Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

It beats out cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, and more. It is a champion killer.

You’d be happy, then, if we told you your favorite medicinal product could double as a heart-disease fighter.

A new study out of Michigan State University suggests that marijuana could someday be used to help fight this dastardly malady.

Researchers looked at 1115 “recently active cannabis smokers” and 8041 non-smokers aged 20-59 and found that tokers had lower levels of “inflammatory markers” that are often linked to heart disease.

“This study’s … evidence points toward possible anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis smoking,” says a summary.

The paper was published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The academics, led by Omayma Alshaarawy and James C. Anthony of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Michigan State University, say more investigation needs to be done before we start recommending a healthy bag of weed for grandpa’s bad heart:

More definitive evidence can be derived by combining pre-clinical research, studies of patients, and epidemiological research approaches.

We’re looking forward to it.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He’s a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor’s recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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