December 13, 2016
Once again, it’s time for me to give you a sneak peek at practical, quick and dirty fitness tips from this week’s Get-Fit Guy article.
Each week, over at the Quick & Dirty Tips Network, I produce a free, easy-to-read article, accompanied by a short 5-10 minute audio version of that article. Everything there is focused on the latest fitness research, exercise news, and quick and highly practical muscle gain, fat loss and physical performance tips. It’s called “The Get-Fit Guy’s Quick & Dirty Tips To Slim Down & Shape Up”.
Here's your sneak peek from this week's article: Does Marijuana Really Weaken Your Heart?
“Last week, news hit the headlines that, according to a recent study, “marijuana use is associated with an almost doubled risk of developing stress cardiomyopathy”, which is a potentially fatal weakening of the heart muscle. Interestingly, prior to this most recent study, a 2016 study in rats found that one minute of exposure to marijuana smoke impairs the heart’s inner lining for 90 minutes, which is even longer than the impairment that occurs from smoking cigarettes.
To confuse matters just slightly, at the same time as these new studies have been coming out, health experts have been changing their minds on the potential “deleterious effects” of marijuana. For example, CNN's chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta reversed his opinion on medical marijuana and now believes that the drug should be fully legal for medical use. Harvard Health Review has reported that the health benefits of both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana include treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy a variety of psychiatric disorders (e.g., anxiety, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, and psychosis). A 1999 a U.S. Government sponsored study by the Institute of Medicine discovered more of these beneficial properties of marijuana in medical conditions such as nausea caused by chemotherapy, and wasting caused by AIDS, and since then, a number of studies have been done to show that smoked marijuana has pain reducing effects. Finally, a large number of small but significant studies have shown marijuana use to assist with medical conditions from alzheimers to glaucoma to arthritis, Crohn’s disease and beyond.”
So does marijuana really weaken your heart muscle?
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