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Marijuana Overdose

Marijuana is the most widely used drug in United States and is equally popular among teens and adults. Unlike popular beliefs, marijuana is an addictive substance that is injurious to health. It is pretty much possible to overdose on marijuana. With its legalization in certain states, its use has further increased accompanied by the risks and dangers associated with it.

The other common names given to marijuana include:

  • Weed
  • Cannabis
  • Ganja
  • J
  • Pot
  • Hash
  • Dope
Marijuana Overdose

Table of Contents:

  • 1.How is marijuana consumed?
  • 2.Is it possible to overdose on marijuana?
  • 3.Consuming how much marijuana can result into an overdose?
  • 4.What are the signs and symptoms of marijuana overdose?
  • 5.What are the risk factors for marijuana overdose?
  • 6.How to deal with a marijuana overdose?
  • 7.How to prevent a marijuana overdose?

How is marijuana consumed?

Marijuana can be consumed in a number of ways such as:

  • Smoking it by filling it in cigarettes or joints or by using pipes
  • Swallowing solid marijuana bars
  • Using vaporizers that collect the main chemical, THC, from marijuana smoke and keep the user from inhaling harmful smoke
  • Eating edibles containing marijuana such as cakes, cookies, candies etc
  • Using THC rich resins extracted from marijuana plant. This practice is termed as dabbing and it can be very harmful.

Is it possible to overdose on marijuana?

If the word ‘overdose’ is taken in the sense of taking excessive drug and die, then no it is highly unlikely to die from marijuana overdose. However, when the drug is taken in excessive quantities, a number of adverse side effects are produced by it such as severe panic attacks and psychosis. Due to the severe psychotic symptoms produced by marijuana overdose, people are at a risk of harming themselves. Marijuana overdose affects judgment, coordination and perception of the things around so driving and walking in a crowded place while being high on marijuana can have serious consequences.

Consuming how much marijuana can result into an overdose?

There is not any certain amount that can be established as an upper limit for marijuana use. The amount that can result into an overdose is different for different people. Some people have low tolerance level so even small amount can trigger severe reactions. Other factors that determine how much marijuana is too much for a person include:

  • Age and weight of the person
  • Whether or not the person suffers from some medical condition
  • Whether the person is a new user
  • Whether the person takes some other drugs
  • Whether the drug was taken in combination with other drugs

What are the signs and symptoms of marijuana overdose?

 

There is not any certain amount that can be established as an upper limit for marijuana use. The amount that can result into an overdose is different for different people. Some people have low tolerance level so even small amount can trigger severe reactions. Other factors that determine how much marijuana is too much for a person include:

  • Extreme anxiety/ Panic attack
  • Paranoia
  • Delusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorientation
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Chest pain and even heart attack in some case
  • Involuntary tremors
  • Seizures
  • Pale eyes and skin
  • Unresponsiveness
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Dilated pupils
  • Nausea/ Vomiting

Overdose symptoms resulted due to excessive smoking of marijuana may last up to 1-3 hours while overdose caused by consuming marijuana edibles can last up to several hours. If these symptoms do not seem to get better with time and the condition of the patient worsens, immediate medical help should be provided.

What are the risk factors for marijuana overdose?

Consuming so much marijuana at once greatly increases the risk for overdose. Other reasons that may further increase the risk include:

  • Polysubstance use like combining other drugs and alcohol with marijuana to achieve a better high greatly increases the risk of overdosing and death. Combining marijuana with alcohol is particularly more dangerous.
  • Having some medical condition like heart problems, asthma.
  • Using marijuana combined with prescription drugs
  • Having low tolerance levels and being inexperienced

How to deal with a marijuana overdose?

Marijuana overdose can prove to be a very serious condition in some cases. If it is so, immediate medical help should be provided to the patient by calling 911 or by taking the patient to the nearest hospital. While waiting for emergency care services, measure should be taken to calm the patient down and improve his condition such as:

  • Make sure patient is breathing properly
  • If the patient seems to respire at dangerously low levels, perform a CPR
  • Try to calm the patient down by offering water and regulating room temperature
  • Keep the sharp objects out of reach of patient

After the provision of emergency care, there might be a need to take the patient to the hospital to treat with a sedative, breathing support, intravenous fluids and other medications to alleviate the symptoms.

How to prevent a marijuana overdose?

The chance of overdosing is an inevitable part of using any drug. The only way to eliminate the chance by 100% is to stop taking the drug. Rehabilitation centers and treatment programs can be helpful in this regard. Other than this, taking precautionary measures can help reduce the chances such as:

  • Making marijuana use less frequent
  • Avoid taking high amounts of marijuana
  • Avoid taking marijuana in combination with other drugs
  • Avoid taking high amounts of marijuana at once after quitting it for a while
  • Drinking ample amount of water
  • Having a knowledge about the drug, its side effects and its overdose symptoms
  • Not taking marijuana if there is a pre existing medical condition
  • Seeking proper treatment for marijuana addiction

Emergency room visits involving marijuana abuse are increasing steadily in United States. There is a huge number of marijuana users in United States, most of which are teenagers. There is a need to spread awareness regarding marijuana use to avoid health issues and accidents.

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