A 70-year-old man reportedly suffered a heart attack after scoring some nearly killer bud, according to a study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
The unnamed man ate 70mg of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, which triggered a traumatic hallucination. The average marijuana joint contains 7mg of THC, according to a Newsweek report of the story.
The victim — who’d reportedly tried marijuana earlier in his life — consumed the THC in the form of a lollipop. He’d never ingested cannabis in an edible form. The amount of marijuana in the lollipop was reportedly four times what the hospitalized man would have experienced in his youth.
“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 risk and side effects,” Canadian Prof. Alexandra Saunders said in a statement addressing the incident.
A second medical expert in Newsweek’s report noted that the man had a history of smoking cigarettes and may have suffered the heart attack regardless of whether or not he’d consumed THC.
Deaths caused by the drug are very rare at best.
In November 2017, an 11-month-old boy allegedly became the “first” fatality linked to marijuana use, according to a controversial report in the Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine.” Two Colorado medical experts claimed the boy died from the heart ailment myocarditis. Physicians have debated whether marijuana was clearly the cause of the baby’s death.
A 2017 report from the Drug Enforcement Agency stated, “No deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.”
The Canadian man who suffered the cardiac arrest reportedly took THC to ease pain from the joint disease osteoarthritis so he could sleep. Roughly half an hour after consuming the laced lollipop, the victim reported “fearful hallucinations” and began trembling and losing color. He was brought to an emergency room where he recovered and was released.