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Washington DC and The Holy Land>Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
Eleazar 09:18 AM 08-10-2017
Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
Kate Kelland | Reuters



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 20052006, 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.

http://reut.rs/2voF62N
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BleedingRed 10:28 AM 08-10-2017
meanwhile every "LEGAL" drug you see commercial for.......


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Donger 10:35 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Does it cure TDS?
Beats me. Give it a try and report your results.
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Loneiguana 10:51 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by BleedingRed:
meanwhile every "LEGAL" drug you see commercial for.......

I was going to say... Eating a double cheeseburger a couple times a week probable has a more negative effect on blood pressure than what this study claims pot has, yet just try to take that away from anyone under public health concerns.
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WhiteWhale 10:56 AM 08-10-2017
Read the study.

Never ever trust articles that don't link to the study.
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WhiteWhale 10:56 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Loneiguana:
I was going to say... Eating a double cheeseburger a couple times a week probable has a more negative effect on blood pressure than what this study claims pot has, yet just try to take that away from anyone under public health concerns.
The study did not control for diet at all.
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BigBeauford 10:59 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Cochise:
Marijuana use holds three-fold blood pressure death risk: study
Kate Kelland | Reuters



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 20052006, 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.

http://reut.rs/2voF62N
Perhaps someone can educate me on the matter. I was under the impression that high blood pressure doesn't kill, it can cause a cerebral vascular accident or contribute to heart disease, both of which this article states arent linked to marijuana use.
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philfree 11:01 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Loneiguana:
I was going to say... Eating a double cheeseburger a couple times a week probable has a more negative effect on blood pressure than what this study claims pot has, yet just try to take that away from anyone under public health concerns.
Now this is where you might be on to something. A cheeseburger is really tasty after smoking pot. Or a pizza or some Ruffles with french onion dip etc. I guess in a round about way smoking pot could raise your blood pressure. A guy could get high and end up eating the whole bacon explosion.
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Lex Luthor 11:08 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Doesn't affect me. I've never tried it.


I had too many important things to accomplish in life.
When are you going to start? :-)
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POND_OF_RED 11:28 AM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
Doesn't affect me. I've never tried it.


I had too many important things to accomplish in life.
You must hate people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Phelps, etc... Must be hard to have this view on pot, only to see all these accomplished stoners put into perspective how worthless your life has actually been.
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'Hamas' Jenkins 11:42 AM 08-10-2017
It doesn't surprise me that smoking anything would increase your blood presure. Smoke irritates the bronchioles, damages your type II alveolar cells, inhibits alpha-1 antitrypsin which allows elastases to destroy the compliance of the lung tissue, and increases the thickness of mucus. All of this reduces the efficacy of gas exchange in the lungs, which leads to hypoxia and pulmonary hypertension, i.e, high blood pressure.

A better study would compare the effects of blood pressure against a control group, smokers only, marijuana smokers only, and consumers of edibles.

As is, this reads like a science article written by someone that doesn't understand pathophysiology very well.
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Eleazar 11:55 AM 08-10-2017
You guys don't seem to have noticed, but the "smoking is good" people are back from the roaring 20s, and this miracle liniment is going to cure anything that ails you.
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Prison Bitch 12:05 PM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Donger:
Beats me. Give it a try and report your results.
I don't have it. So it wouldn't work on me.

You or the LWNJs here would have to play guinea pig
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Donger 12:07 PM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by Prison Bitch:
I don't have it.
Of course you do.
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Prison Bitch 12:11 PM 08-10-2017
Originally Posted by POND_OF_RED:
You must hate people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Phelps, etc... Must be hard to have this view on pot, only to see all these accomplished stoners put into perspective how worthless your life has actually been.
I highly doubt Bill Gates sits around smoking pot. A "stoner"???? You cannot possibly be that stupid.



Let's talk Phelps: great swimmer. Good for him. Also a suicidal depressive who tried to kill himself, an alcoholic who hit rehab, multiple DUI, failed father, and someone who was caught butt-f***ing a tranny:
http://sandrarose.com/2015/12/michae...mpted-suicide/


So I'll state quite clearly: I've had a much more successful life than he has, other than our 400 butterfly times.
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L.A. Chieffan 12:12 PM 08-10-2017
Big Pharma propaganda. Wake up people.
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