Marijuana increases risk of death from hypertension

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New Delhi: Marijuana use is associated with three-fold risk of death from hypertension, a research published in an European Journal said.

Death from hypertension includes multiple causes such as primary hypertension and hypertensive renal disease.

“We found that marijuana users had a greater than three-fold risk of death from hypertension and the risk increased with each additional year of use,” said lead study author Barbara Yankey, a PhD student in the School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, US.

The researchers designed a retrospective follow-up study of the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey participants aged 20 years and above.

Compared to non-users, marijuana users were found to carry 3.42 times higher risk of death from hypertension.

Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen demand. Emergency rooms have reported cases of angina and heart attacks after marijuana use,” Yankey pointed out.