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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Isolated diastolic hypertension?

11/14/2008

Question:

I`m 23 years old, recently quit smoking marijuana about 3 weeks ago. So decided to get a checkup since its been several years. I went in and my blood pressure was 160/90, but I was having really bad anxiety at the time. He advised to monitor it at home over the next week. So far its been anywhere from 109/92, 135/88, 124/84 which are a little more normal to upwards of 160/110 at different times. But the diastolic always seems to be higher even if the systolic is normal.

Should I be concerned?

Answer:

Thank you for your question. Actually there is no evidence of effects of marijuana on blood pressure, and no effect on diastolic blood pressure.

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Response by:

Ted   Parran, MD Ted Parran, MD
Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University