Marijuana triples your chances of dying from high BP

Marijuana triples your chances of dying from high BP

Compared to nonusers, marijuana users had a 3.42 times higher risk of death from hypertension and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use.

Recent marijuana legislation in the USA has made it necessary to determine the association between marijuana use and CV mortality, according to Barbara A. Yankey, PhD, MPH, MPA, MSc Clin Pharm, from the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, and colleagues.

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

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During 2005-06, these participants were asked whether they had used marijuana ever and the ones who answered "yes" were considered as users of marijuana.

In fact, marijuana users are three times more likely to die from hypertension. The researchers said they established how long the participants had been using marijuana by subtracting the age they first tried pot from their current age. The information was merged with 2011 mortality data from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and adjusted for factors like tobacco smoking, sex, age and ethnicity.

The elevated risk of hypertension-related death "is not surprising since marijuana is known to have a number of effects on the cardiovascular system", she explained in the press release.

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"Steps are being taken toward legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in the United States, and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result", said Yankey.

No link was found between marijuana use and dying from heart disease. However, governments globally may be making a mistake since a new research study has revealed that marijuana can increase cardiovascular risks.

Results suggest marijuana use is more unsafe for heart health than cigarettes, despite certain campaigners insisting cannabis is safer than tobacco. "If marijuana use is implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community and policy makers to protect the public". "Based upon the findings of prior studies, the 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". The data also showed that the risk increases with every year of use.

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