Marijuana has many recreational and medical uses, and the number of marijuana users continues to grow.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health recently released data estimating that in the U.S., 1 in 5 people over the age of 12 have used marijuana in the last year, which is about 61.9 million people. This number is up from 52.5 million the year before.
While marijuana used to be viewed as addictive, dangerous, and on par with other hard drugs, most Americans have changed their minds about marijuana. In fact, 9 out of 10 Americans believe it should be legalized for recreational and medical use.
But what Americans may not realize is that marijuana is not just an innocent substance. It can have very real and damaging effects on your body, especially when consumed regularly.
One of these damaging effects is on your heart.
Several recent studies have found several concerning links between marijuana and poor cardiovascular health.
- The American Heart Association found a 34% increase in heart failure in those who used marijuana daily versus those who had never used it.
- The American Heart Association found that those who had a medical condition like Type 2 diabetes and used marijuana had an increased risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest, or abnormal heart rhythm, compared to those who didn’t use marijuana.
- A Danish study found that those using marijuana to medically treat chronic pain had a 64% increase in the risk of abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation (a-fib).
Marijuana has real short and long-term effects on the body, can interfere with other medications, and can damage your cardiovascular system. Weigh the pros and cons of using marijuana with your physician before trying it.
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