Cannabis dangers have long been recharged by moral crusaders and the crew of the war. But a new study shows that under proper circumstances, the pot can indeed cause serious health problems. According to the new document, a 70-year-old Canadian man with a pre-existing cardiovascular disease suffered a heart attack shortly after being treated with THC's ice cream.
The study was published this month in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. He describes a 70-year-old man with coronary artery disease, a condition where plaque build-up in the arteries narrows the flow of blood to the heart. At that time, the man was relatively stable for two years, and he took medications to manage his condition. Within 30 minutes of consuming marijuana, which he hoped would help him fall asleep, the man began to sweat heavily, white as a ghost, and suffered from chest pain. He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a heart attack. But as long as he was successfully treated, he did not escape unscathed – his heart function worsened afterwards, as well as his ability to exercise and perform daily activities. "Marijuana can be a useful tool for many patients, especially for pain and relief of nausea. At the same time, like all other medicines, it also has side effects and risks, "said study author Alexandra Saunders, a cardiologist and principal resident of the inner medicine at Dalhousie University in New Brunswick. For his doctors the man's heartbeat was like a perfect storm.
First, though in his youth he was a pot, lollipop is the first product of cannabis he has taken for a long time. This is important because many products now contain much more THC (the main ingredient responsible for psychoactive drugs) than decades ago. The inexperience of the man with the delayed effects of eating it makes him eat almost the whole thing, giving him a much higher dose of THC than people usually accept. And this higher dose, combined with a lack of tolerance, has led to suffering from terrible hallucinations that make it incredibly worrying. Then anxiety sent his unconscious cardiovascular system into overdrive, possibly causing a heart attack
. But the relationship between cannabis use and the risk of heart problems is rarely studied without clear conclusions. Two years ago, however, doctors published a controversial study of an 11-month-old boy who had died of heart disease after ingestion of cannabis. The case was highlighted as probably the first fatal overdose of cannabis ever documented. But doctors quickly clarified their findings by saying that they only found a connection that is worth exploring more, not conclusively proven, that the pot can kill (indirectly, the growing popularity of the drug may have caused a small but real increase of fatal road catastrophes
This is roughly the same as the researchers have done in the last case
. "The outcome of this case is important with the new legalization of marijuana – I hope that marijuana is no longer criminalization ana, more research on the cardiovascular system
While the US is slowly moving towards the legalization of cannabis at the state level, Canada fully legalize cannabis for recreational use last year.
[Canadian Journal of Cardiology via Elsevier]