Every day, cannabis users to turn to our special plant for various ailments and conditions. We have no choice but to deal with the consequences of our actions: Dry mouth, occasional goofiness, an over-appreciation for James Franco movies, and something new to us: HEART ATTACKS?
That’s right! According to the American Heart Association, who has certainly done a great job providing guidance to keep Oklahomans heart-healthy and only half filled with gravy, cannabis poses a real threat to the ol’ ticker.
“The American Heart Association recommends that people not smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis products, because of the potential harm to the heart, lungs and blood vessels,”
Well, that sounds pretty grim. Cannabis?
More from Health Central:
“Some of the studies analyzed by the medical group found heart rhythm abnormalities, such as tachycardia and atrial fibrillation, could occur within the hour after weed containing THC is smoked…”
So, we’re all supposed to chuck our peace-of-mind pipes in the nearest bin, despite not knowing or hearing of anyone who has ever suffered a stroke after smoking a joint?
It’s important to note that the problematic compound they are talking about, THC, is also the one most recreationally desired around the globe. But THC is not the only cannabinoid the group is taking aim at.
“Tetrahydrocannabinol can also cause a faster heart rate, increase the heart’s need for oxygen, disrupt the walls of arteries and contribute to higher blood pressure while prone, according to other studies.”
In a strange twist of reality, the potential side effects of THC are strangely similar to the physical reaction I used to feel while trying to talk to a girl in high school, down to the weakening artery walls.
With so much shade being thrown on a plant that literally needs light in order to thrive, I think it is important to understand the research that is being used to present these alarmist conclusions.
So what is all this solid research all this is based on? Oopsie, there is one very important disclaimer:
“Existing studies on marijuana and the heart are “short-term, observational and retrospective studies, which identify trends but do not prove cause and effect.”
So every word and worry they just spread over medical marijuana patients was complete bullshit.
Oh! They are so confident cannabis will cause us to drop dead from heart attacks that they don’t do research that goes anywhere past glorified guessing on this matter as “urgent.” Science is important; it made us kings of this jungle.
And this is the opposite of science.
In the nonsense that is the absence of science, do whatever you want with your own body — listen to and communicate with YOUR doctor. The fact that we DON’T know the long term effects of cannabis usage screams for to the need to have cannabis federally rescheduled, so scientists no longer have to research in fear.
I hope one day we do know all the wild and wonderful “consequences” of cannabis. Until then, Stay Happy, my friends.