Experts Say a Louisiana Woman Did Not Die From THC Overdose
Every couple of years, a medical examiner, or doctor, somewhere in the world tries to record themselves in medical history by finding the first case ever where someone dies from a THC overdose. This time, the culprit is in Louisiana.
Christy Montegut, the Parish Coroner in St. John the Baptist Parish, reported that a 39-year-old woman who died in February died of a THC overdose.
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana, CBD, and related products.
According to The Advocate, the federal government's National Institute on Drug Abuse says there's never been a recorded death attributed to THC. Additionally Keith Humphreys, the former senior policy adviser for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said that Americans alone use cannabis billions of times a year, without any deaths from overdose.
The coroner believes that the victim in St. John the Baptist Parish died from a heavy concentration of THC in her blood stream. The levels were about 4 times the limit for impaired driving. However The Advocate was told by Bernard La Foll, a professor at the University of Toronto, a scientist in the field of addiction, that the numbers reported by the coroner said "That number is not very high".
Scientific research says a person would remain safe smoking as much as 15,000 marijuana joints at a single time.
Based on the actual science of the situation, the coroner could have also suggested that a person died from smelling Swamp Thing in real life, or could have died from fright after seeing a Rougarou, and would have been as scientifically sound as suggesting that someone died from a THC overdose.