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Can You Overdose On Marijuana?

Can You Overdose On Marijuana?

Fatal cannabis overdose in humans is a thing that simply doesn’t exist. The scarcity of cannabinoid receptors in the medullary nuclei (the part of the brain that controls respiratory and cardiovascular functions) is largely the reason why there have been no reports of fatal cannabis overdose in humans.

Nevertheless, heavy doses can produce certain unpleasant reactions. In some rare cases, moderate doses could result in acute panic reactions characterized by anxiety, paranoia, self-consciousness, loss of self-control, wild racing thoughts, and disorientation. Fortunately, these reactions tend to subside with a few hours with no medical treatment required. Sufferers need to be reassured that their pain or discomfort will be brief. More often than not, you’ll experience both pleasant and unpleasant episodes in alternating waves as thoughts ebb and flow.

Of course, panic reactions are most likely to occur in novice users who have tried excessive doses in unpleasant surroundings. First-time users should be especially careful and start out with small amounts of cannabis to allow themselves plenty of time to experience the drug comfortably.

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Occasionally, marijuana can produce physical symptoms that are quite unpleasant. For instance, some individuals have experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting all of which might be spurred by the mental anxiety incurred from a large dose. Some people actually experience these symptoms regularly almost like an allergic reaction.

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Frequently, however, adverse physical reactions result directly from an overdose. Heavy overdoses can be remarkably unpleasant and temporarily debilitating, but never fatal. Symptoms range from anxiety, panic, excitement, hallucinations, and a racing heartbeat at the beginning to immobility, torpor, and even unconsciousness after a while. Again, though, the effects are all temporary and tend to wear off after a few hours of sleep with no antidote or medication required.

Overdoses are less likely with inhaled marijuana than with oral ingestion, because smokers will be able to sense instantly when they have had enough or when the psychoactive content of the drug is too high. Occasionally smokers might step “one toke over the line” prior to sensing that they are too high and need to stop. Oral doses are harder to quantify because you can eat several “doses” of brownie and not feel any different until an hour or two later.

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Cannabis poisonings were considerably more common at the turn of the 20th century when medicinal preparations would be dispensed in potent tonics containing hundreds of doses per fluid ounce.

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5 thoughts on “Can You Overdose On Marijuana?

By Jughead on 4 January 2014

Robert, I believe you are spot on. The only way I could see someone overdosing would be from edibles or pharmaceutical marijuana (marinoff). I just read an article that said 37 people in Colorado died on the first day it was legalized for recreational use. Then they actually named a 29 year old victim, Jesse Bruce Pinkman, the guy from Breaking Bad. This is rediculous! It is crazy the lengths some people will go to. In the same article they also had a quote from the president of Molson Coors brewery that said, "Have you ever heard of someone overdosing on beer?". Well, yes, I have heard of people overdosing on beer.

By john knotts on 24 August 2015

Thanks for sharing this post. People suffer from this situation, they are not habitual to its use or by mistake consume more. This post is really helpful to the community.

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By james on 3 April 2016

Lord knows I love to get high, but few people seem to be aware of an illness that walks hand-in-hand with some veteran smokers known as Canabinoid Hyperamesis Syndrome....and believe me, it sucks! It involves a considerable amount of vomiting and cramping that tends to come and go in a cyclic pattern, usually costing you up to 10 pounds in weight loss per cycle and often lasting up to a week before residing. I have been dealing with this illness for almost 20 years now(I have been smoking for 43 years ), having already spent a small fortune in medical costs on doctors and what not in that time, often leaving them scratching their heads in wonderment because so few are aware of this illness to date. I first started to experience the symptoms at least 7 years before a prognosis was developed in 2004. This problem needs to be addressed more openly to heavy users! And although they now have reliefs purchasable over the counter, I have yet to try any to see if they actually do work. In the mean time, the only way that I know of to help you to get over it is to stop, at least until you can pass a pee-test. I did so and the problems ceased for several years, but eventually they returned in the same fashion once my system reached toxic levels again. After all, today's weed is much more bad-ass than I started out on in the 70's!

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