Marijuana and Your Heart

The Annals of Cardiology No.30 | Marijuana and Your Heart

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If you’re toying with the idea of trying marijuana, maybe off the street, or maybe the medical stuff, who would you go to for advice? Probably someone who’s tried it a few times. It’s an odd thing about marijuana – when you write or speak about it, people can’t help but wonder what your personal experience is. Patients sometimes comment to me about how calm I seem. I mean, cardiology is a stressful field. Does it make you wonder …? Could Dr. Marshall be toking before work?

I was wondering the same about Dr. Andrew Pipe while listening to his Grand Rounds lecture at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, delivered on December 5, 2018 about the cardiac effects of marijuana. Not only was I imagining his personal marijuana history, I was fascinated by his name – Dr. Pipe – not to be confused with Dr. Bong who is a fictional genius superhero from the 70’s who wore a bell-shaped helmet, and Dr. GanjaLove, who … well, need I go on? My point is that, when it comes to marijuana, there’s a certain credibility factor if you’ve tried it. Of course, if you smoke it constantly that credibility begins to fade. Still…

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states, and recreational marijuana is legal in 8 states, Washington DC, and all of Canada. It’s only a matter of time before Bermuda follows suit. So, with that in mind, let’s talk about spliffs, reefers, blunts, the Mary Jane, or anything else you wish to call it – a fascinating plant laden with fascinating chemicals, the two most infamous being THC and CBD. These are cannabinoids.

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