Four cases of suspected marijuana overdose have been reported to medical facilities in Thailand’s capital
Bangkok’s new governor Chadchart Sittipunt said four marijuana users have been admitted to hospitals run by the capital’s administration with suspected overdoses since the decriminalization of cannabis on June 9, the Nation reported. This rate of hospitalization had never been seen before the legalization of pot, the capital’s governor said.
In the first case, a 51-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after he developed chest pains while smoking marijuana. He later died of what doctors diagnosed as cardiac arrest and heart failure.
According to research by Harvard Medical School, the risk of a heart attack in people with cardiovascular disease increases several times an hour after smoking marijuana.
In the second case, a 16-year-old was diagnosed with symptoms of a marijuana overdose. The youngster was placed on a ventilator in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Chadchart said that in two other cases, patients aged 17 and 25 were admitted to the hospital after they started experiencing rapid heartbeat after a session of smoking cannabis.
“The Bangkok administration’s medical services department has never come across such cases before,” Chadchart said. The medical department will join forces with the health and education departments to educate people about the dangers of overdosing with decriminalized marijuana, the newly elected governor of Thailand’s capital added.
Chadchart stressed that overdose can also occur when cannabis is consumed in foodstuffs.
The governor promised that the capital’s administration would monitor the situation and impose a ban on cannabis use in schools. It will also educate students and teachers about the dangers, ensuring that the sale of cannabis is banned in schools.
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