Many people associate drug overdoses with death. But an overdose on weed simply involves taking an excessive dose that causes dangerous health effects. So while certain drug overdoses can be fatal, many others are not.
Can you overdose on marijuana? Although no marijuana overdose deaths have been recorded in the United States, ingesting too much of the drug can still cause serious problems that affect a person’s immediate and long-term health.
What Does a Weed Overdose Look Like?
Even though it’s not fatal, a marijuana overdose can still be severe and distressing.
Possible weed overdose symptoms include:4
Loss of coordination.
Decreased muscle strength.
Inability to concentrate.
Slowed reaction time
The Higher Risk of Edibles
Even the method of consumption makes a difference. THC that is consumed in edible form is metabolized differently than when it’s inhaled. It takes longer to absorb THC in edibles, which can lead to the user thinking they didn’t get enough. If one brownie doesn’t work, they take another…and maybe just one more. Suddenly, they have a serious reaction.
Edibles are also much more prone to accidental overdoses. Smoking marijuana doesn’t usually happen accidentally. Even second-hand smoke from your neighbor’s party isn’t really going to do anything but stink up your apartment. Leaving laced cookies lying around, however, pretty much begs for someone to try a bite. Kids are especially likely to munch on marijuana goodies.