The use of marijuana for medical purposes may lower blood pressure in older adults, new research suggests.
The discovery was made by experts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in association with Soroka University Medical Center.
The study appeared in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.
In the study, patients in late-adulthood with a history of hypertension were administered marijuana for medical purposes.
Blood tests, blood pressure measurements, anthropometric readings, and ECG tests were initiated prior to marijuana usage and three months after treatment.
From the study: “The aim of this study was to assess the effect of cannabis on blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolic parameters in older adults with hypertension.”
“Amongst older adults with hypertension, cannabis treatment for 3 months was associated with a reduction in 24-hours systolic and diastolic blood pressure values with a nadir at 3 hours after cannabis administration,” the study concluded.