New Solution for THC Cardiovascular Issues — Soy!
A new Stanford University study reveals that cannabis enthusiasts who use the plant more than once per month have a higher risk of heart problems, such as heart disease and heart attack.
Some 500,000 people from the UK Biobank project who participated in the study were deemed at a greater risk of CVD events if they smoked cannabis regularly.
The results, published in the journal Cell, were adjusted for age, gender, and bodyweight differences. Data also showed an increased risk of experiencing heart attack under 50 years of age in regular marijuana users.
Researchers immediately had their suspect — tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of weed. In studies done on mice, THC substance contributed to inflammation of the cells lining the interior of blood vessels and the heart itself (endothelial cells).
Given that blood vessel inflammation is what kick-starts the process of atherosclerosis and causes cardiovascular accidents (strokes and heart attacks). So, should you stop getting your daily high?
Luckily, No! Research has already found the antidote to THC in blood vessels — genistein.
Genistein is a substance found in soy products. And although more research is needed, available scientific evidence shows that this molecule can block the adverse effects of THC on the endothelial lining of blood vessels.
The best part is that it won’t mess up your high! The molecule doesn’t access the brain.
Moreover, other cannabis compounds like CBD and terpenes counter the inflammatory effects of THC. For example, CBD (cannabidiol) battles inflammation and pain.