Adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use: Author's reply

Hall, Wayne and Degenhardt, Louisa (2010) Adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use: Author's reply. Lancet, 375 9710: 197-197. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60086-4

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Author Hall, Wayne
Degenhardt, Louisa
Title Adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use: Author's reply
Journal name Lancet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-6736
1474-547X
Publication date 2010-01
Sub-type Discussion - responses, round table/panel discussions, Q&A, reply
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60086-4
Open Access Status
Volume 375
Issue 9710
Start page 197
End page 197
Total pages 1
Editor Richard Horton
Place of publication London, U.K
Publisher Lancet Publishing Group.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We agree with William Tormey that the cardiovascular risks of cannabis smoking have not been well characterised by the limited research done to date. We also agree that cannabis smoking is currently not a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, because it is much less common than cigarette smoking is in middle-aged adults. Nonetheless, we believe that the possible cardiovascular risks of cannabis smoking need to be better understood because:
(1) cannabis smoke is very similar to tobacco smoke;
(2) most recreational users smoke the drug;
(3) cannabis smoking is persisting into middle age among adults who started use in the 1970s and 1980s; and
(4) older users probably use cannabis more episodically and so are less likely to develop tolerance to the stimulatory effects that tetrahydrocannabinol has on a cardiovascular system that may already be impaired by high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and so on.
Keyword Cannabis
Cannabis addiction
Cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular risk
Disease association
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes In response to Tormey, W. Adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use (2010) The Lancet 375 (9710), pp. 196; and Parakh, P. Adverse health effects of non-medical cannabis use (2010) The Lancet 375 (9710), pp. 196-197.

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Sub-type: Discussion - responses, round table/panel discussions, Q&A, reply
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