Tobacco smoking and high blood pressure are two of the leading causes of death in the world. Hence, the occurrence of smoking of tobacco and high blood pressure greatly impacts the health status of a population and an individual.

Smoking Tobacco Can Raise Blood Pressure

Did you know that smoking tobacco isn’t the only smoking method that can elevate blood pressure? Smoking an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and hookah or water pipe can also relatively increase blood pressure. How can these methods increase blood pressure?

Smoking the contents of the said method negatively affects the human endothelial function, inflammation, lipids, and thrombosis. In the tobacco smoking perse, the effects on the blood pressure are complex. However, there is evidence that points to tobacco as one of the culprits that acutely increases blood pressure.

Chronically, the effects of tobacco smoking on blood pressure are still uncertain on whether it prompts the development of hypertension or not.

The Worldwide Trends in Smoking

Despite the warnings of several medical groups and governments in the world, the number of smoking individuals is still increasing. Some countries have huge drops in their number of smokers. For example, in the U.S., from 45.1 million smokers in 2005, the numbers dropped to 36.5 million smokers in 2017.

The smoking of tobacco perse has significantly decreased, but the use of e-cigarette is increasing in developed countries. In parts of Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and Western European countries, hookah smoking is prevalent too.

Can cannabis raise blood pressure too?

There are several differences in whether you develop high blood pressure or not through the long term and short term use of cannabis. When a first-timer temporarily smokes cannabis, he or she might experience a temporary increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Still, then both events essentially subside after the effects wear out.

Other heavy users who have developed a tolerance for cannabis through the years can experience a non-spike of blood pressure after a cannabis session. On the other hand, the use of cannabis puts them in advantage as it reduces their blood pressure. Anecdotal reports suggest that people use cannabis as an agent to keep their blood pressure down.

With that said, there are conflicting reports too that suggest that the long term use of cannabis can have negative effects on the cardiovascular system.

The recent research regarding cannabis and blood pressure pretty much sums up the adverse effects of cannabis on blood pressure, although the methodologies used have some issues. First, the research was an observational one, so there were no controls used.

Final thought

Right now, there are conflicting reports about blood pressure and cannabis. Some say that cannabis can reduce high blood pressure, and reports are stating that cannabis can spike up blood pressure. But one thing is clear. There is still more research that needs to be done to conclusively know for sure the relationship between cannabis and blood pressure.

To keep your head above the confusion, cling to your doctor’s recommendations and suggestions. Don’t attempt to self medicate using CBD oil or any other herbal related products unless instructed by your G.P.

 

References:

J Appel, L. et al. (N.D.). Smoking and hypertension. Available at:
https://www.uptodate.com/contents/smoking-and-hypertension

The Recovery Village. (N.D.). Does Marijuana Cause High Blood Pressure? Available at:
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