Marijuana could have cardiovascular complications
While most research on marijuana use has focused on its long-term impact on the brain, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that pot smoking may increase the risk of cardiovascular complications, particularly for young and middle-aged adults.
A research team from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse in France analyzed data from the French Addictovigilance Network between 2006 and 2010, which looked at complications reported following marijuana use.
From 1,979 marijuana-related complications reported, the team identified 35 cases linked to cardiovascular and vascular conditions and the majority of these cases were in males of an average age of 34.3 years. The team says that 22 of the cases were heart-related, of which 20 were heart attacks. Ten cases were peripheral, with diseases related to arteries in the limbs, while three involved arteries in the brain. Nine of the patients with these cardiovascular problems died.
The researchers say that marijuana appeared to be more harmful to individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions.