There is no such thing as Marijuana overdose! Fanatics are surely rejoicing and experiencing double “High” because they can weed-all-they-want. Marijuana overdose can likely happen if a user consumes forty hundred thousand (40,000) times the amount of THC to be dangerously overdosed with.
THC or Tetrahydrocannabinols are compounds coming from the cannabis. Let say that a user makes three puffs of marijuana to become high, you will need one hundred twenty thousand (120,00) puffs for you to meet the deadly overdose amount of THC. But user’s should not celebrate that much!
Although marijuana overdose is very impossible to happen, short-term marijuana overdose can still be experienced. This is called as “greening out”, a short term overdose of marijuana commonly caused by mix ingestion of drugs or foods of the same effect. The drug interaction is called in pharmacology as synergism whereas the drug’s effect is being enhanced or doubled. It is very important to remember that these short term overdose of marijuana is less likely to be fatal or could cause permanent disability.
Symptoms of Prolonged Use
If overdose is mostly not possible, addiction to marijuana is most likely to happen if there is an increase in intake of marijuana. There are signs and symptoms of an excessive amount of marijuana taken by its user. These are alteration on emotional and psychological aspects of the user mostly on fear, stress and anxiety. Unconsciousness is likely to happen also associated with confusion and sleepiness.
Other physiological symptoms could be difficulty of breathing because of the increase or large quantities of inhaled smoke that impedes the circulation and perfusion of oxygen in the lungs. Dizziness is also likely to be experienced associated with feeling sick or wanting to throw up. Physiological changes will also manifest such as pupil dilation and an increase in heart rate.
These symptoms are due to the increase effect of sympathetic nervous system or fight or flight response as a reaction of the brain to THC. One fatal risk should be looking out for the prolonged use of marijuana is heart attack or cardiac arrest which can happen if the heart cannot compensate or adapt to the increase of heart contractility triggered by the activation of the neurotransmitters and receptors associated with this.
In the event of excessive intake and prolonged use of marijuana, it is more likely to acquire severe damages or complications such as respiratory damage caused by excessive smoke inhalation that destroys cells in the air passages and the lungs that will impede oxygen and carbon dioxide respiration. Prolonged excessive use of marijuana could also cause affect the psychological status that could lead to illnesses like schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is an illness characterized by an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, most specifically the serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. It is because the THC’s psychoactive characteristics have a direct effect on the brain’s normal activity. Another complication of prolonged excessive use of marijuana is reduced fertility, although no direct explanation, a decrease in oxygen level and circulation in the blood affects the production of sperms in males and egg cells in females as a result from hormonal imbalance.
Although marijuana overdose is unlikely to happen, it doesn’t mean that we would abuse the use or intake of marijuana. Effects of addiction and prolonged use could still affect and sometimes be fatal to the user.