A new study has found that smoking marijuana could have a surprising health risk.
The European Society of Cardiology published research that says people who have used marijuana could be more than three times as likely to die from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.
The study compared the causes of death among a group of around 1,200 people. They were divided into groups: non-smokers, pot users, cigarette smokers and people who smoked both. It determined that pot use was more associated with hypertension than cigarette use was.
The scientists point to other research that says smoking pot can increase a person’s heart rate by 20-100 percent for a few hours. That increase in blood pressure could strain the circulatory system.