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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
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BurfordTJustice
2017-08-09 11:01:15 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study


LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.

The risk grows with every year of use, they said.

The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications in
the United States among other countries. Several states have legalized
marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is decriminalized in a number
of other countries.

"Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is
beneficial and possibly not harmful to health," said Barbara Yankey, who
co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State
University in the United States.

"It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the
potential health, social and economic risks. If marijuana use is implicated
in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the health community
and policy makers to protect the public."

Marijuana is also sometimes used for medicinal purposes, such as for
glaucoma.

The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, was a
retrospective follow-up study of 1,213 people aged 20 or above who had been
involved in a large and ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination
Survey. In 2005-2006, they were asked if they had ever used marijuana.

For Yankey's study, information on marijuana use was merged with mortality
data in 2011 from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, and
adjusted for confounding factors such as tobacco smoking and variables
including sex, age and ethnicity.

The average duration of use among users of marijuana, or cannabis, was 11.5
years.

The results showed marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death
from hypertension than non-users, and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of
use.

There was no link between marijuana use and dying from heart or
cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes.

Yankey said were limitations in the way marijuana use was assessed --
including that researchers could not be sure whether people had used the
drug continuously since they first tried it.

But she said the results chimed with plausible risks, since marijuana is
known to affect the cardiovascular system.

"Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases
in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen demand," she said.

Experts not directly involved in the study said its findings would need to
be replicated, but already raised concerns.

"Despite the widely held view that cannabis is benign, this research adds to
previous work suggesting otherwise," said Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in mental
health at Britain's York University.
BurfordTJustice
2017-08-09 19:57:55 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who
have never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
The findings, from a study of some 1,200 people, could have implications
in the United States among other countries. Several states have legalized
marijuana and others are moving toward it. It is decriminalized in a
number of other countries.
"Support for liberal marijuana use is partly due to claims that it is
beneficial and possibly not harmful to health," said Barbara Yankey, who
co-led the research at the school of public health at Georgia State
University in the United States.
"It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the
potential health, social and economic risks. If marijuana use is
implicated in cardiovascular diseases and deaths, then it rests on the
health community and policy makers to protect the public."
Marijuana is also sometimes used for medicinal purposes, such as for
glaucoma.
The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, was
a retrospective follow-up study of 1,213 people aged 20 or above who had
been involved in a large and ongoing National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey. In 2005-2006, they were asked if they had ever used
marijuana.
For Yankey's study, information on marijuana use was merged with mortality
data in 2011 from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, and
adjusted for confounding factors such as tobacco smoking and variables
including sex, age and ethnicity.
The average duration of use among users of marijuana, or cannabis, was
11.5 years.
The results showed marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death
from hypertension than non-users, and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of
use.
There was no link between marijuana use and dying from heart or
cerebrovascular diseases such as strokes.
Yankey said were limitations in the way marijuana use was assessed --
including that researchers could not be sure whether people had used the
drug continuously since they first tried it.
But she said the results chimed with plausible risks, since marijuana is
known to affect the cardiovascular system.
"Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases
in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen demand," she said.
Experts not directly involved in the study said its findings would need to
be replicated, but already raised concerns.
"Despite the widely held view that cannabis is benign, this research adds
to previous work suggesting otherwise," said Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in
mental health at Britain's York University.
Fredxxx
2017-08-10 20:19:05 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920
to 1933 USA prohibition.

I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
BurfordTJustice
2017-08-10 20:42:52 UTC
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What kind do you smoke and where do you get it?
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920 to
1933 USA prohibition.
I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
Ted
2017-08-10 20:45:26 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920
to 1933 USA prohibition.
I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
Complete bollocks. After a TIA (stroke) last Xmas I have been monitoring
my BP every day. A bong doesn't make the slightest bit of difference to
my BP one way or the other.
BurfordTJustice
2017-08-10 20:50:54 UTC
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Where do you get your stuff??


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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920 to
1933 USA prohibition.
I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
Complete bollocks. After a TIA (stroke) last Xmas I have been monitoring
my BP every day. A bong doesn't make the slightest bit of difference to
my BP one way or the other.
Incubus
2017-08-11 08:22:16 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920
to 1933 USA prohibition.
I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
Complete bollocks. After a TIA (stroke) last Xmas I have been monitoring
my BP every day. A bong doesn't make the slightest bit of difference to
my BP one way or the other.
Perhaps the damage has already been done, hence your stroke.
Fredxxx
2017-08-11 13:07:46 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920
to 1933 USA prohibition.
I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
Complete bollocks. After a TIA (stroke) last Xmas I have been monitoring
my BP every day. A bong doesn't make the slightest bit of difference to
my BP one way or the other.
The times I have smoke it it hasn't been a pleasant experience.

Perhaps the type of person who find this pleasurable is more likely to
have high blood pressure?

Your denial misses the point that blood pressure naturally increases
with age and that smoking could well accelerate this natural process.
Graham T
2017-08-11 14:18:44 UTC
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Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
LONDON (Reuters) - People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater
risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have
never used the drug, scientists said on Wednesday.
The risk grows with every year of use, they said.
It has been estimated there were 10,000 deaths resulting from the 1920
to 1933 USA prohibition.
I suspect the probability here from hypertension would be similarly
reduced if the substance was made legal and with consistent quality.
Complete bollocks. After a TIA (stroke) last Xmas I have been monitoring
my BP every day. A bong doesn't make the slightest bit of difference to
my BP one way or the other.
The times I have smoke it it hasn't been a pleasant experience.
It's not for everyone. You might also have been in the wrong setting or
with the wrong people.
Post by Fredxxx
Perhaps the type of person who find this pleasurable is more likely to
have high blood pressure?
Your denial misses the point that blood pressure naturally increases
with age and that smoking could well accelerate this natural process.
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