Smoking marijuana may reduce your risk of having a stroke, according to a new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
Conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas and led by Dr. Francesca Filbey, the study has claimed that the primary compound in marijuana, THC, helps relax arterial walls, which in turn increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure.
To come to these conclusions, Filbey and her team examined 74 marijuana users and 101 non users for a 60-day period. All marijuana users report to have smoked marijuana at least 5,000 times.
Using magnetic resonance imaging, as well as urinalysis to measure THC metabolite levels, researchers found that “cannabis users showed higher global oxygen extraction fraction and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen compared to nonusers.”
The results come in light of another recent study that came to the contradictory conclusion that marijuana use increased the risk of dying from hypertension by three times.
A key difference between the two studies is that the one led by Filbey actually examined individuals while the other study came to its conclusion through the analysis of statistical data, highlighting the need for further scientific research into marijuana’s effects on the body.