According to a report by the Austintown Police Department, earlier this month, a 22-year-old man made a 911 emergency call to report that he was “too high” after smoking “too much” weed. He pleaded for urgent assistance in his home.
In a recording of the 911 call uploaded online by WJW (Fox 8), the man can be heard telling the dispatcher in a worried and urgent tone that he “was feeling so high that he couldn’t feel anything.”
Detecting from his tone that the young man was distressed, the dispatcher tried to comfort and reassure him.
The young man told the dispatcher that no one in his house knew about his condition, but said that someone would let officers in and direct them to his room.
He thanked the operator before hanging up.
Dispatcher: “OK, what’d you take?”
Young man: “Weed.”
Dispatcher:”OK, we’ll send an EMS right over to check you out, OK?”
Young man: “OK. Thank you.”
KTLA reports that when police arrived on Friday, October 2, at about 5:20 p.m., at the residence of the unidentified young man who lives in his grandfather’s home in Austintown, Ohio, they were directed to a room upstairs where they found the man lying on the floor, moaning and curled up “in a fetal position” surrounded by “a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies.”
They young man told the officers that he had smoked the weed in his car. He handed them the keys to the car and told them he still had some marijuana left in the car. He pleaded with the officers to take it as “evidence” because he did not want it anymore.
He complained that he smoked so much weed that he was unable to feel his hands.
According to KTLA, when officers searched the car, they recovered a glass pipe with residues of marijuana, and two packs of rolling papers. They also found two half-smoked marijuana joints and a glass jar containing marijuana.
Police said the young man declined medical assistance and recovered on his own. But he now faces charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession under Ohio laws.
The effects the man experienced were due to overstimulation of his central nervous system by tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, an active component of marijuana. When taken in moderate amounts tetrahydrocannabinol stimulates the brain’s endocannabinoid system, enhancing appetite, memory, sensitivity to pain and emotions.
One of the best known effects of marijuana is the stimulation of appetite, known as the “munchies.”
Binging on snacks due to marijuana-induced “munchies” explains why officers found the young man surrounded by “a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies.”
Recently, researchers acquired some insight into how marijuana stimulates appetite.
Marijuana’s active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, inserts itself into the endocannabinoid system’s biochemical pathway and stimulates appetite by enhancing the function of the brain’s olfactory bulb. This increases the animal’s ability to smell food.
Increased olfactory function stimulates appetite and sensory perception of taste in animals.
“Our brains typically produce their own chemicals (called cannabinoids) that fit into these same receptors, so by mimicking their activity, THC can artificially alter the same factors in dramatic ways.”
However, excessive stimulation of the central nervous system could have unpleasant effects, such as decreased tactile sensitivity, which made the young man complain that he was unable to feel his hands.
The young man probably induced overstimulation by smoking weed in his car with the glass rolled up.
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