According to a recent study whose findings appeared in the journal Addiction, there is no link between cumulative lifetime or current use of marijuana and the development of electrocardiogram heart abnormalities in middle age. These findings fly in the face of claims made that the long-term use of marijuana can trigger heart ECG abnormalities as one ages.
For this study, a team of researchers from Switzerland worked closely with another team based in the U.S. to examine the relationship between the prevalence of heart electrocardiogram abnormalities and the cumulative use of marijuana.
The study population had 2,585 individuals who were all middle aged. These people were selected from a group of 5,115 black and white men and women who were all recruited in 1985 and 1986 when they were aged between 18 years and 30 years of age. These people had been recruited to participate in a long-term study conducted by CARDIA.
The study participants hailed from a total of four communities within the U.S. The researchers controlled for a number of possible confounders, such as the cholesterol and blood pressure levels of the participants, as well as their use of tobacco and alcohol.
After crunching the numbers, the researchers concluded that there was no link between lifetime cumulative or current use of marijuana and the likelihood of serious or minor heart electrocardiogram abnormalities within the study population. However, the investigators noted that the incidence of major ECG abnormalities was lower among those study participants who were current users of marijuana.
Current use in this case refers to the self-reported information that a study participant used marijuana at least once within the previous 30 days. In computing cumulative marijuana use, the investigators regarded a single marijuana year as 365 days of cannabis use in 2-5 years.
When the findings were adjusted for sex, level of physical activity, race, body mass index (“BMI”), and other confounding factors, the researchers came to the conclusion that there was no link between the occasional or regular use of marijuana and the likelihood that an individual will develop major or minor electrocardiogram abnormalities by the time they hit middle age.
This research clearly shows that while it has generally been thought that cannabis use is linked to the likelihood of developing heart conditions, the reality is that such an association doesn’t exist. However, a lot more research needs to be done about the possible long-term effects of marijuana use on cardiac health, and this could be the reason why firms like Pure Extracts Corp. recommend that you talk to your doctor before using any cannabis product.
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