Potent marijuana edibles can pose a major unrecognized risk to patients with cardiovascular disease

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Philadelphia, February 11, 2019 – As marijuana legalization sweeps North America, use of the substance has been on the rise, and the public’s attitude is shifting. An increasing number of people believe that “weed” is the safest recreational drug, one that carries health benefits that outweigh its risks. Those assumptions are challenged in an article and editorial published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology that examine the story of a patient who developed crushing chest pain and myocardial ischemia after consuming most of a marijuana lollipop.

“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. In a recent case, inappropriate dosing and oral consumption of marijuana by an older patient with stable cardiovascular disease resulted in distress that caused a cardiac event and subsequent reduced cardiac function,” said Alexandra Saunders, MD, Dalhousie University, Internal Medicine Program and Horizon Health Network’s Department of Cardiology, Saint John, NB, Canada.

The case report describes a 70-year-old man with stable coronary artery disease, taking the appropriate cardiac medications, who ate most

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