Marijuana Tied to High Blood Pressure, Death

Users have triple the risk of hypertension death

(NICHOLAS BAKALAR, NEW YORK TIMES)

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Marijuana use may be a cause of high blood pressure, a new study reports.

Researchers studied 332 deaths among 1,213 people participating in a larger health study, of whom 57 percent were marijuana users.

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They had used marijuana for an average of 12 years, and the longer they used it, the more likely they were to have hypertension. The study is in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

After controlling for many health and behavioral variables, including a prior diagnosis of high blood pressure, they found that compared with nonusers, marijuana users had more than three times the risk of death from hypertension-related causes. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES

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