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Synthetic and natural cannabinoids: the cardiovascular risk

March 2015 Br J Cardiol 2015;22:7–9 doi:10.5837/bjc.2015.006

Synthetic and natural cannabinoids: the cardiovascular risk

Ethan B Russo

Abstract

Ethan B Russo Morbidity and cannabinoids Cardiovascular morbidity secondary to cannabis has been reported: THC metabolites in unexplained cardiac deaths in young people,14 and a claim of a 4.8 times increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) in the first hour after cannabis smoking,15 but given the meteoric increase in cannabis usage over the past five decades, one might expect a commensurate public health signal, which has been quite unapparent in epidemiological studies.16,17 Cannabis smoking did decrease exercise tolerance in angina.18 While increased all-causation death rates after first MI in cannabis smokers were initially claimed,19

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