Marijuana abuse was independently associated with an eye-opening doubled risk of acute MI in a large, retrospective, age-matched cohort study, as reported at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology.
The link was strongest by far in young adult marijuana abusers, with an adjusted 3.2-fold increased risk of MI in 25- to 29-year-olds with marijuana abuse noted in their medical records, compared with age-matched controls and a 4.56-fold greater risk among the 30-to 34-year-old cannabis abusers, according to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
“Our study raises the possibility (of) an association between cannabis and MI independent of age, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and abuse of other substances.
These data constitute a signal warranting further research. Public opinion regarding potheads has undergone a huge shift. Medical and/or recreational marijuana is now legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Surveys indicate that, in 2015, 8.3% of Americans aged 12 years and