Globally, marijuana is considered safer than other types of addictive substances such as cigarettes, synthetic drugs, etc. Many parts of the world have already made marijuana legal and others are exploring the possibility to follow the same path. However, governments globally may be making a mistake since a new research study has revealed that marijuana can increase cardiovascular risks. And the findings are significant since the study reveals that marijuana can lead to a three-fold risk of death from hypertension. Lead study author Barbara Yankey said that such risks continue to rise with every passing year of marijuana use. The findings put a question mark on the growing acceptance of marijuana as a medicine.
In recent times, marijuana has been advocated for a wide range of ailments such as chronic pain, cancer pain, depression, dementia, etc. However, the new study has emerged as a wake-up call to all those who consider marijuana as medicinally beneficial. “Our results suggest a possible risk of hypertension mortality from marijuana use. This is not surprising since marijuana is known to have a number of effects on the cardiovascular system,” Yankey said. Yankey is a PhD student in the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, US.