Can you overdose from smoking marijuana?
#101217. Asked by narex3. (Nov 23 08 5:08 AM)
Depends on who is talking and how they define or use the word "overdose." Per Dr. Lester Grinspoon, Dr. Ethan Russo, Mary Lynn Mathre, RN, and Dr. Tod Mikuriya:|
These experts cited conclusive research showing that marijuana does not shut down respiration, heartbeat, or other vital life-giving processes. In fact, marijuana has not even been shown to lead directly to unconsciousness or coma, no matter how much marijuana is ingested. Two thousand years of legitimate medical history contain no references to any deaths attributable to marijuana toxicity.
Eating marijuana produces effects that differ from smoking marijuana because eaten marijuana is processed through the liver, where it is metabolized into a form of THC that is more powerful and long-lasting than THC ingested via smoked marijuana...Which in my opinion, would bring you a bit closer to a potential overdose.
The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). THC initiates a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the high that users experience when they smoke marijuana. Users often experience loss of willpower and motivation and may have problems with memory and learning, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination, anxiety, and panic attacks. It is possible to overdose on marijuana, and the overdose symptoms include fatigue, lack of coordination, paranoia, and possible psychosis.
The term drug overdose (or simply overdose or OD) describes the ingestion or application of a drug or other substance in quantities greater than are recommended or generally practiced. An overdose is widely considered harmful and dangerous as it can result in death.