The Positive and Negative Cardiovascular Effects of Cannabis.
Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2020 Oct 14;:
Authors: Adamson MB, Di Giovanni B, Delgado DH
INTRODUCTION: The use of cannabis and its derivatives have increased steadily over the past few decades, prompting patients and clinicians to increasingly inquire about its health effects and safety profile. However, despite promising evidence suggesting therapeutic utilization, cannabis remains a controlled substance in most countries and is largely considered to have no medical or recreational benefit; thus, a lack of observational studies and randomized control trials exist to outline positive and negative health implications. Ultimately this leaves patients, health-care professionals and policy makers without necessary evidence required to make informed decisions on cannabis use.
AREAS COVERED: This review outlines cannabis in a clinical setting and delves into specific effects of cannabinoids on cardiovascular health and disease. It discusses positive and negative health implications associated with cannabis, mechanisms in cardiovascular disease and reveals methods guiding cannabis use in the clinical setting.
EXPERT OPINION: Advances in research are necessary to guide decisions regarding cannabinoid use. Countries which have federally legalized cannabis have a unique opportunity to study cardiovascular implications in an unbiased and comprehensive manner. Ultimately, as cannabis use will inevitably increase, researchers, clinicians and policy makers must work together to ensure cannabis is utilized in a way that is therapeutically beneficial.
PMID: 33054426 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]