Can You Overdose On Cannabis? You cannot die from overdosing on cannabis. To be frank, you cannot die from cannabis at all, this plant isn’t lethal in any dose. Now, with that being said, are there risks? Absolutely, typically everything comes with risks. In my opinion, is it safer than some of the other options we as Americans have right now? ABSOLUTELY!
I was curious about what the CDC said about cannabis, and they said just that – you cannot die from cannabis but there are risks. The CDC is really only singling out one cannabinoid -THC. THC can be very intoxicating when used in higher doses.
Too much THC can actually cause some issues within your body. Those side effects can range from paranoia, panic, high blood pressure, anxiety, and delusions or hallucinations. There is also a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) which is a condition developed in chronic cannabis users. This condition isn’t understood to the fullest, but symptoms of having CHS are severe and prolonged vomiting and nausea, as well as compulsive bathing. If you are experiencing these symptoms, stop using cannabis immediately. In patients with this condition, once they stop using cannabis the symptoms go away.
Knowledge is power and knowing the power of this plant is extremely important. It may not kill you, however you could have a really bad experience with it. Starting low and going slow is the best method when using cannabis.
Why do we need cannabis? This question is something that not many people ask, but they should. This plant of millions of years has given us so much good, but with good we always have bad. Cannabis has many potential medicinal benefits. We can’t claim it helps with any ailments because it is hasn’t been approved by the FDA or the federal government to do so.
My research has shown me what the possibly of this plant can do. In the 1970s, the pharmaceutical companies in the US won over the federal government to be allowed to have 100% of the research of cannabis. They would finance and judge cannabis for themselves take it away from the government. They were allowed to regulate themselves and didn’t do any “high” research. Pharma also only focused on Delta-9 THC, disregarding the rest of the compounds in the plant. Why did they take over the research? Well, of course the one and only reason would be MONEY. They wanted to be able to patent cannabis synthetics. Also, the federal government recorded “through hundreds of studies that even ‘natural’ crude cannabis was the ‘best and safest medicine of choice’ for many serious health problems”
When we talk about cannabis we aren’t just referring to cannabinoids, THC or CBD. The stalks, flowers, and seeds all have amazing benefits. The greens of the plant could be eaten as a salad with no high (not in Kentucky it is illegal to have a hemp salad). If you look at places like walmart and other large chains, they sell hemp seeds and hemp hearts. However, if you look on the back of the products in American grocery and chain stores, none of it is grown in the USA. Hemp seed as you see below is considered a “superfood” it also is amazing for your skin. One of my favorite companies Kentucky Hemp Works uses the ENTIRE plant when they make products. They try to incorporate the plant in everything they do not just CBD focused. Here is a break down of Hemp Seed, Hemp stalk, and Hemp Flower.
This is in no way medical advice. I am simply just trying to educate about cannabis and its potential benefits. If you found this blog informative please give it a like and share! I am committed to facts over stigma and providing accurate information.
Resources: The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer 2000.
On my social media platforms, I have dedicated myself to presenting facts over stigma a few times a week. I want to spread my knowledge and normalize cannabis as it once was 80 years ago. As of today, we have legal dispensaries in 33 states that have legalized cannabis either medicinally or recreationally. The history of this plant is extremely important, as is what it can do for our bodies and earth. You can check out a previous blog “Fascinating Truth About Hemp.”
Today, I’m going to drop some history facts over stigma for you. You may know these and you may not. If you have any facts on cannabis not mentioned, please comment below.
At one point in our history, Cannabis was our PLANET’S number one agriculture crop. It was the primary source for fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense, medicine and essential food source for animals and humans.
Hemp was used as legal tender in most of America from 1631-1800s to encourage farmers to grow more. You could even pay your taxes with cannabis for 200 years across America.*
Majority of the paper made was made out of hemp, until 1883.
Benjamin Franklin started Americas first paper mills with cannabis, in 1750. This allowed Americans to have free colonial press.*
In the 1920s, doctors wrote 3 million prescriptions for cannabis. In addition, Cannabis was the 3rd most used over the counter and prescribed medicine.
At one point in our history pharmaceutical companies produced cannabis extract medicines. There were NEVER any reports of death and overdoses*
They used cannabis on ships, right down to the sailors clothes. Canvas sails, anchor ropes, cargo nets, fishing nets, flags, and shrouds were made from the stalk of the marijuana plant. Along with the ships charts, maps, logs, and bibles were made of hemp paper.*
I love this paragraph from this history book about hemp. “Finally, it must be noted that approximately 50% of all chemicals used in American agriculture today are used in cotton growing. Hemp needs no chemicals and has few weed or insect enemies – except for the US government, and DEA”*
Art canvas were made of Hemp. Van Gogh, Gainsborough, and Rembrandt were all created on hemp canvas. *
“In early 1937, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Walter Treadway told the Cannabis Advisory Subcommittee of the League of Nations that, “It may be taken for a relatively long time without social or emotional breakdown. Marihuana is habit-forming… in the same sense as… sugar or coffee.” Source: https://ushempmuseum.us/prohibition
Four men in 1930s, started their journey destroying this plant. Harry Anslinger, William Randolph Hearst, Andrew Mellon, and Lammot DuPont.
*The Emperor Wears NO Clothes by Jack Herer
I will continue my journey on providing facts over stigma in the future. We are dedicated to making this plant normal, and providing education on how cannabis can benefit our world. (again)
Help me spread the love of this plant with others. Let’s break this stigma together!