retrospective follow-up study of the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey participants aged 20 years and above.

Those who answered "yes" were classified by researchers as marijuana users and duration of use was determined by subtracting age at marijuana use initiation from the age at the screen in 2005. Despite certain campaigners emphasizes cannabis is safer than tobacco, the Study shown that use of marijuana is more risky for the heart than cigarettes.

This data was cross referenced with mortality data from 2011 from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The European journal of preventive cardiology reports on the dangers of marijuana; they said it may be worse for the heart than smoking cigarettes.

Results reveal marijuana users have a 3.42 times higher risk of a high blood pressure-related death than non-users. 'This is not surprising since marijuana is known to have a number of effects on the cardiovascular system. Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen demand. "Needless to say, the detrimental effects of marijuana on brain function far exceed that of cigarette smoking".

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Marijuana use may triple your risk of dying from high blood pressure, a new study suggests. "If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public", she added.

There was no link between pot use and mortality risk from heart or cerebrovascular disease.

"In this specific study, authors conflate subjects" reporting of having "ever used' cannabis as evidence of current and habitual use".

"Based upon the findings of prior studies, the [new study] authors' interpretation with regard to the degree of this risk potential appears to be sensational, and the methods used in this particular study appear to be highly questionable", Armentano said.

Another study published earlier this year, found no connection between cardiovascular health and cannabis.

This risk increases by more than one time for every year of cannabis use, a study found.

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