Two new studies at the American Heart Association event this weekend suggest that marijuana use may increase the risk of stroke and cardiac arrhythmia in young people, according to slash Gear, a foreign media outlet. Young people who use cannabis are twice as likely to have a stroke as those who do not use it, while those who use it regularly are at the highest risk. Similarly, users are at greater risk of hospitalization.
An observational study that linked cannabis to stroke risk found that people who used marijuana and smoked at the same time were three times more likely to be non-smokers. While further research is needed on this issue, the researchers note that increasing the medical use of marijuana means it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with it.
The researchers say many things can increase the risk of stroke, noting that regular use of marijuana can trigger a variety of things, including systemic hypotension, changes in vascular desautos, and various cerebrovascular dysfunction, all of which can lead to a stroke risk. In addition, a second study to be conducted this weekend found that young people diagnosed with “marijuana use disorders” had a 50 percent increased risk of hospitalization due to arrhythmia.
Although this use disorder is most common among middle-aged whites, the study found that African-Americans between the ages of 15 and 25 were most likely to be hospitalized because of their health conditions. The findings highlight that careful use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes may help, but frequent or excessive use of cannabis can lead to dangerous health complications in some people.