Despite the common perception that people with a history of substance use are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, a large body of research has shown that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, there are several aspects of marijuana use that can be beneficial to your cardiovascular health. When used responsibly, marijuana can help protect against heart attack and improve blood flow to the heart. Despite its protective effects, frequent or prolonged use may have adverse effects on the heart as well. Keep reading to learn more about how marijuana and its component cannabinoids can affect your cardiovascular system and whether it’s safe for you to use regularly.
What is the relationship between marijuana and cardiovascular disease?
The relationship between marijuana and cardiovascular disease is not yet clear. Many studies have shown that people who use marijuana are more likely to experience cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke. This is likely due to an increased risk of blood clotting, blood pressure and heart rhythm disturbances, and other conditions. However, people who use marijuana may also have other risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. Therefore, it’s possible that people who use marijuana have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease simply due to their other risk factors.
Marijuana and blood vessels
The vascular system of the body has a very close relationship with cannabinoids, especially tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main components in marijuana. Excessive intake of cannabinoids can increase the permeability of blood vessels, which can lead to a condition known as vasodilation. This can result in hypotension (low blood pressure), increased risk of a blood clot that can block blood flow, and even a heart attack. Vasodilation is generally harmless in healthy people, but it can cause serious complications in people with pre-existing diseases of the blood vessels, such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes. If you are at risk of vasodilation due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or other conditions, it is recommended that you avoid marijuana.
Marijuana and heart rate
Most of the studies on the effects of marijuana on heart rate have been conducted in animals, and a human study on the effects of marijuana on heart rate is still lacking. It’s generally believed that cannabinoids slow the heartbeat, which may have some health benefits, including the ability to increase blood flow. However, this effect may vary among individuals, and it may also be dangerous in people with pre-existing heart diseases.
Marijuana and blood pressure
Some studies have shown that chronic marijuana use may lead to an increased risk of hypertension (high blood pressure), and some have suggested a possible protective role. However, further research is needed to determine the exact relationship between these two factors. Regardless, it’s recommended that people who use marijuana consume it responsibly and only as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, plenty of rest and exercise, and a stress-free life. Chronic marijuana use may lead to an increased risk of hypertension. However, it’s also possible that the relationship between these two factors is not clear. There is not enough evidence to recommend a change in treatment for people with hypertension, and it’s important to remember that marijuana is still relatively new as a medicine.
THC and endocannabinoid system
The endocannabinoid system is a network of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body that regulates a variety of functions, including mood, appetite, and sleep. Endocannabinoids can be produced naturally by the human body, but they also can be produced artificially by consuming cannabinoids, such as THC, found in marijuana. There is some evidence that shows that endocannabinoids play a protective role in cardiovascular health. Specifically, some studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system may help regulate blood pressure, improve blood flow to the heart, and prevent heart rhythm disturbances, such as tachycardia (an abnormally elevated heart rate).
Other cannabinoids in marijuana
Besides THC, the plant also contains various other cannabinoids that may have various effects on the cardiovascular system. Many of these cannabinoids have not been studied extensively in animal or human studies, so more research is needed to determine their exact roles in the cardiovascular system.
How does marijuana affect your heart?
Marijuana is a plant-based drug that is ingested through smoking or eating. Marijuana contains two specific cannabinoids, THC and cannabidiol (CBD), that are extracted from the marijuana plant. The cannabinoid THC is the most “active” cannabinoid in marijuana and is responsible for the “high” experienced when you smoke marijuana. THC has been shown to have many health benefits, including the ability to relieve nausea and relieve pain. However, marijuana also contains other cannabinoids, some of which may have important heart-health-promoting properties, including the following: Cannabidiol (CBD) – CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that may have beneficial cardiovascular effects, such as the ability to protect against blood vessel damage.
Regular marijuana use may increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, it’s also important to note that there are some beneficial aspects of using marijuana, such as the protection against heart attack. If you use marijuana responsibly, you can enjoy the benefits without any negative effects on your heart health. There are many myths and misconceptions about marijuana, and it’s important to keep in mind that marijuana has potential benefits when used responsibly. However, it’s also important to remember that there are some risks involved with using marijuana, such as the risk of developing hypertension due to the release of the “hot” cannabinoid THC.