A new study suggests that cannabis users are more prone to health hazards, particularly a heart stroke.
As Canada began legalizing marijuana, many entrepreneurs started to open their pot stores for medicinal marijuana. Other people plant these weeds and sell them as recreational marijuana to the extreme delight of cannabis users.
According to Dr. Krupa Patel, stroke risk could rise by 15% and could soar to 29% for an ischemic stroke which is the most common type. She is the lead research physician at Avalon University School of Medicine in Willemstad, Curacao.
Dr. Patel advised that although the study cannot confirm that marijuana use causes heart stroke, it shows that they are related. She added that they cannot determine connection but they can say that recreational marijuana users could have higher chances of getting a heart stroke.
In another study manifested at the 11th World Stroke Congress in Montreal, recreational marijuana use has been associated with the accumulation of stroke incidents in the US population. The study’s results were revealed two days following Canada’s nationwide authorization of recreational marijuana.
Based on the research, stroke occurrences unwaveringly increased among cannabis users while it stayed downright in the bigger population during the five-year study of US hospital statistics. From 2010 to 2014, researchers assessed a gathered 2.3 million hospitalizations from people who claimed using recreational marijuana.
More than 30,000 (1.4%) people among those admitted in the hospital suffered a heart stroke while 60% experienced acute ischemic strokes (AIS). However, the authors of the research pointed out that the rate of all kinds of stroke in the population rose from 1.3% in 2010 to 1.5% in 2014.
A study presented last year at an annual American College of Cardiology symposium conducted by MD Aditi Kalla supports the prevailing research. It extracted information from the National Inpatient Sample. It was discovered that cannabis users experienced coronary artery disease, higher risks of stroke, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death compared to non-users. Kalla defined pot use continued to be separately connected with a 26% raised risk of getting a heart stroke. At the same time, there is a 10% heightened risk of acquiring heart failure.
Kalla and colleagues said, “The growing trend toward legalization of marijuana could mean that patients and doctors will become more comfortable speaking openly about marijuana use, which could allow for better data collection and further insights into the drug’s effects and side effects.”
The research also identified recreational cannabis use to a multitude of risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease (CVD). It also includes high blood pressure, obesity, and use of tobacco and alcohol.
Meanwhile, four states are getting ready to cast their vote to liberate their marijuana laws – Michigan, North Dakota, Utah, and Missouri.
In 2008, 63% of Michigan voters supported medical marijuana. If they take their action beyond, it will be the primary state in the Midwest to approve recreational marijuana use. It will join nine states located in the Northeast and West.
The state’s Proposal 1 will enable adults aged 21 or older to publicly carry 2.5 ounces or less, transfer it other adults with “no compensation,” hold up to 10 oz. at home, and grow a maximum of a dozen plant for personal consumption. It would also create a licensing system for commercial production as well as distribution for retails sales subjected to 10% tax.
In 2016, North Dakota voters backed medical marijuana by a 28-point margin. However, they are not predisposed to favor wholesale legalization. Based on a February survey, 46% support the legalization of recreational marijuana and 38% in August.
Utah’s Proposition 2 will commission the production and distribution of weed for patient’s medicinal use with any of 10 certifying conditions and approval from their doctors. Starting in 2021, state-approved patients will be authorized to cultivate up to six plants at home provided that they do not live near a licensed dispensary about a hundred miles. Approximately, there are 68% supporters in nine polls during a survey conducted from mid-February to mid-October.
In Missouri, a poll was conducted in August and showed that 54% of voters perceive the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The measures (Amendment 2, Amendment 3, and Proposition C) will all permit the yielding and dissemination of pot for medical purposes by patients with permitting situations and doctor recommendations.
However, they vary largely in the way they represent qualifying conditions, the full costs patients are permitted to buy and possess, the procedure of home cultivation, tax rates, purposes for marking down the revenue, regulation imposed on the number of dispensaries and the authorization granted to local governments to prohibit them. In an August poll, 54% of Missouri voters believe that using marijuana for medical purposes must be allowed.