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Is Cannabis Putting Its Users At Risk Of Heart Attacks?

Although cannabis has shown incredible promise in treating various medical conditions and symptoms, a recent study found that cannabis users are at an increased risk of heart attacks.

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You may be using cannabis recreationally or medically to treat and alleviate symptoms of any kind. However, the Canadian Medical Association Journal recently published research that shows adults under 45 years of age who consumed cannabis over 30 days and suffered almost double the number of heart attacks than adults who didn’t consume cannabis.

Researchers examined health data from over 33,000 adults ages 18 to 44 included in US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys from 2017 and 2018. The research detected that of the 17% who reported using cannabis within the previous month, 1.3% suffered a heart attack, while 0.8% of non-cannabis users reported the same.

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Dr. Karima Ladha, a clinical-scientist and staff anesthesiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto stated that most assume cannabis is safe and “can’t harm your body, but that is incorrect.” “There’s increasing evidence that this could potentially be harmful to you, both in the short term and the long term,” he continued.

The overall study did not hone in on cannabis’ effects on heart health, but Ladha explained that previous research demonstrated its impact on the user’s heart rate.

We’ve all been there before, taking too big of a hit and feeling your heart pump out of your chest. Dr. Ladha explained that cannabis can limit the amount of oxygen delivered to the heart, and when someone’s heart rate is irregular, it increases the heart’s need for oxygen.

“What you end up having is this mismatch of oxygen supply and demand which fundamentally leads to heart attacks,” Ladha said.

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September 13, 2021 — Last Updated September 15, 2021
Written by Herb
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September 13, 2021 — Last Updated September 15, 2021
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