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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Isolated diastolic hypertension?
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?
Thank you for your question. Actually there is no evidence of effects of marijuana on blood pressure, and no effect on diastolic blood pressure.
Ted Parran, MD
Associate Professor of General Medical Sciences
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University