Smoking marijuana is associated with two phenomena (increased appetite and diminished physical activity) which can lead to coronary heart disease. THC can also increase heart rate and blood pressure which might increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Research continues to show great hope for medical marijuana and cannabis as a potential medical treatment for a whole host of physical and psychological disorders. Also contained in that research, however, is the risk and potential side effects of cannabis, especially about heart disease.
Marijuana and Healthy Living
Smoking marijuana is associated with two phenomena that are likely to cause weight gain: increased appetite and diminished physical activity. To borrow the parlance of cannabis culture, having the munchies and feeling couch-locked are not common factors in a healthy lifestyle, which can lead to coronary heart disease.
How Cannabis Affects the Coronary System
Further, as THC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, it can increase heart rate and blood pressure. As the heart beats faster and harder, the risk of a heart attack or stroke increases. While this doesn’t mean that marijuana can cause heart attacks and strokes, research seems to say that the risk of either increase during cannabis use.
The Dangers of Smoking Marijuana
One of the concerns of marijuana use is the way it gets into your system. Breathing in smoke, regardless of what is the source of the burning, is rarely good for lung health. Per the Cleveland Clinic, studies show that cannabis smoke harms lung tissues and damages small blood vessels. If you believe marijuana may be having a detrimental effect on your physical health, reach out to your doctor right away. They can better diagnose any potential issues and provide treatment plans.