By Ethan Weston
March 13, 2017
The American College of Cardiology has some bad news for pot smokers: The drug might increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study looked at the health records of more than 20 million patients from more than 1,000 different hospitals. Of those, 316,000 patients reported using marijuana.
In those patients, pot use was linked with obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and alcohol use — all things that are known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
So the researchers corrected for those factors. After the adjustments, they found that with marijuana use, a patient’s risk for stroke went up by 26 percent and their heart failure risk increased 10 percent.
There is one problem, though. The study relied on people who may have already been sick, so it might not apply to the general population.