The ‘hits’ keep com­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

An­other day, an­other study that shows that mar­i­juana isn’t ex­actly the easy-go­ing, harm­less drug that its sup­port­ers would have us be­lieve. A study pub­lished in the Euro­pean

Jour­nal of Pre­ven­ta­tive Car­di­ol­ogy shows that peo­ple who smoke to­day’s grass have a three times greater risk of dy­ing from com­pli­ca­tions of high blood pres­sure. And, to make mat­ters worse, the risk grows with ev­ery year that goes by.

The study, as most pro­fes­sional stud­ies will do, ad­justed for fac­tors such as sex of the per­son, age, eth­nic­ity and even whether the per­son smoked cig­a­rettes too. The re­sults showed that those who smoke pot have a 3.42-times higher risk of death from hy­per­ten­sion.

The re­searchers sounded alarms. Mar­i­juana “ex­perts” not in­volved in the study said the re­sults should be repli­cated in other stud­ies. But even those in the know, and who were not in­volved in the re­search, say this study should be noted. For ex­am­ple, Ian Hamil­ton of Bri­tain’s York Uni­ver­sity:

“De­spite the widely held view that cannabis is be­nign, this re­search adds to pre­vi­ous work sug­gest­ing oth­er­wise.”

More study, more ev­i­dence, more sus­pi­cion of this drug. Here’s hop­ing that, for Arkansas, it’s not too late.

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