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Can Marijuana Overdose an Individual?

Posted: February 16, 2015 by in Center Care Alcohol Rehab

Can Marijuana Overdose an Individua

While it’s impossible to have a toxic overdose of marijuana, it is quite possible to consume more weed than is good for you. When you smoke too much marijuana or eat too much pot-laced food, you can experience symptoms of dizziness, anxiety, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes sensations of dying.  But don’t get too apprehensive – taking too much marijuana is not fatal or harmful to any organs.

Many people ask if you can overdose and die from marijuana: the answer is no, it’s not very likely. However, you can experience life-threatening anxiety or psychotic reactions after consuming high potency marijuana strains with high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Not to mention that people can and do get themselves into dangerous situations because of marijuana’s effects on judgment, perception, and coordination. Beyond that, marijuana heightens the effects of other drugs; this is why when you mix alcohol and marijuana it can lead to a high level of intoxication, risky behavior, and other, intensified effects of drinking.

When an addict suffers a temporary overdose of marijuana, they may suffer from “greening out.” This term refers to the situation where people get sick after smoking too much cannabis. The following are the symptoms of too much marijuana in the system:

  • Disorientation
  • Fast heart rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Pupil dilation
  • Shaking that is hard to control
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vomiting

Marijuana potency levels are difficult to establish, because of the variation in types of marijuana users consume. There are certain factors – such as age, general health, exposure to marijuana, and tolerance levels – that contribute to an individual’s overdose level. In other words, a long term marijuana user may require far larger amount of cannabis that an initiate to achieve the desired effect.

If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, perhaps it is time to take a break and re-evaluate your recreational marijuana usage:

Your immune system goes downhill

Long term effects of taking marijuana can include reduced immune system response as well as mental changes in the brain. Studies have found links between habitual marijuana use and brain damage, along with other long term effects.

You’re blowing off your responsibilities

Being a responsible cannabis consumer means you never let your private use of marijuana interfere with accomplishing your tasks at work, school, and at home.

You can’t shake that gasping cough

You’re not likely to risk lung cancer and chronic pulmonary disease like a cigarette smoker, but frequent heavy marijuana use can result in shortness of breath and decreased lung capacity.

You’re not getting high anymore

As your tolerance levels increase, you will crave more of the substance. This leads to marijuana dependence. And when physical dependence is present, psychological dependence may also be indicated. If you can’t handle it on your own, you may visit drug recovery centers in California. In addition if you think you are experiencing an overdose of marijuana, give yourself a rest or you can be in for a serious case of greening out.

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