Marijuana Use Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Source: "Marijuana use linked to higher risk of heart attack and stroke," American Heart Association News, 28 February 2024.

"The number of people using marijuana has increased significantly in recent decades in the U.S., where its recreational use has been legalized in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In 2019, a federal survey showed more than 48 million people ages 12 and older reported using marijuana at least once ­– nearly double the number in 2002."

"Any marijuana use was linked to a higher risk for heart attacks and strokes, but people who used it most frequently had the highest odds. Adults who used marijuana daily had 25% higher odds of having a heart attack and 42% higher odds of stroke than people who didn't use it at all."

"Cannabis smoke is not all that different from tobacco smoke, except for the psychoactive drug: THC versus nicotine"

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