Proof from Duesseldorf forensics: Cannabis proved to be reason of death
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Forensics at Duesseldorf university hospital have found proof for the first time that two young men have died because of their use of cannabis. Obviousy they suffered from severe distortion of rhythm of the heart. On international basis this met big interest as it is getting involved into legalisation debates.
His girlfriend had found the young man dead in his appartement, at his side there stood an ashtray, cigarette papers and a plastic bag containing marihuana. The young man was built an athletic, at post-mortem no previous illnesses could be found out. After several examinations Duesseldorf uni-hospital forensics found in him as well as in another case of a 23 year old man a heart failure from consuming cannabis as the reason of deaths – a confirmation producing international attention.“From all we know,“ said Dr. Benno Hartung, forensic and co-author of the case study that was published on 'Forensic Science International, “these are the first cases that were worked upon with strictly up-to-date scientific standards“
Distortion of cardiac rhythm is only logical explanation
After post-mortem in both cases toxicologic, histologic, immunohistochemical and genetic examinations have been done. „ We don't know what is the reason of death with consuming cannabis. The only logical explanations is they get distortion of heart's rhythm“, the forensic emphasised. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]A different reason for this symptoms could not be found in the two 'healthyand young' men. The 23 year old man had an enlarged heart muscle that also might have caused the rhythm distortions. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]The forensics eliminated possible reasons for death step by step until there was nothing left than cardiac failure from consuming cannabis. [/FONT]
“[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Everything that can be done we did“ Hartung declared. Even the blood had been sent away to a Frankfurt special laboratory for so called 'tests for ion-channel distortion „[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]What we [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]were able to count out, we counted out.“[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Despite the scientifical evidence that consuming cannabis can have fatal effects Hartung emphasises: [/FONT]
“[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]It is a very rare incidence people develop heart rhythm distortion that would be fatal.“ [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]But it would show that this drug does not just have - as widely presumed – a euphorising effect without side-effects.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Despite having cleared these two ,the reason for death scientists are confronted with the question which consumers develop these heart rhythm distortions.There are only few, but up to now nobody actually knows about the parameters that trigger the heart rhythm failures.
„The problem is we aren't able to estimate who will be getting the heart rhythm failures. For now we think it theoretically could hit every consumer of cannabis, even if they have toked before without developing any symptoms.“ Hartung said.
How often and which amounts of cannabis have been consumed by these two ablebodied healthy men sadly is not known to the Duesseldorf forensics. Theyy were informed by police thatthey both were routined consumers.
Immense International Echoes
Reason for the Duesseldorf hunt for traces was a research paper from 2001 when a norwegian toxicologist examined several unsolved cases of death in her home country, in which she suspected consuming of cannabis as the reason. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Because she had not done complete examinations but only got blood and urine tested as well as having examined the heart, she had earned a lot of criticism. „“Everyone was like -[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]' this doesn't happen, you don't die from cannabis!'“ Hartung says. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]After all cannabis is proclaimed a soft and thereful harmless drug. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]In the following time the Duesseldorf institute collected their cases in which cannabis might have had played a role. Fifteen cases were sieved out by Hartung giving benefit to other drugs, underlying issues and later histological tests. Two cases remained which now were published in that scientifical magazine.
What hit Duesseldorf uncalled for are the international echoes the release of their case studies caused. Hartung got questions from as far as Great Britain and USA. „We were quite a bit astonished about the size of this“, the forensic said. He as a private person would take a neutral position, and he were neither for legalising it nor criminalisation. Also there were no financial interests involved which was held against him by drug-promoters , who bring forward that Duesseldorf study results could also be used to support pharma industry's sales in painkiller meds, because of cannabis being useful in pain management settings in some cases. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]The outcomes of the Duesseldorf study in many places hit into the middle of a legalisation debate. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]In Colorado as the first federal state of US lately legalised consuming and selling marihuana. Since the beginning of this year citizensabove the age of 21 can legally buy the drug in shops. In Great Britain in the beginning of february a case of death was led back to joints being present, which again rose critical voicesvoices that spoke of fearmongering.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Cannabis – Belittlers lose arguments
At least Cannabis-belitters have lost some of their best Arguments. „ In the past they said Cannabis couldn't do harm“ says Hartung in anticiption of a new political debate. Heightened bloodpressure, increased pulse rate and damage to the lungs from smoking were already known as risks. On top Cannabis could trigger an outbreak of a 'resting schizophrenia'.
But now promoters of it have to take the Dusseldorf evidence into account.
Cannabis can kill.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Source: Rheinische Post online // http://www.rp-online.de/leben/gesund...-aid-1.4061016 [/FONT]
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