Did Cannabis Precipitate an STEMI in a Young Woman?

Waqas Jehangir, Michael Stanton, Rafay Khan, Puneet Sahgal, Abdalla Yousif


Cannabis is a substance that contains compounds that bind cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Cannabis also contains substances that do not bind these receptors. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound in cannabis responsible for its psychoactive effects and binding to cannabinoid receptors. Despite increasing popularity of the medical and recreational uses of cannabis, little attention has been paid to the adverse effects of the use of the substance. Evidence demonstrating an association between cannabis use and acute coronary syndromes has emerged with case reports and in vitro studies. This case report highlights an ST-segment myocardial infarction in a 27-year-old female with little cardiovascular risk factors, but a significant history of frequent cannabis use.

Cardiol Res. 2015;6(3):283-285
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14740/cr398w


Cannabis; Acute coronary syndrome; ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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