If you don’t already know, cannabis, aka marijuana, gets its effects from a psychoactive chemical in the cannabis sativa plant commonly known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). According to research that was recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, adults who were under the age of 45 in 2017 and 2018 suffered from twice the amount of heart attacks than adults who weren’t using cannabis. CNN’s website reported, “Researchers analyzed health data from over 33,000 adults ages 18 to 44 included in US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys in 2017 and 2018. Of the 17% of adults who reported using cannabis within the previous month, 1.3% later had a heart attack while only 0.8% of non-cannabis users reported the same.”
This is not to say that if you partake in using on occasions you automatically will have a heart attack. This new info is simply meant to educate everyone that heavy use over a long period of time will absolutely increase your chances of having a heart attack. It is, however, worth noting that the modern day cannabis that is sold is extremely potent, This means that plants are much stronger and have heavier effects than they would have when your grandparents may have dipped their toes into it 50 years ago.
Researchers analyzed health data from over 33,000 adults ages 18 to 44 included in US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys in 2017 and 2018. Of the 17% of adults who reported using cannabis within the previous month, 1.3% later had a heart attack.
Despite the new data, Lyric Faulk, 18, believes that cannabis can still do more good than harm. “For the most part, weed is a very beneficial product to have in your everyday life. Of course you should use it in moderation or it will start to affect your health, which also goes for everything on this planet so is it really a bad thing?” This new research will 9 times out of 10 not actually prohibit a user from using if that’s what they want to do and it is beneficial to their physical or mental health but it will definitely bring awareness to what long term use can lead to.
By Jay Bryant