Cannabis induced asystole

J Electrocardiol. 2016 Jan-Feb;49(1):15-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2015.10.003. Epub 2015 Oct 13.


Cannabis or marijuana is the most used recreational, and until recently illegal, drug in the United States. Although cannabis has medicinal use, its consumption has been linked to motor vehicle accidents in dose dependent fashion. Marijuana and other cannabinoids produce a multitude of effects on the human body that may result in these motor vehicle accidents. Some of the effects that marijuana has been known to cause include altered sensorium, diminished reflexes, and increased vagal tone. We present a case of cannabis induced asystole from hypervagotonia.

Keywords: Asystole; Cannabis; Side effects.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bradycardia / diagnosis
  • Bradycardia / etiology*
  • Cannabis / poisoning*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Electrocardiography / methods
  • Heart Arrest / diagnosis*
  • Heart Arrest / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Syncope / diagnosis*
  • Syncope / etiology*