Synthetic cannabinoids up MI risk

Synthetic cannabinoids may have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system but there’s little data or testing to show for it, say doctors from the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

Their case report in the Internal Medicine Journal documented a 45-year-old man with untreated hypertension but no history of coronary heart disease who collapsed with cardiac arrest after weeks of taking the “black widow” synthetic cannabinoid.

During post-mortem examination, the doctors discovered the left anterior descending coronary

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