Understand What Is Real About Marijuana Deaths

Understand What Is Real About Marijuana Deaths

Now you feel scared to use cannabis because of the marijuana deaths you read on various articles, claiming how dangerous weed can be. However, what most people do not know is the facts behind those words and other factors that caused these deaths.

On the other hand, this article does not claim that excessive use of marijuana will not cause any detrimental health problems. What this article aims for is for you to understand what caused these cannabis-related deaths and how using it can cause dangerous problems to your health.

Marijuana vs. Opioids and Some FDA-Approved Drugs

Unlike marijuana, opioids can cause more severe death problems in the United States. That is why it is right for the government to ban its use entirely. In 2017, there are beyond 70,000 people died from opioid overdose and 47,000 people who died concerning its use.

On the other hand, no one can directly point out the deaths caused by marijuana overdose.

A judge named Francis Young studied the evidence of marijuana overdose incidents in 1988. He found out that a person should take about 1,500 pounds of weed in 15 minutes to experience the lethal effects of this substance. His findings only mean that it is almost impossible to die directly from a cannabis overdose.

Also, some FDA-approved drugs proved to be more lethal than cannabis.

In 2005, ProCon.org sent a request to the FDA to help them identify the number of marijuana deaths in comparison with the 17 FDA-approved medications. The 12 of these drugs are the ones most healthcare practitioners prescribe as alternatives to medical marijuana, and the remaining five are what many people commonly use.

The FDA handed them a copy of the Adverse Event Reporting System reports on August 25, 2005. This report comes with a disclaimer that the reports are not scientifically verified because there was no assurance that the cause of deaths was directly from the drugs. It could be because of underlying illnesses or other factors, which means that the deaths occurred by chance.

As a result of this report, you would see that there are more than 11,600 deaths from 17 FDA-approved drugs and only 279 from marijuana deaths.

Again, the FDA said that this result is not scientifically verified. However, it is up to you how you will interpret the results.

Faulty Findings and Conclusions

In November 2017, a lot of publications spread with headlines claiming that marijuana had been a cause of death of an 11-month old baby. The baby died through myocarditis, and the physicians cannot point out the actual cause of it. What they found is that marijuana was present in the infant’s blood.

For this reason, the anti-marijuana supporters quickly used this opportunity to jump into the conclusion that marijuana has been the cause of the infant’s cardiac arrest. They disregarded the fact that even other legal drugs can cause it, or the physicians do not directly blame weed for this death.

In 2014, the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) claimed there were 8,851 deaths because of the use of weed. However, the institute changed this claim and brought this number of fatalities down to 851.

They justified their figures by claiming that the cause of these deaths was from traffic accidents and lung cancer. They claimed that 638 died because of cancer using the Swedish study of 2013 as a basis for this claim. What the Swedish study trying to point out was that marijuana users are more likely at risk of developing lung cancer than those who are non-weed smokers.

What makes this study faulty is that 91 percent of these 638 deaths were because these people were not only marijuana users; they are also tobacco smokers.

About the deaths regarding the traffic incidents, it is wrong to directly point out that these deaths are due to marijuana because alcohol is also present in the scene.

What Is Real About Marijuana

Although directly blaming marijuana for casualties without reliable proof is wrong, it does not mean that excessive use of it will not bring its users any harm. After all, anything used in excess is wrong for everyone, whether it is an FDA-approved drug or food.

Most of the incidents of deaths where marijuana has been present, no one can point a finger that it is directly the cause of death. However, there are instances where deaths happen because of medical conditioned worsened by the use of marijuana.

There are also medical conditions that can happen with the irresponsible use of it.

Excessive and irresponsible use of marijuana can lead to the following issues:

  • Acute myopericarditis
  • Acute psychosis
  • Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS)
  • Cannabinoid catatonia syndrome


Despite the growing death incidents where cannabis has been present, nobody can prove its direct connection with these casualties. Although there are instances where this substance can aggravate conditions that the users already have, it does not mean that it is directly to blame.

However, it does not mean that using marijuana is 100 percent safe. It only means that the users should learn how to be a responsible user by knowing the right dosage to take.

Moreover, to avoid being a part of marijuana deaths, it is best to determine if you have any health conditions. If you do, better stay away from using marijuana because it can make it worse.

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