Marijuana use increases the risk of death from high blood pressure, a new study has found.
A survey published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology calculated the risk of death resulting from cardiovascular and cerebrovascular causes. In the years 2005-2006 a total of 1,213 participants were asked if they smoked marijuana.
Those who answered ‘yes’ were then considered to be marijuana users, and the age they said they first tried the drug was subtracted from their current age. This calculated the duration of use.
Results found that 34 per cent used neither marijuana nor cigarettes, 21 per cent used only marijuana, 16 per cent used marijuana and were past smokers and 4 per cent smoked only cigarettes.
The average duration of marijuana use based on the calculations was 11 and a half years.
Those who smoked marijuana had a 3.42 times higher risk of dying from hypertension, and the risk grew by