Marijuana and hyperthermia

Frank G. Walter, Tareg A. Bey, Diane S. Ruschke, Neal L. Benowitz

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Background: Animal and human laboratory studies suggest marijuana may cause hyperthermia. However, there are no clinical case reports of life-threatening hyperthermia associated with use of marijuana alone. Case Report: We report a patient who developed severe hyperthermia after smoking a marijuana cigarette and jogging on a warm day. He presented with delirium; hot, red, dry skin; and a rectal temperature of 41.7°C. Historical and laboratory data indicated he had used cannabinoids and no other drugs. This is the first report of life-threatening hyperthermia temporally associated with use of marijuana alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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