Posts Tagged ‘ischemia’

A seventy year old man, without cannabis experience, ate 90mg THC, or about 3-10 times the normal dosage, depending upon his body weight.  So, he got seriously buzzed and freaked out.  Panic attack!  It was THAT that caused tachycardia and likely constrictions in blood flow due to adrenaline and panic.  That’s all.  It’s disingenuous to declare the cannabis as causal, even though it indirectly may be.  The point is that cannabis does not cause cardiovascular problems, but panic attacks apparently do.  What if the guy saw something on television that freaked him out and caused a panic attack?  Would these “researchers” declare television to be dangerous to patients with cardiovascular disease?  Only if they had a hidden agenda.

Cannabis is generally relaxing, but blood pressure can be slightly raised while under its effects.  Research shows that cannabis is a vasodilator, if anything, so it should be beneficial to cardiovascular patients.  This paper implies otherwise, but did correctly state: “The patient’s cardiac event was likely triggered by unexpected strain on his body from anxiety and fearful hallucinations caused by the unusually large amount of THC he ingested. His sympathetic nervous system was stimulated, causing increased cardiac output with tachycardia, hypertension, and catecholamine (stress hormone) release. After the psychotropic effects of the drug wore off, and his hallucinations ended, his chest pain stopped.”  [emphasis mine]

So, this really has nothing to do with cannabis, but is about fear/panic, which could be caused by many different subjective experiences.  What if the man had eaten peanuts with dinner– would the researcher’s declare that he had a peanut allergy?  Remember– “correlation is not causality”.  Further, the paper talked about “…since the THC content of the substance had increased significantly from three percent to 12 percent.”  This meme is common to BULLSHIT papers which tout the “danger from increased potency cannabis”.  Increased potency simply means that less is needed.  Just as you don’t drink vodka by the pint, like you do beer, you don’t smoke an entire joint like people did 50 years ago.  One or two hits usually suffices, just like a shot of vodka, not a liter.  So, anytime the “increased potency” meme is used, it discredits the paper’s authors because it indicates either extreme naivete’ or an anti-cannabis agenda.