WATCH OUT FOR WEED
I read that smoking dope is linked to high blood pressure. Is that true? Gavin, Preston
Yes, according to one study. More than 1,000 people aged 20 or older were questioned, and then followed up over the years. When adjustments were made for tobacco smoking, age and other fitness factors, it seems that using marijuana increased the risk of dying from heart disease or strokes, because it appeared to increase your blood pressure. Like all drugs, the risks go up the more you take, so if you only have the occasional joint, the risks are lower.