We already know that marijuana can be addictive — about nine percent of those who smoke pot will become addicted, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
We also know that some people experience an acute psychotic reaction (disturbed perceptions and thoughts, paranoia) or panic attacks while under the influence of pot. Marijuana also has negative effects on attention, memory and learning — and it can certainly hurt your lungs. In fact, regular users have been found to experience similar breathing and lung problems as tobacco smokers.
A recent study shows that smoking pot might also be hurting your heart – upping your risk of hypertension, according to researchers from Georgia State University. Marijuana users were more than three times likely to die from high blood pressure than non-users. And, for each year of use, their risk increased by four percent, according to the study.
“Marijuana stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen demand,” said lead author Barbara Yankey.
Caring for Your Heart in Recovery
Getting help for your addiction is perhaps the best thing you can do for your ticker. You might also want to consider adding these heart-healthy steps to your long-term sobriety plan:
- Quit smoking. Ask your doctor to recommend a smoking cessation plan.
- Get your numbers tested, including blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Prioritize sleep. Six to 8 hours per night is the goal.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Consult a healthcare professional about your ideal range.
- Limit salt, sugar and processed foods.
- Add fatty fish – salmon, herring, sardines or tuna – into your diet.
- Make exercise a priority. Strive for 30 minutes per day on most days of the week.
- Meditate daily. Try to meditate the same time each day so it becomes a habit.
- Manage stress. Experiment with a few relaxation techniques like yoga or deep breathing.
Overcoming Your Marijuana Addiction
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