Nearly 2 million Americans who are dealing with heart diseases apparently have been using marijuana. Now new research has shown that there is a potentially risky link between heart issues and marijuana use. Researchers have claimed that the drug leaves a negative impact on people who are taking heart medicines. As per the new study, marijuana interacts with common heart medicines like Statin and blood thinners, which put patients at risk. Experts have revealed that using marijuana along with these drugs can change the effects of the medicines on the body. The study has been published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Scientists have said that marijuana is harmful to heart patients because the liver enzymes, which break down Statin or blood thinners, same enzymes, break down marijuana compounds as well. Using marijuana and these heart drugs might change the potency of the medicines. As per the findings of the study, marijuana might raise the levels of the blood thinner in the body, which can cause extreme bleeding. Another study that was published last year has also confirmed that people who are using marijuana while being on a blood thinner, need to decrease their dosage by 30 percent. When pot or marijuana is taken along with Statin, it can cause a drop in blood pressure.
Researchers have cautioned the public saying that patients who have suffered a heart attack or have been hospitalized should be counseled against using marijuana. As per the advice given by clinicians, heart patients should limit the usage of marijuana. People who are not heart patients should also be aware of the fact that how pot affects their heartbeat. Experts have said that if a patient starts to feel heart pounding or beating out of whack are the sign that they should stop ingesting marijuana. They have warned people that THC the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis can cause platelets to clump in the blood and form clotting. This condition can trigger a sudden heart attack or stroke. Synthetic Marijuana can be up to 100 times as potent as THC in the cannabis plant. It can be more risky for heart patients who are taking blood thinners and Statin. People can avoid this by knowing the purity and correct dose of marijuana.