Cardiac and Heat Disease with Marijuana

Marijuana linked to heart disease; supplement may mitigate risk, study reports
Stanford Medicine, 2022, April 29

People who use marijuana have an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack, according to a large study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine. The study also showed that the psychoactive component of the drug, known as THC, causes inflammation in endothelial cells that line the interior of blood vessels, as well as atherosclerosis in laboratory mice. As more states legalize the recreational use of marijuana, users need to be aware that it could have cardiovascular side effects…

Recreational Marijuana Use Leading to Thrombosis in a Patient with Minimal Cardiovascular Risk Factors
American Journal of Medical 2022, April 24

In light of the rapidly shifting landscape regarding the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease is increasing especially in young adults. Its clinical presentation appears to be less severe compared to the typically affected age group. A high degree of suspicion is necessary amongst clinicians to treat promptly and avert fatal complications. The majority of the public use this for recreational purposes, thinking it is a safe drug, especially teenagers. Public awareness about the ill-effects of marijuana is the need of the hour and all physicians should always recognize those effects and advise their patients properly…

Heart Health and Marijuana
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2020, October 19, 2020

Marijuana can make the heart beat faster and can make blood pressure higher immediately after use. It could also lead to increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and other vascular diseases. Most of the scientific studies linking marijuana to heart attacks and strokes are based on reports from people who smoked marijuana (as opposed to other methods of using it). Smoked marijuana delivers tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids to the body. Marijuana smoke also delivers many of the same substances researchers have found in tobacco smoke—these substances are harmful to the lungs and cardiovascular system…