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Marijuana Use Triples Death Risk from Hypertension

07:09 EDT 9 Aug 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

As the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana continue to spread across the U.S., so too have usage rates for the drug, especially in younger demographics. Over the years, research into the long-term effects of marijuana usage has been paltry and difficult to undertake due to legal restrictions and social stigmas. Yet, a handful of researchers have taken strides to push the limits of various research endeavors, to better understand the underlying biology of cannabis’ effects on the body. This is exactly what a team of investigators at the Georgia State University (GSU) School of Public Health set out to accomplish, reporting their recent study findings in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology in an article entitled “ Effect of Marijuana Use on Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Mortality: A Study Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Linked Mortality File .” "Steps are being taken toward legalization and decriminalization ...

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