Here’s The List Of Everyone Who’s Ever Died From A Cannabis Overdose
As I’m sure you all know, yesterday was 4/20 (the international stoner’s holiday) and the internet was awash with weed-related news and information.
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But while this plant has time and time again been proven to have serious medicinal and mental benefits, for some reason our government presents it as the root of all evil. The media continues to publish stories about how marijuana and the psychoactive ingredient in it, THC, is a hazard to users’ health.
This is obviously an outrageous view to take when far more harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco are legal. To make this point even clearer, The Huffington Post decided to compile a list of everyone who has ever died solely as the result of a marijuana overdose. Before we go into this, bear in mind that according to the Office for National Statistics, in 2015 there were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths in the UK. That’s just in one year.
Comparatively, The Huffington Post discovered that there have been zero recorded incidences of anyone ever dying from a cannabis dose alone. So while there might have been instances of people choking on food or falling over and dying, no one has taken a fatal dose of weed. Ever.
In fact, this is seemingly impossible. Back in 1988, Judge Francis Young, who spoke in favour of changing the laws on marijuana, stated that it would take somewhere between 20,000-40,000 the amount of THC in a regular joint to even approach a lethal dose:
A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.
Meanwhile, a recent analysis on cannabis found this figure to be even higher, at an ounce and a half of pure THC, which I think you’ll agree would be impossible to ingest.
Now I’m not saying there are literally no dangers in smoking weed – but there are also many, many benefits and the risks are small and mostly only relevant if you’re smoking all day every day. When you compare them with the drugs that are legal, it makes absolutely no sense that weed is still not decriminalised.
So Theresa May, if you’re reading this, let’s make the UK a green country.