Can you overdose on weed? Well, it’s complicated. But it’s an important conversation to have. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States today. In 2023, only four states have left marijuana and all its products illegal in all of its forms. In Florida, marijuana is now legal with a medical permit. But it is still illegal for recreational use.
With more and more parts of the United States of America making marijuana more and more accessible, it’s even more important to know the risks of marijuana use. And the potential for marijuana overdose. So, can you overdose on weed? The answer isn’t so simple. To answer that question, first we need to understand exactly what an overdose is.
What is (Weed) Marijuana
Marijuana, also known as weed or cannabis is a plant that has been used for various purposes for thousands of years. It is native to Central and South Asia. The plant has a variety of uses. But it is most commonly known for its psychoactive, dopamine releasing, and medicinal properties.
THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. When consumed, THC can produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, altered perception, and moderate cognitive changes. Some use marijuana recreationally. Particularly by individuals seeking its psychoactive effects.
Marijuana has been used for its medicinal properties to treat various conditions, including chronic pain, nausea and vomiting (commonly associated with chemotherapy), muscle spasms, and certain neurological disorders. CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, is often used in medical treatments and has gained popularity for its potential therapeutic benefits without the euphoric effects that are commonly referred to as a “high”.
What is an Overdose
In layman’s terms, an overdose happens when someone ingests more of a drug than their body can safely tolerate. Overdoses can have a wide range of effects and impact nearly every system in the body. Overdoses can have both short and long-term health consequences. And, in some cases, overdoses can be fatal.
Overdose treatment depends on the substance in question. Some drugs, like heroin and fentanyl are extremely dangerous in any quantity, and become quickly lethal. Especially if taken in too high of a dose. In many cases, emergency medical attention is necessary when the first symptoms of an overdose arise. Immediate actions may include administering medications like opioid antagonists, providing supportive care, and alleviating the symptoms of a drug overdose. But the question isn’t whether or not you can overdose on any substance. The question is can you overdose on weed? And weed overdoses require marijuana abuse.
Marijuana abuse, like the misuse of any substance, is characterized by patterns of use that are harmful, compulsive, and interfere with a person’s daily life, responsibilities, and overall well-being. Over time, individuals who abuse marijuana may find that they need to use more of the drug to achieve the desired effects. This is a sign of increased tolerance. And this can be an early indicator of abuse.
Marijuana abuse may cause conflicts with friends and family members. The individual’s social life may revolve around use of marijuana. And they may withdraw from non-drug-related activities and relationships.
Finally, chronic marijuana abuse can lead to physical and psychological symptoms, including impaired memory and cognitive function, mood disturbances, and anxiety. These symptoms can develop chronically. But they mimic the symptoms of a weed overdose.
Can you overdose on weed?
So…can you overdose on weed? The short answer is, yes. The longer answer is, not in the way you’re probably thinking. When you think of a weed overdose, you probably think of respiratory or cardiac arrest. Or vomiting leading to asphyxiation. But, unlike other drugs, marijuana overdoses are relatively rare. And they do not typically result in life-threatening or severe physical symptoms.
This is because cannabis (marijuana) has a high safety profile. In other words, it’s difficult to ingest enough marijuana to put oneself into lethal or near lethal danger. Weed overdoses are very hard to pull off. However, consuming too much cannabis can lead to a range of uncomfortable and distressing symptoms, often referred to as “greening out” or “cannabis toxicity.”
While marijuana overdoses are generally not life-threatening, they can be distressing and uncomfortable. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe or persistent distress after consuming cannabis, it’s advisable to seek medical attention to rule out any underlying medical conditions and receive appropriate care. While a weed overdose is serious, it doesn’t need to be fatal to require medical care.
Can you Overdose on weed? Not if you get help!
Marijuana abuse can have both short and long term consequences. If you are afraid that you are experiencing negative effects from marijuana use, it’s time to get help. Better Tomorrow Treatment Center’s modern, evidence-based addiction care is designed to foster the personal growth needed to sustain a lifetime of recovery. Find the insight and strength required for the rewarding sober lifestyle your or your loved one deserves. If you or a loved one wants to start their recovery journey, please contact us at (888) 653-1149, or head over to our website and scroll down to the bottom of the page and fill out our 100% confidential information form and a compassionate member of our team will reach out to you.