New Canadian Study Links Cannabis Disorder to a Higher Risk of Adverse Cardiovascular Events.

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New Canadian Study Links Cannabis Disorder to a Higher Risk of Adverse Cardiovascular Events.

A Canadian study has found that cannabis use disorder (CUD) is linked to a 60% higher risk of adverse cardiovascular events. CUD affects 27%-34% of cannabis users worldwide and is a significant public health priority due to the lack of treatments and limited access to behavioral interventions. The study used health administrative databases from Alberta, Canada, and identified individuals with CUD using the Discharge Abstract Database, National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Alberta Practitioner Claims Database, Pharmaceutical Information Network, and Alberta Provincial Population Registry from 2012 to 2019. The primary outcome was incident CVD events, with individuals followed up until an incident CVD event, death, or December 31, 2019. The study found that CUD was significantly associated with a lower time to incident CVD events, with higher RRs associated with those without prescriptions, comorbidities, healthcare utilization in the past six months, and mental health comorbidities. In summary, the study found a 60% increased risk of CVD in adults with CUD. However, it should be noted that the link was not entirely established, and the study relied on the number of CUD diagnosis codes rather than the amount of cannabis used.

source: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20231002/Cannabis-use-disorder-linked-to-7e6025-higher-risk-of-adverse-cardiovascular-events-Canadian-study-finds.aspx

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