“Older adults are the fastest growing group of medical cannabis users, yet evidence on cardiovascular safety for this population is scarce.”
The study was focused on patients aged 60 or older with hypertension and a medical cannabis prescription. Researchers monitored blood pressure, blood tests, electrocardiograms (ECG) and anthropometric measurements prior to the initiation of cannabis therapy and followed up three months afterward.
They found that cannabis treatment was associated with a reduction in 24-hours systolic and diastolic blood pressure values, with the largest reduction occurring three hours after cannabis administration.
Twenty-six patients took part in the study, with a mean age of 70.4. No significant changes were seen in the different metabolic parameters assessed by blood tests, anthropometric measurements, or ECG exams.
The research was conducted at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center and is believed to be the first of its kind that focuses on the effect of cannabis on blood pressure in older adults.
The patients consumed cannabis either orally as oil or by smoking it.
According to News Medical, researchers theorize that the pain relief offered by cannabis may have contributed to the reduction in blood pressure.
Written by Sam Riches.
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