Journal of Forensic Toxicology & PharmacologyISSN: 2325-9841

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Editorial, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Smoking Marijuana. Is it Safe for the Heart?

Sotiris Athanaselis*, Stavroula Papadodima and Chara Spiliopoulou
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece
Corresponding author : Dr. Sotiris Athanaselis
Associate Professor of Toxicology, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicine, University of Athens, Greece
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: July 18, 2012 Accepted: July 19, 2012 Published: July 20, 2012
Citation: Athanaselis S, Papadodima S, Spiliopoulou C (2012) Smoking Marijuana. Is it Safe for the Heart? J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 1:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000e101

Abstract

Smoking Marijuana. Is it Safe for the Heart?

Different preparations of Cannabis sativa (commonly marijuana and hashish) are widely used mainly for their euphoric effects. Cannabis after alcohol consumption is by far the most commonly used recreational drug in Europe. About 20% of adults in the European Union (aged 15–64 years), over 62 million people, have tried cannabis at least once in their life [1]. Users and lay people believe that marijuana or hashish is safe. Many cases of cardiovascular events have, however, been related to a cannabis consumption [2-4], and cases of acute ischemia or thrombosis even on the ground of normal coronary arteries have been reported.

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