MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you’re an aging baby boomer who thinks you can handle today’s potent marijuana “edibles,” the case of a man who had a heart attack after eating a pot lollipop should give you pause.
The 70-year-old patient had been taking heart medications and consumed roughly 90 milligrams (mg) of THC while trying to ease pain and aid sleep. That’s a far greater amount than the 7 mg of THC that is typically found in a single joint. THC is the ingredient in pot that makes you high.
A heart attack ensued after the man felt crushing chest pain and experienced a sudden reduction of blood flow to his heart, his Canadian doctors reported.
The patient survived, noted study author Dr. Alexandra Saunders. But, “we thought this case report was important to publish because it was about a person with known heart disease and risk factors for heart disease, which is an ever-growing part of our population,” Saunders said.
Although the man had smoked pot when he was young, average THC counts have since risen considerably. Nor had the patient understood that the effects of edibles kick in more slowly, are more powerful and last longer, noted Saunders, who is chief resident of the department of cardiology’s internal medicine program at Dalhousie University in Saint John, New Brunswick.
“What we presume about this event is that the intense stress caused from his fearful hallucinations caused him to have undue stress on his heart, making his heart beat faster and blood pressure go up in such a way that his coronary arteries were not able to meet the demand for blood supply,” Saunders explained.
THC-prompted blood vessel inflammation may also have played a role, though Saunders said this possibility requires more research.
That said, the