Amid the growing demand for the legalization of medical marijuana across the United States, a recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology in August 2017 has associated weed smoking with three times increased risk of death from hypertension. The researchers tried to examine the link between cannabis use and cardiovascular problems.
The researchers analyzed participants, aged 20 years and more, who had answered in the affirmative when inquired about their marijuana use during the 2005 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). As part of the survey, the respondents had revealed about their age when they first tried the drug. The researchers then deducted the same from their current age to calculate the duration of their marijuana use.
The information obtained about their marijuana use was linked with the mortality data obtained in 2011 from the National Centre for Health Statistics. The scientists determined the link between marijuana use habit and death from hypertension, heart disorders and cerebrovascular illnesses.
The researchers observed 1,213 respondents, of which 34 percent used neither marijuana nor cigarettes, 21 percent limited themselves to only marijuana use, 20 percent smoked both marijuana and cigarettes, 16 percent had in the past smoked cigarettes and now used marijuana, 5 percent smoked cigarettes in the past, while 4 percent smoked cigarettes exclusively. After calculation, the average duration of marijuana use was found to be roughly 11.5 years.
The researchers observed that the pot users lived with a greater potential risk of dying from hypertension. The observations were based on findings that revealed how cannabis users faced 3.42 times greater risk of death from hypertension and 1.04 times increased risk corresponding to every additional year of use of the drug.
“We found that marijuana users had a greater than three-fold risk of death from hypertension and the risk increased with each additional year of use. Our results suggest a possible risk of hypertension mortality from marijuana use. This is not surprising since marijuana is known to have a number of effects on the cardiovascular system,” said Barbara Yankey, one of the co-authors.
The authors said the research was subject to limitations in terms of the way marijuana use was estimated. They explained about uncertainties involved in estimating regular pot use by the participants since they had first tried it. There is a need to carry out comprehensive researches on marijuana effects so as to enable policymakers take informed decisions about granting legal status to marijuana use on a federal level.
There are significant detrimental effects associated with marijuana abuse. People should be made aware of the fact that the drug is a highly addictive substance. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in cannabis that triggers cravings in chronic users. Being a long-acting drug, marijuana is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time. The research showed that prolonged use of pot can cause short-term memory loss and can damage the respiratory tract. Among teens, it is known to change the structure of the brain. However, addiction to marijuana is treatable.
Sovereign Health of Texas understands the plight of someone addicted to drugs like marijuana or any other illicit substances. Experts at our marijuana treatment centers in Texas recommend methods tailored to meet the requirements of each patient seeking recovery from addiction. Contact our 24/7 helpline or chat with one of our online representatives to learn more about treatment options for marijuana available at our rehabilitation centers.
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