A drug becomes toxic when taken at a very large amounts. Drug overdose is known for its deadly effects. But can heavy smoking or too much consumption of marijuana also be fatal? 

Luckily, the answer is no. An overdose on marijuana has different effects from other drugs, like opioids. However, experts warned that too much cannabis in the body could still have significantly bad health effects.

Marijuana is the most abused drug across the U.S., according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The drug also appears today as more potent than it was 20 years ago, according to ProjectKnow.com, a website supported by the American Addiction Centers. 

Despite not directly causing fatal conditions, marijuana could still contribute to health issues that may lead to life-threatening situations. Some studies showed that marijuana intoxication can cause psychosis or disconnection with reality.

Mixing marijuana with other drugs can also lead to overdose. Some people used a combination of pot and other drugs to enhance the high. 

To avoid any risks, it is important to know the signs of marijuana overdose or excessive consumption. A person suffering from marijuana intoxication may show or feel the following: 

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Inappropriate and excessive laughter
  • Mood changes
  • Altered sense of time
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Coughing due to lung irritation

 

Most of the signs may make individuals feel like they are dying. However, some people may also show feelings of relaxation because of overdose. 

The effects of an overdose commonly last three to four hours but can last longer in some cases if a person consumed edible marijuana, according to the Desert Hope Treatment Center

Recognizing the signs of abuse or intoxication could help prevent an overdose. If you or another person are experiencing one or a combination of the signs or marijuana overdose, immediately seek medical attention to avoid any risk. 

Treatment for an overdose commonly include benzodiazepine drugs, such as Klonopin or Xanax, along with counseling from a medical professional or substance abuse professional.

There are also inpatient and outpatient treatment programs that commonly take 30 to 90 days to help patients recover from marijuana addiction.