A mother claims marijuana killed her son by triggering a heart arrhythmia.
Michael Ziobro, 22, was found dead on his bedroom floor in New Jersey by his mother Kristina in April.
Paramedics attempted to revive him but he was already unresponsive, according to the medical marijuana report.
But his family believes he died from smoking marijuana because the medical examiner found traces of weed in his blood.
Now, Kristina and her husband Victor want everyone to know that marijuana with high levels of THC caused the condition that killed him.
‘It’s crazy. People think, “Oh, pot can’t hurt you. It’s natural”,’ said Kristina Ziobro, to NBC News.
The family from Springfield, New Jersey, is not convinced that there are no side effects to using medical marijuana.
A study published in February looked into if marijuana could increase risks of users developing conditions linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Researchers at Georgia State University analyzed 3,051 adults over the age of 20.
They studied the relationship between marijuana use and risk of metabolic syndromes such as heart disease and stroke.
‘Duration of marijuana use seems to be a significant factor associated with metabolic syndrome,’ the researchers said.
Adults in the study were classified as ‘regular marijuana users’ if they smoked or consumed marijuana at least once a month over the course of a year.
The researchers focused on symptoms such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high concentrations of fat in the blood and excess abdominal fat, which commonly lead to metabolic syndromes.
They found that people who use marijuana more than triple their risk of dying from high blood pressure than those that do not.
But the medical examiner who looked at Michael is not convinced that marijuana is