At one in the morning on October 11th, a Thai-Russian interpreter called Sawang Boriboon rescue personnel to report that two Russian tourists looked to be having a panic attack. After consuming a cake that had cannabis-infused ingredients, the couple experienced respiratory problems, the interpreter reported.
A rescue team was dispatched right away to the couple’s hotel on Jomtien Second Road in the Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung district, Chonburi province. At the scene, they discovered the visitors, whose names were withheld from the media. Through an interpreter, they told how their hearts were racing, they felt as though time had stopped, and how their limbs were becoming weak. It wasn’t known if the pair had ever used marijuana or how much they smoked.
The rescue team opted to take the couple to a hospital after realizing the gravity of the situation. The Russian vacationers, however, abruptly grew angry during passage for an unclear reason. By shouting and banging on the ambulance door, they angrily ordered the crew to stop.
In order to allow the couple out and notify the Pattaya Police Station, the rescue squad pulled the car over to the side of the road. The police officers tried to reassure the two visitors and persuade them to go to the hospital for treatment as soon as they arrived on the scene. They objected anyway, but they did not say just why. The police officers arranged for their transfer back to the hotel after that.
Thailand decriminalized cannabis in 2022, but there has been ongoing discussion over it ever since, particularly with regard to recreational use.