Study: Marijuana could prevent heart disease

In Cardiac, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new UK study found that marijuana compounds may relax blood vessels and thus be able to prevent heart disease in some patients.

Published in the journal Pharmacological Research, the study looked at how cannabinoids – the most common compound in marijuana – can affect blood vessels by letting them relax and widen. It’s been documented that blood vessel relaxation can lower blood pressure and improve circulation.

It should be noted the study was conducted using a cannabinoid produced naturally by the human body, known as 2-AG (2-arachidonoylglycerol), rather than cannabinoids derived from marijuana.

According to the study, the research was the first to demonstrate this response in human tissue samples.

However, the research team believes more investigation is needed on the interaction of different diseases and medications with the cardiovascular effects of cannabinoids.

In 2005, researchers found the active ingredient in marijuana that produces changes in brain messages appears to fight atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries.