During the late ’70s a study by J.C. Merritt detailed the relationship between blood pressure and marijuana, and how the plant can help those with elevated levels, especially patients who are hypertensive. The study explained that the cannabis component Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol was able to lower blood pressure in subjects and it consistently made them feel better within 3.5 hours of use.
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Studies during the ’90s were lacking due to the federal strict guidelines regarding studying cannabis and its properties, leading to an abandonment of a promising experiment that would have benefited a large portion of the population. These strict federal guidelines have affected recent researches as well, most recently in 2013.
The sad part is that cannabis treatment for hypertension still hasn’t been developed, even though the disease is a prominent problem within the US, where 29 percent of Americans currently struggle with the symptoms and fallout. The current treatment options are expensive and amount to billions of dollars for people who have no other choice, and have debilitating side effects.