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Ringing ears, blacking out, falling, sugar craving, family history of heart problems, taking marijuana

Hi Doc , I m 22, Male, and an avid marijuana smoker. Last week, something happened to me for the second time so far. I smoked , and a bit later, ears started ringing, felt like I got way higher, and scrambled for sugar/drink of any sort, and ended up blacking out and falling over and was moaning or something for about 15-20 seconds then came to, and felt completely fine, but was not feeling the effects of the drug anymore at all. I was extremely tired, hadn t eaten almost anything since work the night before (overnights) except for some mcdonalds at like 3am. This occurred at about 1pm the next day after coming home from a funeral. This oddly happened 1-2 years ago on the exact same date. I am reasonably overweight , but do work a job where I get pretty good activity etc. I also eat pretty horribly. (fast food, not alot of fruit, etc). I m wondering if what I had was a result of low blood pressure ....being too tired...or related to a heart problem, etc. There are a few heart problems on my dad s side of the family and have been kind of paranoid the last couple days because of it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I was always told marijuana was relativity harmless, and the increased heart rate you encounter was equal to that of a brisk walk around the block and wouldnt be a threat to a reasonably healthy individual. I also had a checkup in november 2011 and everything was pretty ok. I had a diabetes check about 5 years ago and my iron levels etc were perfect.
Asked On : Tue, 8 May 2012
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Addiction Medicine Specialist 's  Response

What happened was most likely due to the effects of marijuana coupled with being stressed out and low sugar levels. However I would like you to know that marijuana is not harmless. It is well known that it increases the risk of developing psychosis and anxiety disorders, bronchitis and even death due to brain stroke. People who start heavy use of marijuana at a young age are liable to an increased risk of developing psychosis later in life. Please take better care of your health. At present, you need not worry about a serios heart disease.

Best wishes!
Answered: Tue, 13 Aug 2013
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