Past or current cannabis use not associated with greater chance of hypertension

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A new study exploring the longitudinal relationship between using cannabis and having hypertension, or high blood pressure, shows that weed is actually associated with a lower incidence… that is until age gets thrown into the mix. To get a better handle on what the cannabis/hypertension relationship looks like, an international research team — including investigators from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. — carried out a three-year follow-up on a large population-based sample out of the U.S. The team examined the self-reported data from two waves of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, resulting in 26,844 participants who did not report hypertension at baseline. Study: Cannabis may reduce blood pressure in older adults with hypertension Yikes. Men who smoke weed regularly might be infusing their semen with THC Cumulative cannabis use might not be linked to hardening of the arteries at middle age: study Using the sample, investigators conducted analyses to “quantify the relationships between lifetime cannabis use, 12-month cannabis use and 12-month cannabis use frequency and incidence of hypertension,” states the study, published last month in Drug and Alcohol Review . The unadjusted analyses showed that using cannabis was associated with a lower incidence of hypertension, but that “the relationships were confounded by age,” the study notes. After adjusting for all confounders, lifetime cannabis use, 12-month cannabis use and 12-month cannabis use frequency (defined as at least monthly use) “were not associated with the incidence of hypertension,” study authors write. Commenting on the study results, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws points out that “prior data has shown that cannabinoids may influence blood pressure and other cardiovascular responses, though these effects tend to be short-term in duration.” Statistics Canada reports that from 2012 to 2015, hypertension affected almost one in four Canadian adults. In…

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