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Heart disease. Here are the people at (very) high risk

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THE the risk of heart disease is higher in individuals who use cannabis, indicates a study carried out by Stanford Medicine, in the United States.

The greatest danger is related to the psychotropic activity of cannabis. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) causes inflammation of endothelial cells, which form the inner layer of blood vessels, as well as atherosclerosis. “Exposure to THC triggers a harmful molecular cascade in blood vessels. It’s not a benign drug,” says Joseph Wu, professor of cardiovascular medicine and radiology and director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford University. .

The researchers also discovered that a molecule called genistein, which is able to inhibit inflammation and atherosclerosis, but does not interfere with the positive effects caused by the medical use of cannabis. Genistein can be found in soy, for example.

The study authors analyzed the genetic and medical data of nearly 500,000 people between the ages of 40 and 69. Nearly 35,000 volunteers admitted to smoking cannabis. Of this group, 11,000 say they use drugs more than once a month.

Heavy smokers are more likely to have a heart attack. In addition, the risk of having a first heart attack before the age of 50 is higher.

Read also : Cannabis: A new option for the treatment of chronic pain?

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