Can you overdose from THC? It depends on what you mean by overdose. Usually, the term implies taking too much of a substance to the point of death.
But in common parlance, talking about overdosing on THC could mean simply taking too much. And that is subjective for every individual.
A connoisseur may smoke multiple joints daily, perhaps eating a 100+ mg cookie before bed. Other consumers, on the other hand, may prefer a single bowl. And maybe only on the weekend.
So overdosing on THC is going to mean different things to different people. Essentially, it means you’ve taken enough cannabis to feel uncomfortable.
But can you fatally overdose from THC? There’s no scientific evidence, but that hasn’t stopped politicians and public health busybodies from claiming you can.
Can Enough THC Kill a Child?
A Virginia mother has been charged with the murder of her four-year-old son after he died from allegedly consuming a large amount of THC.
The four-year-old accessed his mother’s cannabis gummies, but according to the mother, the gummy was half THC and half CBD.
Nevertheless, the news release from the Sheriff’s Office said, “The child’s toxicity level showed a high level of THC.” And that “The attending doctor told detectives that if medical intervention occurred shortly after ingestion, it could have prevented death.”
Apparently, the child ate an entire jar full of cannabis gummies.
It’s stories like these that politicians and public health busybodies latch onto, like the Temperance Movement on alcohol.
A 156-member House Republican Study Committee recently released a report blaming state-level cannabis legalization for “an explosion of marijuana use among children.”
The Committee recommends if or when the US legalizes cannabis, edibles “in the form of candy or beverages” should remain banned.
Likewise, in Canada, edibles are capped at 10mg of THC. As the government begins its Cannabis Act review, public health busybodies call for a ban or more restrictions.
But is any of this justified? Can enough THC kill a child? What about an adult?