A woman died of a cannabis overdose, ordered a coroner, making it the first such death ever recorded, it was reported.
The 39-year-old unidentified agent was killed following the spraying of excess tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC – the main active ingredient in marijuana and the one that provides users with a high dose.
According to coroner Christy Montegut of St. John the Baptist parish in Louisiana, the woman died after spraying THC oil in February.
The coroner, who has been in office since 1988, says it was his first death following an excess of THC.
The experts, however, questioned the decision pointing out that the amount of THC needed to kill a human being is much higher than that found in a woman's body.
Dr. Montegut stands by his report and told New Orleans lawyer, "It looks like everything is THC, because his autopsy did not reveal any physical illness or affliction responsible for the death.
"There was nothing else identified in the toxicology – no other drugs, no alcohol. There was nothing else. "
The woman's boyfriend said that she had gone to the hospital three weeks before her death, complaining of an infection in her chest, but had been sent home with drugs on sale free.
"I think this lady had to dump this THC oil and get a high level in her system and made her stop breathing, like a respiratory failure," said Dr. Montegut.
Toxicology did not mention anything else – no other drugs, no alcohol. There was nothing else
Coroner Christy Montegut
A spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Health said that in all other cases of THC-related deaths, the deceased had other drugs or alcohol in the body.
The toxicology report indicated that she had 8.4 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
Professor Bernard Le Fol, addiction expert, estimated that any dangerous level would be between 100 and 1000 times higher than the level of THC present in the blood of the woman, reported the lawyer.
The former White House drug advisor, Keith Humphreys, also questioned the fact that the woman died of a THC overdose.
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He said that with the huge amounts of marijuana consumed in the United States each year, it's hard to imagine that more overdose deaths would not occur if THC was toxic at levels of consumption.
"We know from very good data that Americans use cannabis products billions of times a year," he said.
"Not millions of times, but billions of times a year. This means that if the risk of death was one in a million, we would have a few thousand deaths from overdose of cannabis a year. "
What is THC and what are the cannabis laws in the UK?
THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis that makes users feel "high".
It is generally thought that the side effects of the drugs are felt on the brain, causing anxiety and even hallucinations.
Vaping pot actually increases the rate of anxiety, paranoia, memory loss and short-term distraction, scientists discovered.
Because people tend to think that vaping is safer, they may not pay attention to the dosage.
Cannabis, marijuana or weeds are classified in class B, which places it in the same category as ketamine and amphetamine.
Being caught with cannabis is punishable by up to five years' imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.
On November 1, 2018, medical cannabis became available for UK NHS prescription patients.
The drug will be available to patients in England, Wales and Scotland after the government has faced increasing pressure from activists.
In the past, cannabis was classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which means that it had no therapeutic value.
Products must contain less than 0.05% THC.
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