Consuming cannabis regularly increases the risk of heart attack

Researchers at Stanford University (United States) confirm after new studies that smoking cannabis or marijuana was dangerous for health.

Remember first of all that cannabis is not legal in France. It is considered an illicit product, classified internationally as a narcotic.

Twice the risk of having a myocardial infarction

Already last year, a Canadian study proved that the cannabis was very bad for the heart and that its regular consumption had serious cardiovascular consequences. The study involved 33,000 young adults aged between 18 and 34 and showed that adults under 45 who had recently used cannabis were twice as likely to have a myocardial infarction, compared to those who did not. never consume it. Cannabis use can increase resting heart rate, dilate blood vessels and… possibly lead to broken heart syndrome.

A significant adverse effect on the cardiovascular system

Another more recent study* by researchers at Stanford University (United States) shows that people who smoke cannabis at least once a month have an increased risk of having an early heart attack, that is to say before the age of 50:Cannabis has a significant adverse effect on the cardiovascular system. It’s not a benign drug. Our studies in human cells as well as in mice clearly describe how exposure to THC triggers a damaging molecular cascade in blood vessels.“, say the authors.

More than 400 chemical components

Let’s not forget that cannabis is a very complex plant, which contains more than 400 chemical components. In the United States, where the medical use of marijuana is legal in 28 states, more and more healthy young men are going to the emergency room because of heart attacks that appear to be associated with recent cannabis use. .

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* The researchers analyzed genetic and medical data from around 500,000 people between the ages of 40 and 69 from the UK Biobank.

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