Rare risk: Adolescent binging on marijuana linked to stroke


April 28, 2004
Health, Uncategorized

Looking for another reason to convince your teenager not to try marijuana? Teenage boys who infrequently use marijuana but occasionally binge on the drug may Researchers say the risk of stroke, while increased, remains extremely small. They examined the cases of three teenage boys who used occasionally marijuana and suffered strokes after consuming large doses. “The novice (marijuana user) may be at greater risk of stroke, especially if they use a lot at one time. It’s another reason not to start using marijuana.”From the Saint Louis University:Rare risk: Adolescent binging on marijuana linked to stroke

Research by Saint Louis University/SSM Cardinal Glennon doctor in ‘pediatrics’

Looking for another reason to convince your teenager not to try marijuana? Teenage boys who infrequently use marijuana but occasionally binge on the drug may face a greater risk of stroke than their peers, according to a study in Pediatrics by a Saint Louis University associate professor of neurology.

Thomas Geller, M.D., who also is a pediatric neurologist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children Hospital, said the risk of stroke, while increased, remains extremely small. He examined the cases of three teenage boys who used occasionally marijuana and suffered strokes after consuming large doses. “The novice (marijuana user) may be at greater risk of stroke, especially if they use a lot at one time. It’s another reason not to start using marijuana,” Dr. Geller says.

Strokes in children and teens are extremely rare, occurring in about six cases per 100,000 young people a year. When Saint Louis University doctors saw three cases of strokes in male adolescents during a five year period, they became suspicious, Dr. Geller says. All three teens had strokes in the cerebellar hemispheres of the brain. Two of the adolescents died.

“Here were teenagers binging on marijuana, some of whom are inexperienced. It sounds like the typical way many teens use it,” Dr. Geller says.

“Although reported strokes associated with marijuana use are few, marijuana use may represent a genuine risk factor for stroke, especially in the adolescent and particularly in the cerebellar circulation.”




Rare risk: Adolescent binging on marijuana linked to stroke

One Response to Rare risk: Adolescent binging on marijuana linked to stroke

  1. Anonymous March 26, 2007 at 7:38 am #

    My son was having health problems with apparently no explanation. He was having breathing problems and chestpain. We later found out he was using marijuana to get high with her friends. The doctor had mentioned to us that because of his reaction(s) to the drug, he may be at risk for a stroke if his use didn’t cease. Thank you for posting this article. All parents need to be aware of the dangers of recreational drug use. I had a difficult time pin-pointing what was going on. I ended up finding this website http://www.ismykidsmokingpot.com It seems to be up to date and has the terms and “lingo” that kids are using today when covertly discussing marijuana. All the signs I had already found were discussed. My suspisions were confirmed.

    Keep your kids off drugs…Mom64

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