Misconception: Cannabis can kill you
No, cannabis cannot kill you. The Drug Enforcement Administration stated, “No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.” It takes 20-40,000 times the amount of cannabis consumed in order to overdose. If you do the math, that’s over 100,000 hits of a blunt in one sitting! That’s more than most people will smoke in a lifetime! There have been more deaths reported involving consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and even caffeine.
The truth is, it is likely impossible to overdose from ingesting cannabis. Science has proven cannabis is not a primary cause of death. Ingesting the psychoactive component of cannabis can be sedative and its impairment can cause incidents that lead to death. Additionally, smoking cannabis with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions can cause complications and death. In many cases, the use of cannabis was mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or opioids where death occurred.
In reality, the negative connotation of cannabis and death, cannot be more far apart. People all over the world have been using it for its medicinal properties. It is time to face the facts and most importantly understand them. There is a lot more to the cannabis plant than we currently know and as new found information surfaces, it is important to keep an open mind to the changes. Much can be gained if we took the time to understand. Knowledge is power!