Why Overdose is the Wrong Word When it Comes to Cannabis

Article by Dave Dormer, CBC News

Why overdose is the wrong word when it comes to cannabis Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn You may get sick, paranoid or even pass out but no recorded deaths are attributed to such use Dave Dormer · CBC News Dr. Eddy Lang, an emergency room physician calls the term overdose "crude" when referring to patients who end up in hospital after ingesting too much cannabis. (Submitted by Dr. Eddy Lang)

Whether or not you can overdose on cannabis depends on two things: how you ingest it and how you define the word, “overdose.”

For most people talking about illicit drugs, an overdose means someone died or had to be resuscitated.

Basically, this is what we’ve seen with the growing opioid crisis: take too much and you die.

A report released in May by Alberta Health Services found 733 people in the province died from accidental opioid overdoses last year.

An Alberta Health report found 355 people have died in the first half of this year, which means an average of two people dying every day in this province due to an opioid overdose.

But cannabis is very different as it’s not actually possible to ingest a lethal dose.

You might get sick, paranoid or even pass out but no recorded deaths anywhere in the world have been attributed to taking too much cannabis.

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