It can be said that cannabis danger has long been exterminated by moral crusaders and war on drugs team. However, a new case study shows that, in the right circumstances, the cup can actually cause serious health problems. According to the new document, a 70-year-old Canadian man with cardiovascular disease soon had a heart attack after treatment with THC lollipop.
The study was published this month in the Canadian Cardiology Journal. It describes in detail the 70-year-old man with coronary artery disease, a condition where the accumulation of arterial plaques narrows blood flow to the heart. At that time, the man was fairly stable for two years and took medication to control his condition.
But within 30 minutes of using the "marijuana candy" he hoped he could fall asleep, but the man began to sweat heavily, becoming white as a ghost and experiencing chest pain. He was hospitalized and diagnosed with a heart attack. However, while he was successfully treated, he did not avoid any inconvenience – after which his heart function deteriorated, as well as his ability to perform and perform daily activities
"Marijuana can be a useful tool for many patients, especially for pain and nausea. At the same time, like all other medicines, it has a risk and side effect, ”said author Alexander Saunders, a cardiologist and senior resident in the internal medicine program at Dalhousie University in New Brunswick,
. For his doctors, a human heart attack was something of a perfect storm.
For one, although he was wearing a pot in his youth, he was the first cannabis product he used for a long time. This is important because many products now have much more THC (the main component of the psychoactive substance) than decades ago. Man's inexperience due to delayed eating effects has also led him to consume almost the whole thing, giving him a much higher dose of THC than people who are usually consuming. And this higher dose, along with the lack of tolerance, allowed him to experience fearful hallucinations that he was very concerned about. Then anxiety has already sent its fragile cardiovascular system to an excessive risk that can cause a heart attack
Furthermore, it is known that the effect of cannabis on the anxiety effect affects the cardiovascular system. However, the relationship between cannabis use and the risk of heart problems has rarely been studied without clear conclusions. Two years ago, doctors published a controversial case study of a 11-month-old boy who died of heart disease after ingestion of cannabis. This case was mentioned as possibly the first lethal overdose of cannabis ever documented. However, doctors soon explained their findings, saying they only found more information worth knowing instead of finally demonstrating that the pot could be killed (indirectly, increasing drug popularity probably caused a small but real increase in fatal accidents)
is the same thing that researchers take in the last case study.
"The outcome of this case is important for the new legalization of marijuana – I hope that the use of marijuana will no longer be penalized, more research on the cardiovascular system" will have side effects, "they wrote.
Although the US has been slowly targeting cannabis legalization at the state level, Canada has completely legalized cannabis use last year.
[Canadian Journal of Cardiology via Elsevier]