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No green grass: Marijuana use may increase risk of death from hypertension by three times

Marijuana use may increase the risk of death from hypertension by three times, a study has warned.

“Steps are being taken towards legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana in the US, and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result,” said Barbara A Yankey, a PhD student at the Georgia State University in the US.

“However, there is little research on the impact of marijuana use on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality,” said Yankey, lead author of the study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers took data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) of participants aged 20 years and above. In 2005-2006, participants were asked if they had ever used marijuana. Those who answered “yes” were considered marijuana users. Participants reported the age when they first tried marijuana and this was subtracted from their current age to calculate the duration of use.