Two studies that will be presented later this week links regular cannabis to significantly higher cardiovascular issues.
Cannabis use has exploded across the country as states have legalized recreational and medicinal flower’s use, including as edibles and THC-infused beverages. However, two new studies show cannabis has drawbacks.
MedStar researchers discovered those who used cannabis daily had a 34% higher risk of developing heart failure than people who never used the drug. Dr. Yakubu Bene-Alhasan, lead author of the study and a physician at Medstar, told Insider the findings suggest the study could help health professionals and cannabis consumers make more informed decisions when it comes to cannabis use.
The researchers found that those who have a dependency on the drug were significantly more likely to have major heart issues, including a heart attack or stroke.
Recreational cannabis use is currently legal in 24 states, while medical use is legal in 38 states. On Tuesday, voters in Ohio legalized recreational use of the drug in a 57% to 43% vote.
The long-term health effects of cannabis use are largely unknown, and medical professionals across the country and the world are pushing for more studies to understand how the drug affects the body over decades.
Source: Black Enterprise