Study: cannabis may help prevent heart disease

A new study suggests cannabis may protect against a wide range of conditions including hypertension, stroke, atherosclerosis and heart attacks. 

The study published in the journal Pharmacological Research, led by Dr. Saoirse O'Sullivan, found that cannabinoids affect blood vessels by causing them to relax and widen. According to the researchers, the study was the first to demonstrate this response in human tissue samples.

Relaxation of the blood vessels is known to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. however, the authors note that the role of cannabinoids in cardiovascular disease has not been well researched. The experiments were also carried out using a cannabinoid produced naturally by the body, known as 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol), rather than cannabinoids derived from cannabis.

The researchers conclude that more investigation is needed on the interaction of different diseases and medications with the cardiovascular effects of cannabinoids.

Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24548820

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