I have chronic kidney disease from a genetic defect. My current kidney function (GFR) is 16%. As kidney function decreases, hypertension rises (undisputed medical fact). I currently take 3 hypertension meds (an ARB, CCB and beta blocker) all at or near the max dose. I take my bp at least 3 times per day using a home machine that has been tested by my nephrologist for accuracy. When not using medical marijuana for 2 weeks, my average bp is: 145/92. Using medical marijuana 1xday in the evening, my average bp is: 130/82. The lowest readings are 1-2 hours after medical marijuana use. However, all daily readings are significantly lower.
Note 1: i understand that initial marijuana use usually increases bp (and hr). However, that effect is quickly diminishes. I have not tested this, as i was initially using the medical marijuana as a sleep aid/pain relief and therefore was not monitoring my bp with it's initial use.
Note 2: i have also read there is a 'rebound effect' where bp increases with cessation of medical marijuana use. Unfortunately, in the tests, the participants only abstained from medical marijuana for 2 days. My period of abstinence was 2 weeks. The 'rebound effect' diminished after 3-5 days in my case.
When marijuana is smoked the heart rate is elevated and blood pressure does indeed drop. However, because of the elevation in the heart rate, risk of a heart attack is increased. This is true of anything that increases heart rates (smoking tobacco, jogging, aerobic exercise, etc) , so the risks have more to do with smoking than the marijuana itself. Though it could be said that people sensitive to the effects of marijuana may find themselves with an elevated heart rate regardless of how it is consumed.
marijuana is confusing when it comes to blood pressure. This all depends on dosage, method of administration and others factors. Upon smoking, the blood pressure can temporarily increase for a short period, but with routine use, it can actually lower blood pressure. THC in marijuana relaxes the muscles, actually helping blood flow which can in fact reduce hypertension.
After 6 or 7 years of regular use -meaning every other day, at least- I've kept a relatively low blood pressure. I'm 5'10" and weigh 130-140 pounds and an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. My BP always comes down to 90/55 after half a joint. It once reached an all-time low of 82/49 after chain smoking about a 1/4 oz.
Does smoking pot lower BP? My BP was 162/92 before smoking 3 hits from a water pipe . About 5 minutes after smoking pot my BP was 127/82. Pot is a vasodilator, one type of med used to lower BP, and it also has a calming effect - both of which can lower BP. Pot does raise heart rate but so does sex. I'm currently investigating why my BP is high, thus the experiment, but it is not high from smoking pot.
I quit smoking a weeks ago to find a better job. I weekly check my Bp and after a week of not smoking my blood pressure rose 25 points. I thought my machine was malfunctioning until my wife tried it ... Now I have to decide more money for my family and take Bp medicine or smoke and lead a healthy life. Also I ride my bike 6mi a day ( Look out non random drug screening jobs, here I come!)
I'm in the hospital receiving my third round of 94 hrs of continuous chemotherapy to battle stage 4 Diffused Large B /Cell Lymphoma. I talked to my doctor about using cannabis for pain management and to help me sleep. He was not only accepting of it, but preferred this method over harsh pharmaceuticals. I am discrete, not because I don't want to share (ha) simply because it seems appropriate at this time and location.
My husband made some canna- rice crispy treats, and I ate a couple right before, probably 10 minutes before the NA came to do my vitals. When I was admitted this afternoon, before I ate my treats, I was 113 / something. Now I'm 91/67
So, I do think it does. Since this is my third cycle, my third hospitalization, I've been aware of this trend and been keeping mental notes. I Now I see that it is absolutely true. My blood pressure lowers, not that it needs to, when I eat cannabis.
I ran out of blood pressure meds. My blood pressure was 159/98, after using mariuana my blood pressure reduced dramatically to 128/84, so I know it works. I also have another occasion where i just routinely check my vidals. One of them was my blood pressure was 148/93 and then 130/81 afterwards. That's two reasons I know it works.
I was at a concert, and I smoked right before. I'm on a diet, so I hadn't been eating too much. I didn't drink enough water that day, too. I wS so excited for the concert, sat front row, and fainted twice. I didn't have a drop of alcohol all day. I've always had healthy/normal bp readings, but this time it was extremely low. I finally came to about fifteen minutes later, and was able to get my spot back in the front row :) I smoke occasionally, but have never fainted in my life. The paramedics concluded that smoking marijuana accounted for my low blood pressure, and I would agree.
At the suggestion of a friend I tried some marijuana, suffered a stroke in Nov of last year as a result I have to check bp twice a day, physician has me on bp meds (148/90), took a few puffs and did a check (108/65). Thought it a fluke, tried it again the next night to be sure 106/60, not to mention the great nights sleep I got, smoke it everyday now, bp is between 104 to 110...Conclusion ....It works and better yet no side effects.. My doctor is scratching her head, can't explain the drop in bp...No longer taking bp meds...Per doctor, not needed
I'm 50, a year ago I suffered massive aneurysms and was told it happened because of my blood pressure. After I got out of the hospital, I started smoking pot as an alternative to the terrible drugs I was being prescribed to regulate my blood pressure. Then afterwords I have had normal average bp's of 120 to 130 over 75 to 85, down from 130 to 190 over 85 to95. So since a year ago I smoke 3 or 4 times a day and my bp's have been normal and excellent.
Personally, when I smoke my blood pressure goes through the roof (160/100) so I stopped smoking completely. I already have high blood pressure even though I'm young and skinny! It probably just depends on an individual's unique response to marijuana. For some it lowers it, for others it may make blood pressure go crazy.
When marijuana is smoked it raises the blood pressure and heart rate. The risk of heart attack is increased. Although marijuana has been proven to have some health benefits, smoking it negates most of them. Much like tobacco itself is not harmful to the body, but smoking it is, smoking marijuana takes away any positive aspect of the plant itself.
I have never actually heard of marijuana lowering someone's blood pressure. I would actually think that it would raise someone's blood pressure because the effects of it can be similar to when a person smokes cigarettes and there is medical proof that that does raise a person's blood pressure. Although, I am ultimately unsure.
45 year old white male, 200 pounds, 5 foot 9. I started at 45 and have become a fairly heavy edible user. I take it for nerve pain and was taking way too much for about 4 months daily. (I was new and totally naive). I thought you had to get pretty high for it to work. I read that it increases bp (which I never even considered because I get so relaxed), And started monitoring it at home. In the past few days.
Repeatedly, My bottom number (diastolic - resting bp) jumps to the high 90s and even as high as 104, Three hours after swallowing the edible. But, This is the weird part. My systolic (top number) gets better and better. It's normally in the 130s and it goes as low as 111, Which is unheard of for me.
Some slight good news: When I breathe in super deep and slowly let it out, My diastolic goes back down to 86, From 104, While I'm high! But I can't keep breathing like this. It's untenable. And it's stressing me out.
I've been trying to dose it better. I've reduced to 15 mg right now, So I will knock it down to 5 and see if that makes any difference. If not, I won't be able to take it until I lose weight (which I'm working on), Or just when I'm feeling suicidal from the pain.
I have been smoking daily for almost 50 years (actually vaping for last few years) and Marijuana lowers my blood pressure dramatically (I can go from 170/100 to 120/70 in about 15 minutes! ) have tried almost very type of blood pressure med but bobbing works like marijuana for immediate lowering of the blood pressure spikes I get despite being on 3 meds to blood pressure control.
I think it varies between users, first time users might experience an increase in blood pressure while chronic users experience a decrease in blood pressure. It also depends on the dose, administration and posture, so it's not exactly black and white, the effects of marijuana on blood pressure are very complex.
My husband was just smoking and we checked his bp after he passed out and quit breathing. His bp was 170/120! We monitored his bp for the next 3 hours! He use to be a regular smoker, then he had 3 stents put in his heart after 100% blockage in his RCA and a heart attack!
If you keep smoking, you're an idiot! He found out the hard way!
Smoking marijuana does increase your heart rate, causes blood clots and can kill you!
I am also a former user and beg anyone that still smokes to PLEASE quit! It's not worth it!!!
Strange , I'm 28 and when I smoke pot my bp increases to about 140-150 and causes tightness in my chest .But when I smoke pure bho my bp actually drops a few points and takes away my chest pain. So I guess it depends on purity of product . As marijuana plant matter usually has some type of nasty on it from the growing or curing.Bho can be vac purged to take all the impurities so I feel if I can find the right bho ill be ok .
I'm in my 50's and eat a sliver of a weed treat to fight chronic pain and to sleep at night, so I only eat a little a couple hours before going to bed. Since I've been medicating with weed on a regular basis my pain is less and I sleep really well, but my blood pressure has been really high when before medicating with week II had normal blood pressure. I'm a bit concerned about this and wonder what the long term affect will be? I'm going to start a vigorous excersize program and see if that will help with the blood pressure. I excersize but not vigorously.