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Here’s How Much Weed It Takes To Kill You

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Marijuana is illegal in most parts of the world, yet a significant number of people have tried the psychoactive drug at least once in their life and more and more are getting high than ever.

With the drug being as prevalent as it is, it’s worth knowing how many fatally overdose on it. The answer? ZERO! Absolutely zero.

In fact, a better question would be: Just how much weed smoking would it take to kill the average person?

Answer? A lot, or at least a lot more than you realize.

According to a report by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Drug Enforcement Administration, it’s almost impossible to overdose on marijuana.

For comparison, opioids such as prescription pain relievers and heroin killed more than 28,000 Americans in 2014 only, while nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year. Alcohol, in fact, is the fourth leading preventable cause of the death in the United States.

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David Schmader, author of “Weed: The User’s Guide,” did the calculation on how much marijuana it would take to kill someone:

“Even aspirin can kill you if you take too much, but a fatal dose of marijuana would require ingestion of fifteen hundred pounds in fifteen minutes — a physical impossibility for any human, even Snoop Dogg.”

That’s right, you’ll need to take in 1,500 lbs of hash for there to be a problem. Can you do that?

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The way our brain works has a lot to do with this impossibility. When ingested, marijuana releases chemicals enter the brain via the nervous system and latch onto cannabinoid receptors, molecules that influence pleasure, memory, coordination, cognition and other functions, resulting in the exhilarating high that many of us crave.

Fortunately, cannabinoid receptors are not found in the parts of the brain that control breathing, making lethal overdoses from marijuana and other cannabinoids unlikely.

That’s not to say marijuana is harmless, however. Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient that makes us high, is a powerful intoxicant that impairs physical abilities and judgments, potentially leading users to put themselves in dangerous situations.

The takeaway from this research finding? Have as much weed as you want, but just do so in a safe area that doesn’t endanger anyone.

How much do Marijuana do you smoke per week?

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