Researchers say they’ve found evidence that cannabis may benefit people with heart failure.
They’re quick to emphasize, however, that this research shouldn’t be taken as a recommendation (at least not yet) that heart failure patients take up cannabis use.
Researchers at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey found that heart failure patients who used cannabis were less likely to experience a dangerous complication known as atrial fibrillation – or A-fib. A-fib is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, and other heart-related complications.
Heart failure patients who used cannabis were also less likely to die in hospital, the researchers discovered.
Given that previous studies have found cannabis could have negative effects on heart health, the researchers were surprised by these findings.
“I was very surprised that it was actually a reduced association I found,” said lead author Dr. Oluwole Adegbala.
To reach their conclusion, Adegbala and his research team analyzed