A marijuana study that was published on Wednesday is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. The study, done by a doctoral student of epidemiology and biostatistics at Georgia State University, claims marijuana users are three times as likely to die from high blood pressure. The reason it’s such a bad study is that anyone who had ever used marijuana in their entire life was labeled a “marijuana user.”

“Steps are being taken towards legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana in the United States, and rates of recreational marijuana use may increase substantially as a result,” lead author Barbara A Yankey said in a statement. “However, there is little research on the impact of marijuana use on cardiovascular and cerebrovascular mortality.”

It would seem there is still little research on this, because Yankey’s study does not address this issue. It is frankly mind blowing that you can get a study published where someone who has smoked marijuana once is considered a marijuana user. That’s like saying I’m going to die from my cigar habit, even though I’ve smoked like 10 cigars in my whole life. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of bad marijuana studies, and this is just the latest one.

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