Cannabis use doesn’t lead to hypertension, according to study

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Research debunks the myth that consuming cannabis can cause high blood pressure

Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries, which are large vessels through which blood circulates in the body. A person is considered to have hypertension when his or her blood pressure is too high. Although there are still opponents who indicate that the consumption of marijuana would help people to be more prone to hypertension, a recent study has come to completely deny these hypotheses.

Whether you currently use or have used marijuana in the past, data published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension has made it clear that cannabis has no link to a risk of high blood pressure. To reach this conclusion, researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago evaluated more than 4,500 adults and their relationship between marijuana use and blood pressure.

According to the findings, there is no strong correlation between the likelihood of receiving a medical diagnosis of hypertension and cannabis use. “Compared with nonusers, respondents who indicated sustained cannabis use were not found to have an increased likelihood of developing hypertension,” the authors reported.

In addition, the study noted that there is also no evidence that the age at which marijuana use began has any association with the likelihood of being diagnosed with hypertension. Simply put, current users were no more likely than earlier users to have hypertension.

Other studies conducted in previous years have, in fact, indicated that cannabis use would help lower high blood pressure in older adults. The findings of a team of scientists from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel show that medical cannabis use significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure over 24 hours. The lowest point of the measurements was recorded just after three hours of oral delivery of cannabis in the form of oil extract or smoked.