Research suggests that the use of marijuana may dramatically raise a person’s risk for heart disease and hardening of the arteries. The study, published in The American Journal of Cardiology, found that patients who used cannabis more than twice a month had a 79% increased chance of a high-risk atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) score.
They also found that those who used marijuana more than once every day had an 87% increased chance of a high-risk ASCVD score.
“Despite the known synergism between tobacco use and illicit drugs, such as cocaine and cannabis, our study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting the importance of facilitating a discussion among young cannabis users regarding their risk for development of ASCVD,” the authors concluded.
The researchers added, “Because we excluded those with a history of CVD [cardiovascular disease], our findings also have implications from a preventive cardiology standpoint.”
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