Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cannabis, strokes linked? Perhaps

I'd never heard about this supposed connection until I ran across the article about how cannabis-related stroke is not a myth:

They add that in many cases the strokes appeared to have occurred while the drug was actually being smoked or within half an hour of smoking ... .
Wolff said that although there are only these few cases of documented stroke associated with cannabis use, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. "Nobody is looking for it, and if you don't look you won't find it. Neurologists are not thinking about cannabis as a possible cause of stroke, so they don't ask patients about it."

In fact, the Heartwire article continues, cannabis - aka marijuana - use should be considered a stroke risk factor, according to the study. Check out the entire article to read about the complexities of any link.

(Photo from U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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