A Russian couple suffered an alleged panic attack this morning after claiming to have consumed a cannabis-infused cake in Pattaya. However, they refused to be taken to a hospital.
Sawang Boriboon rescue workers received a call from a Thai-Russian interpreter at 1 AM today, October 11th, reporting that there were two Russian tourists suffering from what appeared to be a panic attack. The couple suffered breathing difficulties after eating a cake mixed with cannabis, according to the interpreter.
A life-saving team promptly travelled to a hotel on Jomtien Second Road in the Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung district, Chonburi province, where the couple was accommodated. They found the tourists, whose names were not reported to the press, at the scene, and through an interpreter they described feeling weakness in their limbs, racing hearts, and felt as if time had slowed to a crawl. It was unclear if the couple had ever tried cannabis before or how much they consumed.
Recognizing the severity of the situation, the rescue team decided to transport the couple to a hospital. However, during transit, the Russian tourists suddenly became agitated for unknown reasons. They vehemently signaled the team to pull over, shouting and pounding on the ambulance door.
Consequently, the rescue team parked the vehicle by the side of the road, let the couple out, and notified the Pattaya Police Station. When the police officers arrived at the scene, they attempted to calm down the two tourists and convince them to go to the hospital for treatment. Nevertheless, they refused to go but would not describe their exact reasons. The police officers then arranged for their return to the hotel.
Cannabis was decriminalized in Thailand in 2022 but has remained a subject of debate ever since, especially concerning its recreational use.
Just one day before (October 10th), an Israeli tourist made a scene at Walking Street in Pattaya and blamed the incident on smoking cannabis. The man confessed to smoking cannabis to reduce stress he claimed was caused by the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. He also shoplifted at a convenience store, which he also blamed on cannabis, and was consequently arrested and charged.
TPN notes that there appears to be no scientific evidence that cannabis use causes one to shoplift.