Marijuana (also known as cannabis, weed, pot, grass, MJ, or dope) is used for recreational and medicinal purposes. It is the most abused drug in the U.S., especially among the younger population, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The main ingredient in this Schedule 1 drug is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. It can be smoked or ingested . Smoking marijuana causes faster, more predictable effects while eating pot relays slower and less predictable effects. Overall, modern marijuana is considered to be more potent than it was 20 years ago, which can lead to accidental overdoses.

Additionally, “dabbing” is a new form of marijuana use that consists of smoking resins that contain high levels of THC. Dabbing is a dangerous practice and may be responsible for rising emergency department visits due to marijuana use. Check our dosing guide her.

An overdose on marijuana is dissimilar to overdoses on other drugs because marijuana consumption, in and of itself, is not life-threatening. But using too much of the drug can have hazardous results, which may increase the risk of death.

For instance, someone who consumed a lot of marijuana may be unaware of his or her environment, which can lead to accidents or falls. Furthermore, marijuana intoxication has been linked, in some studies, with psychosis, a condition in which the individual is disconnected with reality, typically resulting in hallucinations, delusions, or extreme paranoia. A person who is having a psychotic episode may put him or herself in dangerous situations due to confusion or detachment.

Another factor that can lead to overdose is mixing drugs. When buying marijuana on the street, you never know what it could be laced with. Dealers have been known to lace marijuana with other drugs, such as PCP, crack, or cocaine, without informing the buyer.

Further, some users may intentionally mix marijuana with other drugs to enhance the high. This practice also increases the risk of adverse effects and overdose.





If too much marijuana is taken, overdosing is possible but it is unlikely. Massive amounts of the drug are needed to overdose. In such a case, that means 40,000 times the amount of THC would be needed dose necessary for a fatal overdose of marijuana. So, if three puffs of weed gets a person high, then 120,000 puffs would be a fatal dose for them.

Some signs of a marijuana overdose or excessive consumption may include:

  • Rapid heart rate, increasing the risk of heart attack.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Mental confusion.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Extreme paranoia.

If the marijuana is laced with other drugs, some common adverse effects can include seizures, strokes, or irregular heartbeats.



MEDICAL-MARIJUANA-CANNABIS-OVERDOSE-MMJDOCTOR   Of course, a person doesn’t typically try marijuana for the first time and immediately overdose. Usually, people move from casual marijuana use to marijuana abuse, where they may exhibit addiction-like behaviors around the drug. This is often characterized by compulsive use despite negative consequences and the inability to control their use despite frequent efforts to quit or cut down.

The biggest reason people get hooked is because of the increased pleasure and other side effects of marijuana intoxication, which results from the THC in marijuana attaching to specific brain receptors.

Common signs of marijuana abuse or into
xication include:

  • Euphoria.
  • Distorted perception.
  • Inappropriate and excessive laughter.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Anxiety.
  • Altered sense of time.
  • Mood changes.
  • Feelings of relaxation.
  • Impaired cognition.
  • Problems with memory.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Increased appetite.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Blood shot eyes.
  • Coughing due to lung irritation.

Some signs of problematic marijuana use include:


  • Using larger amounts of marijuana than was intended.
  • Spending an inordinate amount of time getting and using marijuana or recovering from intoxication.
  • Strong cravings to use marijuana.
  • Failing to fulfill school, home, or work obligations.
  • Continuing to use marijuana despite harmful consequences, such as interpersonal, psychological, or physical problems.
  • Prioritizing marijuana use over previously enjoyed hobbies and activities.
  • Using marijuana in dangerous situations, such as driving.
  • Requiring increased amounts of marijuana to achieve desired effects.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped.



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