Smoking weed triples your chances of dying from high BP

Marijuana use increases the risk of dying from high blood pressure by more than three times

Lead author Barbara Yankey from Georgia State University, said: 'It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks'. "Needless to say, the detrimental effects of marijuana on brain function far exceed that of cigarette smoking".

"I think the major limit of the study is that there may be unobserved differences between the people who used and admitted to using marijuana during the years of this study, and cardiovascular outcomes that the researchers did not adjust for".

"However, the number of smokers in our study was small and this needs to be examined in a larger study", she added. They found death rates from high blood pressure were associated with people who reported using pot. To measure the duration of use, this age was then subtracted from their current age.

Among a total of 1,213 participants, 34% used neither cannabis nor cigarettes, 21% used only cannabis, 20% used cannabis and cigarettes, 16% used cannabis and were past smokers, 5% were past smokers, and 4% only smoked cigarettes but not cannabis.

The investigators assessed 1,213 participants for 19,569 follow-up years; four percent smoked cigarettes only, 5% had either previously smoked tobacco or used marijuana, 21% used marijuana only, 34% didn't use either substance, and 20% now used both cigarettes and marijuana. Age, sex and ethnicity were the demographic variables included.

The study was published August 9 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

People who smoke weed are more than three times more likely to die from high blood pressure than non-users, according to new research.

However, no effect of use of marijuana on deaths due to cerebrovascular disease or heart disease was found.

Yankey acknowledged the study had its limitations, including not knowing how often participants used the drug after first use, and not taking into account cardiovascular risks such as diet and exercise. Also, in order to make informed decisions, it is vital for individuals as well as the policy makers to understand the impact of marijuana on health.

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

While there is a known risk of heart disease with tobacco use, Yankey said marijuana could possibly pose a higher risk than cigarettes.

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