NEW: Study Slams Marijuana

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – Confirming that drugs championed by Democrats cause major health issues, a study has revealed that regular marijuana smoking is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes.

Released by the American Heart Association and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, this research analyzed data from around 435,000 adults and marks one of the most extensive examinations into how cannabis impacts cardiovascular health.

The findings show that individuals who smoke marijuana daily are 25% more likely to suffer a heart attack and 42% more likely to experience a stroke compared to non-users. Even weekly cannabis users showed a slight increase in risk for these conditions with a 3% rise in heart attack chances and a 5% increase in stroke risk.

The research team also pointed out that smoking could be particularly harmful due to the toxic substances that marijuana releases when burned.

Within the study’s participant group, only 10% reported using marijuana, with the majority indicating smoking as their preferred method of consumption, while a mere 4% identified as daily users.

The study also considered other factors that could influence cardiovascular health, such as tobacco smoking, body mass index (BMI), obesity, diabetes and demographic details.

Notably adult men under 55 and women under 65 who consumed marijuana were found to have a 36% increased risk of coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes regardless of tobacco usage.

Discussing the findings, data analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital and the primary author of the study, Abra Jeffers, highlighted that marijuana is a potential but overlooked source of heart disease.

He unveiled the connection between tobacco smoking and heart disease and suggested that smoking cannabis poses a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Meanwhile David Goff, director of cardiovascular sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, emphasized the importance of these findings on public health amid efforts to reduce the prevalence of heart disease in the nation.

In turn the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported a surge in marijuana consumption across various age groups in 2022, with 2023 usage among adults aged 19 to 30 reaching a historic peak of 44% after a 36% rise since 2012. Although daily cannabis usage remains relatively low, it has nearly doubled since 2012.