Friday, October 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) – As the use of marijuana grows, with Canada that legalizes the drug this…
Friday, October 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) – As the use of marijuana grows, with Canada that legalizes the drug this week, a new study that connects the pot to an increased risk of stroke can give users a break.
The risk of stroke can increase by 15 percent and it can jump 29 percent for an ischemic stroke – the most common type, says lead researcher Dr. Krupa Patel. She is a researcher at the Avalon University School of Medicine in Willemstad, Curacao.
Patel warned that the study can not prove that marijuana causes stroke, only the two are associated.
“We can not establish causal relationship, but what we can say is that marijuana users at leisure have a higher risk of stroke,” she says.
In addition, researchers do not know if the risk is related to smoking marijuana or its use in other ways and whether it depends on the amount of drug used or if it is due to other psychoactive ingredients mixed with marijuana.
Patel said the risk could be exacerbated by chronic medical conditions among marijuana users who had stroke,
Even researchers could not tell if the data on marijuana users used other drugs like cocaine or smoked tobacco.
Still more stroke among marijuana users than nonusers occurred, leaving open t he asks what the risk boosts.
“By this time we can only say that there is an increased risk, “says Patel.
The best way to determine whether marijuana really is fork sipped with an increase in stroke is in a clinical study, says Dr. Thalia Field, a professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
“It’s too early to say that this is causal relationship,” she said. “It must be investigated in other studies.”
In the study, Patel and her colleagues found that among more than 2.3 million American marijuana hospitals, hospitals increased the risk of stroke compared to people who did not use drugs.
0 and 2014, stroke among marijuana users increased , although the total stroke rate was unchanged, Patel said.
Among the marijuana users in the study, more than 32,000 strokes – including nearly 19,500 suffered an ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood vessels in the brain.
Under five years, the rate of stroke was increased from 1.3 to 1.5 percent among marijuana users and the rate of ischemic stroke increased from 0.7 to 0.9 percent, the researchers found.
The increase in stroke among marijuana users was above all age groups – for people in the teens to the 80’s, Patel said. In addition, the cost of these patients increased between 2010 and 2014, from $ 71,000 to ll $ 92,000.
The results were to be presented Friday at the World Stroke Congress in Montreal. Such an investigation is considered provisional until it is published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Paul Armentano, deputy director of the marijuana advocacy group NORML, said: “This result is incompatible with other population-based studies, which failed to identify cannabis as an independent risk factor for stroke among younger people.”
However, NORML acknowledges that the data If this substance develops and that cannabis smoke can cause a cardiovascular response, he added.
People with heart disease or stroke history may be at increased risk of side effects from marijuana, especially smoked cannabis, recognized Armentano.
“Like all drugs, people should consult their physician before deciding whether medical use of cannabis is safe and appropriate,” he says.
Visit the National Stroke Association for more on stroke.