After British woman apparently dies of cannabis overdose, doctors dispute whether cannabis really can kill.
Marijuana experts have accused a British coroner of blowing smoke, following the ruling of a death apparently caused by cannabis overdose. According to the official coroner’s verdict, 31-year-old Gemma Moss died as a direct result of smoking half a marijuana joint, which resulted in ‘cannabis poisoning’.
A number of newspapers including the Mirror and the Telegraph reported stated that coroner Sheriff Payne confirmed a moderate level of marijuana in her system, which led to the ruling of ‘cannabis toxicity’ as the cause of death.
If accurate, it would be the first recorded case of a British woman dying as a result of marijuana overdose.
The postmortem could find no natural cause for her death, with the balance of probability that it is more likely than not that she died from the effects of cannabis,” the Telegraph quoted Payne.
Unconvinced however, the New York Daily News contacted various doctors across the New York region to find out whether it really is possible for someone to die from marijuana overdose.
The feedback seemed relatively unanimous.
Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, a hospitalist at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Dr. Yasmin Hurd, professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, agreed that it is virtually impossible.
“From half a joint? That’s ridiculous,” Dr. Yasmin Hurd of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai told the NYDN.
“It would be very, very, very unlikely to get a lethal dose of the marijuana if wasn’t adulterated with something,” added Lenox Hill Hospital’s Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, suggesting that dying from pot smoking would only be possible if it was laced with harder drugs.
The doctors contacted by the NYDN all agreed that the effects of marijuana could trigger a fatal attack in conjunction with an underlying health condition like heart disease. In all such cases however, it would be the condition that was ultimately responsible for the death – not the marijuana.
“It’s been proven impossible. It flies in the face of decades and decades of medical research,” insisted the Marijuana Policy Project’s director of communications Mason Tvert.
“You would need to literally consume a third of your body weight in marijuana,”
“There are no acute marijuana deaths.”