Smoking Pot Massively Increases Your Risk of Hypertension

Smoking Pot Massively Increases Your Risk of Hypertension

Marijuana may be relaxing, but yoga might be a safer way to clock out.

It’s now legal to buy marijuana for recreational use in a number of states in the U.S. (Running a business to sell it a trickier matter, with a legal conflict at the federal level, but that’s another matter).

In Canada, the legalization of pot is just around the corner.

Some hail it as a fantastic time that’s been waiting too long in the wings, while others are cringing loudly.

Why? The reasons are obvious. Like any other substance that humans consume, smoking and eating pot has its own benefits and drawbacks. And a lot of scientific study remains to be done.

For the moment, one thing is for certain: this substance can have a great impact on your risk of dying from hypertension.

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Compared to non-users, marijuana users have been found to have a 3.42 greater risk of dying from hypertension. The more you smoke, the greater your risk. And every year of use adds a 1.04 greater risk to your life.

Researchers from Georgia State University, in Atlanta made the findings, and feel they’re a warning sign.

“We found higher estimated cardiovascular risks associated with marijuana use than cigarette smoking,” said Barbara A Yankey, a PhD student in the School of Public Health, Georgia State University.

“This indicates that marijuana use may carry even heavier consequences on the cardiovascular system than that already established for cigarette smoking (and) the detrimental effects of marijuana on brain function far exceed that of cigarette smoking,” she added.

Researchers say that more studies need to be done for a deeper analysis. But there you have it: that plant is no innocent beast. Consider yourself in the know.

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