Canadian researchers find habitual cannabis use when young could be linked to heart disease later on

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The 35 subjects, half of whom were cannabis users, were between the ages of 19 and 30. Findings from studies to date regarding cannabis use and heart health seem to be all over the place. What is being called the first study to consider specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users has found that consuming weed when young may increase the risk of later developing heart disease. Investigators explored the associations of cardiovascular structure and function with cannabis use in ostensibly healthy young participants. Pointing out that cigarette-smokers normally experience stiffer arteries and lower vascular and heart function, “we don’t yet know why in cannabis users there’s no difference in vascular function,” Cheung reports in the statement.

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What is being called the first study to consider specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users has found that consuming weed when young may increase the risk of later developing heart disease.

So suggests a new study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, out of the University of Guelph (U of G). Investigators explored the associations of cardiovascular structure and function with cannabis use in ostensibly healthy young participants.

The 35 subjects, half of whom were cannabis users, were between...

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