Study Shows Cannabis Could Reduce Hypertension in Seniors
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Soroka University Medical Center have found that cannabis could lower blood pressure in senior citizens.
Twenty-six patients aged 60 and older with hypertension were prescribed cannabis for the study and then monitored for 24 hours. Three hours after using cannabis, their systolic and diastolic blood pressure values dropped significantly. The researchers believe this could be due to cannabis’ effect on pain, which is known to increase blood pressure.
Senior citizens are the fastest growing group of new marijuana users. Blood pressure is a common problem in this cohort. Chronic hypertension is believed to affect 30% to 50% of people aged 50 or older.