How Does Marijuana Use Impact Heart Health?

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Different forms of marijuana.

When you think of marijuana use, you might believe that a little bit of marijuana won’t hurt. However, it turns out that recreational or more intense marijuana use can have some serious health impacts. These include the increased risk of cardiovascular complications and hypertension. What does this mean if you’re using or have used marijuana long term?

Medical Problems Due to Marijuana Use

What is the problem with marijuana use? While it might seem like a lower-risk drug to some or an alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes or using other substances, it can have significant health implications for those who use it. This includes problems with your heart: According to Medical News Today, “people who use marijuana may be three times more likely to die from high blood pressure than non-users of the drug.” Approximately a third of the US population has high blood pressure, and increases in blood pressure can lead to extremely serious health conditions such as stroke and heart disease. In the US, over 400,000 people per year die from these conditions.

Many people who smoke tobacco cigarettes have long known that they are at risk for further health impacts such as increased blood pressure. However, if you’re using marijuana as an alternative to tobacco, it seems that it can be even more detrimental to your blood pressure.

The study completed by Georgia State University in Atlanta tracked over a thousand people, many of whom had used marijuana either casually or consistently in the past. What they found was that “marijuana users were 3.42 times more likely to die from high blood pressure.” Every year of use increased the risk of death. 

While the study only examined the long-term effects of marijuana use on hypertension, the authors also mention that “the detrimental effects of marijuana on brain function far exceed that of cigarette smoking,” according to ES Cardio. The use of marijuana has a host of significant health impacts, some of which are revealed by this study, such as hypertension.

Marijuana pipe

If you want to stop using marijuana, a recovery center can offer short and long-term support.

Breaking the Cycle

If you’re concerned about your marijuana use and want to stop using the drug before it has long-term health impacts, where can you turn? At The Recovery Village, we are here to help you move away from substance misuse and into long-term sobriety. Talk with a representative today about the many programs at our Ohio addiction treatment facility for co-occurring marijuana use with other substances. Programs include:

  • Intensive inpatient programs that will assist you in recovery through individual and group therapy and alternative therapies such as recreation and art therapy.
  • Outpatient and intensive outpatient programs that allow you to work part time or live at home while you take part in therapy. Many people participate in outpatient care after completing an inpatient program.
  • Aftercare programs that help you stay sober, even when you’re back at work or living with your family again.
  • Work with patients with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders, so that you can work on maintaining your mental and physical health at the same time.

If you’re trying to avoid the serious health impacts of marijuana use, speak with The Recovery Village today. We’ll give you the support you need to move toward long-term sobriety.