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Researchers Say Cannabis Lowers Blood Pressure in Older Adults

Researchers Say Cannabis Lowers Blood Pressure in Older Adults

February 10, 2021

Research News

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — A new study by researchers at BGU and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center found that medical cannabis might reduce blood pressure in older adults.

Dr. Ran Abuhasira

“Older adults are the fastest growing group of medical cannabis users, yet evidence on cardiovascular safety for this population is scarce,” wrote Dr. Ran Abuhasira of the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences, one of Israel’s leading medical faculties, and the BGU-Soroka Cannabis Clinical Research Institute. “This study is part of our ongoing effort to provide clinical research on the actual physiological effects of cannabis over time.”

One reason for the lower BP, the researchers wrote, might be because cannabis eases any pain symptoms they had.

“Cannabis research is in its early stages and BGU is at the forefront of evaluating clinical use based on scientific studies,” said Doug Seserman, chief executive officer of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “This new study is one of several that has been published recently by BGU on the medicinal benefits of cannabis.”

The full study was recently published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.

Read more in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution >>