24 Feb Case Reports Link Marijuana With Increased Stroke Risk
MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Hackam: Stroke is thought to be related to marijuana use; however, this belief rests largely on case reports. These case reports have never been
evaluated by causality criteria. After performing such an analysis, I
showed that many case reports meet stringent causality criteria, and
therefore stroke is more likely to result from marijuana use.
MedicalResearch: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Hackam: Stroke is related to marijuana consumption. After an index stroke, consuming marijuana again is linked to recurrent stroke.
MedicalResearch: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Hackam: We badly need a large, prospective observational study to test the association of marijuana use with stroke.
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Daniel G. Hackam, MD, PhD, FRCPC (2015). Case Reports Link Marijuana With Increased Stroke Risk