Marijuana, Not as Harmless as Assumed

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Marijuana, Not as Harmless as Assumed

Marijuana seems to be in the news lately.  With more and more states loosening restrictions on it people seem to be downplaying the effects.  28 states have now legalized marijuana in some form.  But just like with alcohol, people need to be wary of the negative consequences.

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Cannabis may not be as safe as proponents suggest

According to a press release last week from the American College of Cardiology (ACC), marijuana use can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.  Even after accounting for certain demographic factors, health conditions, and lifestyle risk factors, such as smoking and alcohol use.

Lead author of the study, Aditi Kalla, MD, Cardiology Fellow at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and his team examined more than 20 million health records between 2009 and 2010 from more than 1,000 hospitals across the country. Their findings showed that 316,000 people, or 1.5%, were admitted marijuana users. Researchers found that independent marijuana use was associated with a 26% increase in the risk for stroke compared to non-users. A 10% increase in the risk of developing heart failure. Researchers also found an association to an increased risk for coronary artery disease, sudden cardiac death, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, and drinking.

Take Action

It is important to make sure that you know if you loved one is smoking or ingesting pot.  There isn’t alot of data to show that marijuana is safe. This recent study goes to show you that you can’t take everything at face value.  New research is coming out all the time and you don’t want to realize until after it is too late that there is a negative effect.  Testing for illegal/legal drugs is easier than ever and cheaper than ever.  It makes sense to have some tests on hand and we make it easier than ever to do that without breaking the bank.  Check out our 5 and 12 panel tests.

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