Let me preface this article by saying that I’m not the most popular person because of my being vehemently against the use of marijuana for ‘fun’, or even medical marijuana for some conditions – except for well researched situations where its benefits appear to outweigh its risks – primarily for cancer, seizures, autism, and other diseases. I do believe in the possible benefits of CBD oil is what the real value is, and that THC is not necessary at all. When God is absolutely against ‘drunkenness’, then why would He condone THC? Weighing my extensive research regarding marijuana, with scripture, I believe that medical marijuana could be healing diseases because of the CBD alone, and not the THC. I am a Bible believing Christian who believes that any substance that alters one’s mind if NOT of God – including the use of THC and other addictive substances. If you need it to feel normal, then you are addicted to it. If you are addicted, you are going against everything in the Bible! You don’t need THC! Anyway, I’m entitled to my opinion, as well as you. Personally, I looked into this because of my chronic and severe pain from legitimate spinal damage resulting from 3 accidents that caused many neurological problems. After careful research, I decided I would never go against my God once I realized THC is addictive, dangerous and unnecessary. So, that all said, when I”m in pain, I go to Yeshua (Jesus’s real name) for help – exactly what my God wants and commands. I tough it out! Endurance brings strength – as God says. When John was boiled in oil, did he reach for painkillers? Of course not! He lived through it knowing that the Lord was with him. ALL believers need to do the same if they want to make it to Heaven. We know, from scripture, that not everyone that cries “Lord, Lord’ make it to Heaven. We’re living in a world that wants a quick fix for stress, pain, to sleep, and to relax/// bypassing God Himself. If you allege that you are a Christian and require THC or any other chemical to feel normal, or to sleep, or for pain, then, you need to fast and examine your life before God. You need to repent and rededicate your life to Yeshua (Jesus)… and TRUST HIM! “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” ~NationalAddictionNews.com
In a recent study, researchers from Georgia State University found that marijuana use is associated with a three-fold risk of death from high blood pressure.
The researchers focused on the long-term effect of marijuana use on health. They examined people aged 20 years and above from the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).
The team found that among a total of 1 213 participants, 34% used neither marijuana nor cigarettes, 21% used only marijuana, 20% used marijuana and smoked cigarettes, 16% used marijuana and were past-smokers, 5% were past-smokers and 4% only smoked cigarettes.
The average duration of marijuana use was 11.5 years.
Marijuana users had a higher risk of dying from high blood pressure.
Compared to non-users, marijuana users had a 3.42-times higher risk of death from the disease and a 1.04 greater risk for each year of use.
Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen demand.
Emergency rooms have reported cases of angina and heart attacks after marijuana use.
The authors suggest that the cardiovascular risk associated with marijuana use may be greater than the cardiovascular risk already established for cigarette smoking.
The finding is published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.
In another study reported by American College of Cardiology, researchers find that marijuana use is linked to higher risk of heart failure and stroke.
The study drew data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, which includes the health records of patients admitted at more than 1,000 hospitals.
The researchers analyzed data from young and middle-aged patients–age 18-55 years, who were discharged from hospitals in 2009 and 2010 when marijuana use was illegal in most states.
They found that compared to non-users, marijuana users showed a much higher risk of stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and sudden cardiac death.
Marijuana use was also linked to obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, and alcohol use.
After controlled other factors, the team found that marijuana use was independently associated with a 26% increase in the risk of stroke and a 10% increase in the risk of developing heart failure.
In a third study reported by the American Heart Association, researchers found that marijuana use is linked to heart muscle malfunction, stress cardiomyopathy.
Stress cardiomyopathy is a sudden, usually temporary, weakening of the heart muscle that reduces the heart’s ability to pump.
It can lead to chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and sometimes fainting. The malfunction mimics heart attack symptoms.
The researchers analyzed data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.
They identified 33,343 people who were hospitalized with stress cardiomyopathy between 2003 and 2011 in the United States.
Of those, 210 (less than one percent) were also identified as marijuana users.
The team found that marijuana users were almost twice as likely to develop stress cardiomyopathy compared to non-users.
The researchers suggest that anyone who is using marijuana and develops symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
It is important to make sure one doesn’t have stress cardiomyopathy or another heart problem.
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