People frequently use marijuana recreationally, but they may not think about the risks associated with it. So, can marijuana lower blood pressure?People might think marijuana can lower blood pressure because it relieves stress and anxiety, at least temporarily, but research shows that marijuana doesn’t necessarily lower blood pressure and can, in fact, do quite the opposite.A study was recently released, and according to the results of that study, marijuana users had three times higher chances of dying from hypertension as compared to non-marijuana users, but the study did have certain limitations.One of the limitations was the fact that the study defined users as anyone who had used marijuana at any point. This study was also observational in its design, so the researchers were asking questions to participants and then following them over a period of time, so even though there might have been certain information might have been derived from the study, a casual link can’t be established.Another reason this particular study looking at marijuana and blood pressure had limitations was because of the unregulated nature of marijuana in the U.S. Since marijuana isn’t currently regulated in most of the country, there are many different types and strains, and they can have very different effects on the body.Despite the possible ineffectiveness of using this study as a way to draw conclusions about marijuana and blood pressure, there is some other research that shows marijuana may have potentially detrimental effects on heart health, and there may be more room to look more specifically at how marijuana and blood pressure can be related to one another.What about in the short-term? Can marijuana lower blood pressure? What are the different relationships between marijuana and blood pressure in the long-term versus the short-term?This is another area where there’s likely to be a lot more research, but scientists do currently know that right after consuming marijuana users will typically have an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and then shortly after that their blood pressure typically decreases.Over the long-term, there is some research showing that the use of cannabis may help people maintain lower blood pressure levels. One of the possible reasons that marijuana could lower blood pressure is because certain components of the substance may have the ability to relax blood vessels which would promote better blood flow, and therefore lower blood pressure.Right now it’s difficult to see a complete link between marijuana and blood pressure not only because there’s limited research, but also because of the unregulated use of marijuana, and the combining of marijuana with other substances such as alcohol.