cardiac conditions and cannabis

Posted on March 7th, 2018 to Medical Cannabis

CANNABIS AND THE HEART

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Cannabis does affect the heart.  It has some beneficial effects such as lowering blood pressure.  But it also can have some deleterious effects such as increasing heart rate.  You should speak to one of the baltimore medical marijuana specialists at Compassionate Care Consultants to find out if cannabis if safe for you.

Patients with high blood pressure or hypertension will find that their systolic blood pressure can decrease by as much as 30 mm Hg with a single inhalation of medical marijuana.  Patients should use caution in using cannabis especially if they have a cardiac history.

Those patients with atrial fibrillation and other cardiac tachyarrhythmias (fast heart beats) can have their conditions exacerabted with cannabis and should speak to a trained specialist at Baltimore Compassionate Care Consultants.  We offer recommendations on ratios with other cannabinoids that lessen the chances of ill effects and allow for a safe cannabis experience.

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To date the theoretical risk of cardiac arrhythmias is just that, theoretical.  There are no conclusive studies that show cannabis causes heart attacks. Part of the cardiac risk derives from smoking and we never recommend smoking cannabis, we always recommend vaporizing or ingesting the medication.

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