Marijuana is known for having a calming effect, especially in people who are highly stressed.
Now, it’s also believed medical cannabis can reduce blood pressure in adults 60 and over with hypertension, thanks to a recent study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
“Older adults are the fastest growing group of medical cannabis users, yet evidence on cardiovascular safety for this population is scarce,” said Dr. Ran Abuhasira of the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences and the BGU-Soroka Cannabis Clinical Research Institute in a university release.
“This study is part of our ongoing effort to provide clinical research on the actual physiological effects of cannabis over time.”
Twenty-six participants with a mean age of 70.42 ± 5.37 years used marijuana for about 90 days and were closely evaluated. Data showed a drop in both 24-hour systolic and diastolic blood pressure values with the maximum blood pressure decrease being reached just three hours after the participants consumed marijuana, either via edible oil extracts or by smoking it.
The mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures were reduced by 5.0 mmHg and 4.5 mmHg, respectively
Of note, the pain relief achieved by consuming marijuana is believed to partially contribute to lowering hypertension.
“Cannabis research is in its early stages and BGU is at the forefront of evaluating clinical use based on scientific studies,” concludes Doug Seserman, chief executive officer of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “This new study is one of several that has been published recently by BGU on the medicinal benefits of cannabis.”
The study is published in European Journal of Internal Medicine.
Caution: The study didn’t indicate if any of its participants had experienced previous heart conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes or artery disease.Tags: marijuana / cannabis