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Medical Marijuana and Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

What Is Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease?

Arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerotic heart disease, etc., are closely related in that they involve the hardening of arteries with a fatty plaque buildup. Arteriosclerotic heart disease specifically refers to the hardening of arteries in and around the heart, making it incredibly difficult for the heart to do its job. The person with arteriosclerotic heart disease will, most likely, also have hypertension, or high blood pressure as the heart works with intense strain to push blood through the thickened arteries of the heart. Unmonitored and untreated these patients have a significantly increased risks of heart attack and death of the heart muscle itself in the areas where blood cannot reach because the problem with plaque buildup has become so bad the blood vessels are almost completely, if not completely, closed off. As a person ages, the cholesterol levels in their blood increase, either due to poor diet and lack of exercise or more naturally because of genetics and a predisposed tendency toward higher cholesterol. Sometimes it's a double whammy, and both a predisposition to high cholesterol and poor diet lend a hand in leaving fatty deposits, or plaque, on the walls of blood vessels from the cholesterol that circulates in the system. Annual physicals and blood panel work ups can aid in detecting the presence of high cholesterol and the risks for arteriosclerosis and arteriosclerotic heart disease. From there it has to be a change in the way the patient sees food and lives their lives

Medical Marijuana and Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease and Medical Marijuana

The problems that may present themselves with these medicinal regimens are troubling at best. A baby aspirin a day may think the blood so it can't deposit fatty plaque in the arteries in and around the heart. However it also means that bleeding out from an internal injury or an external wound and constant bruising are the risks one takes. Then there's the ulcerative side effects too; stomach, throat and esophageal ulcers can form, and then the patient has to take another medicine to alleviate the symptoms of that. The cholesterol reducing and cholesterol blocking pills, while effective, require regular blood draws to make sure they aren't having any negative effects on the liver, which produces the body's own natural cholesterol. A patient who is also a hemophiliac or deathly afraid of needles would have big issues with either of these regimens.

Medical marijuana on the other hand has two specific compounds in it, naturally, that have been proven in clinical trials to reduce plaque buildup in the arteries of mice. Prof. Roger Pertwee conducted this study and it is currently under further research by GW Pharmaceuticals, with regards to the health benefits of THCV, a non-psychoactive component of medical marijuana and its well-known cousin, THC. Without all the hyper science jargon, their studies combined point to a cure for liver diseases, obesity, and metabolic disorders, all of which arteriosclerotic heart disease is a direct result.

Medical Marijuana Uses for Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

Medical marijuana also provides a lot of other soothing side effects or high energy for exercise as needed for the patients with arteriosclerotic heart disease. It can't be overdosed, it doesn't require blood fat monitoring( unless your a participant in one of the drug trials or case studies) through needles, and won't thin the blood to the point it can't properly coagulate when the body becomes severely injured. It is the safer option, and quite possibly the safest option out there. Further research needs to continue before medical marijuana is regularly prescribed for arteriosclerotic heart disease, but right now, some pot docs are already writing prescriptions for it, in the hopes to get ahead of the curve with the pharmaceutical companies.

If you are a patient with arteriosclerotic heart disease and a firm believer in the world of natural medicine or you just want to explore a less dangerous option for your health, medical marijuana may be right you. You have to check the laws of your state for medical marijuana's legality and acquire a medical marijuana carrier's card before you consult with a marijuana prescribing doctor about whether pot is right for you and your heart and arteries. Who knows? It might just be the best thing to ever happen to your health.


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