Medicinal cannabis is legal in Canada, but there are multiple misconceptions surrounding its use. Until recently, there have been a few studies centered on the effects of cannabinoids. Lack of general knowledge and this useful drug’s prior status as an illegal substance reinforced some stigma and fallacies surrounding cannabis.
The subject of overdose is a big part of those misconceptions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding excessive cannabis intake:
Is There a Risk for Medicinal Cannabis Overdose?
Excessive amounts of any substance can be detrimental to your health. Symptoms of excessive cannabis use include:
- anxiety or panic attacks
- disorientation or impaired judgment
- increased heart rate
- chest pain
To avoid the adverse effects of overdosing, it’s important for patients to follow their doctor’s recommended dosage.
Can Overdosing on Medicinal Cannabis Result in Death?
How Much Cannabis Can Cause an Overdose?
A more recent study (revised in 2017) states that the lethal dose of THC is significantly higher than previously thought. Assuming that the human LD50 (lethal dose) is similar to that of rats (666 mg/kg), an average person weighing 187 lbs. would have to ingest approximately 55 grams of pure THC. Given that the most commonly used cannabis strains (Sativa and Indica) have between 12% to 18% of THC, a person would need to consume a staggering amount of cannabis for it to be fatal.
If you’re looking for answers to other frequently asked questions on cannabis therapy, or if you are inquiring about your eligibility, contact The Clinic Network Canada Inc. at 1-855-462-3646.