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If vacation plans include pot: here are just a few things to consider

December 4, 2018

 

 

All medications have potential side effects, and this is likely with the medication ingredients in marijuana. As more states legalize marijuana and more people travel to places where the medication is legal you may want to realize that there are some health risks to be considered, especially for those who plan to smoke it.

 

Recognize that all the medical research in marijuana is in the early stages.

 

Studies, particularly in adolescents, but also in adults, show that doses of 2 to 3 mg of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhaled and ingested doses of 5 to 20 mg THC impair attention, concentration, short-term memory and executive brain function.

 

More severe adverse effects may occur at higher doses of THC, including nausea, fainting from postural hypotension, delirium, panic attacks, anxiety, and myoclonic jerking.

 

Psychosis has also been associated with use of higher potency/concentrated marijuana products.

 

Although many studies have backed the safety at least one well done recent study has linked hypertension and death from hypertension to smoking marijuana

 

Marijuana users have about a threefold risk of dying from hypertension, and the risk increases with each additional year of use, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) analysis.

 

Inhaling smoke is not good for the heart or lungs, and this is true both for tobacco and marijuana. Quoting previously published information on their study you can find that they concluded that the cardiovascular risk associated with marijuana use "may be greater than the cardiovascular risk already established for cigarette smoking," report the authors of the sponsored study looking at over 19,000 people, led by Barbara Yankey (Georgia State University, Atlanta). The author went on to say "We are not disputing the possible medicinal benefits of standardized cannabis formulations; however, recreational use of marijuana should be approached with caution." That study was published online August 8, 2017 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

 

So think about your overall health, and do bring up your marijuana consumption to your health care provider so that they can help you make safe and healthy choices.

 

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