People usually believe that marijuana is the safest recreational drug on the market. Maybe it is safe when smoked, but we’re going to talk about Marijuana edible products which might trigger a heart attack in old adults, as it has already happened with one 7-year-old man who died after consuming a lollipop with cannabis.
“Marijuana can be a useful tool for many patients, especially for pain and nausea relief. At the same time, like all other medications, it does carry risks and side effects,” explained Alexandra Saunders, a researcher at the Dalhousie University, in Canada.
“The study, published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, examined the case of a patient who developed crushing chest pain and myocardial ischemia after consuming most of a marijuana lollipop. The inappropriate dosing and oral consumption of marijuana resulted in distress that caused a cardiac event and subsequent reduced cardiac function,” said Saunders, cited and edited by Times Now News.
Marijuana Edibles Might Trigger Heart Attack In Old Adults
The 70-year-old man in the before-mentioned case study was already suffering from stable coronary artery disease. The man was also taking the appropriate cardiac drugs on a regular basis. However, after consuming a lollipop rich in THC, the primary compound in marijuana (cannabis plants), to reduce pains, he succumbed due to a heart attack.
According to experts, marijuana edibles deliver a much more significant amount of THC into the bloodstream. Thus, it might cause a heart attack and, eventually, death. By comparison, a marijuana joint delivers about 7mg THC into the blood, while marijuana edibles release approximately 90mg of THC, a dose that might be lethal in the majority of individuals who already suffer from a sort of cardiovascular condition.
In conclusion, the doctors recommended patients to stick to smoking marijuana instead of marijuana edibles, to avoid the risk of suffering a heart attack, especially when they already have cardiovascular disease.
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