Is Marijuana Bad for Your Heart? New Research Says It Might Be!

Study Finds Link Between Marijuana Use and Increased Risk for Heart Attack and Heart Failure

News Picture: Marijuana Use Could Raise Odds for Heart Attack, Heart Failure

Marijuana use may increase the risk of heart attack and heart failure.

When it comes to marijuana, the debate is always lit. But a recent set of studies presented at the American Heart Association’s meeting in Philadelphia has added fuel to the fire. According to the research, regular use of medical marijuana could increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. So, if you’re a cannabis enthusiast, it’s time to take a toke of caution.

The first study, led by Dr. Avilash Mondal from Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, focused on older patients. They discovered that cannabis use among this age group raised the risk of heart attack or stroke by a whopping 20%. You might say these weed lovers were playing a dangerous game of “high stakes.”

But wait, there’s more! The second study, headed by Dr. Yakubu Bene-Alhasan from Medstar Health in Baltimore, delved into the heart failure aspect of marijuana use. Their findings revealed that people who used cannabis daily had a heart failure risks that were 34% higher than those who abstained. It seems like these chronic users were getting a heartache instead of a high.

Now, before you pass out from shock, let’s make it clear that these studies only establish an association and not causation. So, it’s like saying there’s a connection between cheeseburgers and dad bods – they go hand in hand, but we can’t blame the burgers for the belly. Disclaimer alert: burgers can contribute to a rotund midsection.

Dr. Mondal suspects that smoking marijuana may have similar effects to puffing on cigarettes, including an increased risk of major heart events. But don’t fret just yet! Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, proposes that the association may be due to other unhealthy behaviors rather than cannabis itself. So, it could be a case of “guilty by association.”

In any case, it’s crucial to keep an eye on your heart health, especially if you’re a cannabis connoisseur. And of course, if you’re concerned about these findings, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor. They can provide valuable guidance on how to keep your heart happy while still enjoying the occasional smoke session.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “What about other forms of cannabis consumption?” Well, fear not, my friend. Legal cannabis markets are offering a variety of non-inhalable options, ensuring that you can still get your buzz without the combustion fuss. So, go ahead and explore those alternatives!

In the end, more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between marijuana and heart health. Until then, let’s take these findings with a grain of green herb. And remember, it’s always important to approach the topic of marijuana use with an open mind and a healthy dose of skepticism.

Stay heart-healthy, folks!


Sources:

  • Mondal, A., et al. Marijuana Use and Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Older US Patients. (16th Nov, 2023). American Heart Association Meeting.
  • Bene-Alhasan, Y., et al. Marijuana Use and Incident Heart Failure in a Nationally Representative Sample of the United States Population. (16th Nov, 2023). American Heart Association Meeting.
  • Armentano, P. (2023). Marijuana use and cardiovascular risk. NORML.
  • Fonarow, G. (2023). New Studies Link Marijuana Use to Heart Attacks and Strokes. Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

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