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Has anyone had a heart attack from smoking weed?

Though somewhat rare, there is case evidence that supports an association between cannabis use and several potentially-lethal cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction (or heart attack) and sudden death.

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Can weed cause a heart attack?

Despite an increasingly positive public perception of the drug in terms of safety, a number of adverse cardiac events have been reported in association with cannabis use including aberrant heart rhythms (e.g., atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), and sudden cardiac death.

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Is it normal to hallucinate on weed?

It is not uncommon to experience mild hallucinations as an acute effect of cannabis intoxication. More severe hallucinations as well as delusional thought may be more likely in overdose situations.

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What happens when you smoke too much weed?

Smoking too much weed or otherwise excessive consumption of cannabis products has been known to lead to confusion, anxiety, paranoia, and panic attacks, especially in people with low tolerance or inexperienced with the effects of the drug. Physical effects of cannabis toxicity may include a drop in blood pressure, rapid heart rate, chest pain, and slowed breathing. Such changes may not always be benign and could contribute to the development of significant cardiovascular outcomes such as sudden cardiac death and ischemic stroke, though these events are rare and may only occur in a setting of polysubstance use and/or pre-existing health factors. In the longer term, smoking too much weed may lead to a physical dependence a distinct withdrawal syndrome, and the development of compulsive patterns of use consistent with a cannabis use disorder.

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How much weed does it take to overdose?

This is a difficult question to answer as overdose situations are influenced by a number of factors such as individual tolerance levels, age/body size, any concurrent substance use, and the presence of any additional health risks such as cardiovascular disease. It is additionally difficult to ascertain the precise amount of cannabis products having been consumed by those people who present to the ER for marijuana-related overdoses. Though it might not constitute an overdose, some adverse psychological effects—such as paranoia and panic attacks—have been reported in some instances with oral doses of only 20 mg.

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How many people have died from marijuana?

Relatively few. There have been some case reports of deaths in which marijuana use was involved, however it is difficult to tally a precise number until more cohesive efforts towards surveilling cannabis-related ER visits are in place to better assess the impact of the drug on morbidity/mortality. More study is absolutely warranted to better tease out the potentially-confounding influence of polysubstance use as well as pre-existing health risks on these isolated cases.

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Can you die from weed?

Certainly, any profoundly intoxicating substance can result in dangerous situations that lead to death by accident/injury. Additionally, and though more study is needed to investigate the phenomenon, there appears to be a risk of significant cardiac events and, even sudden cardiac death with high dose cannabis use in some individuals.

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Can you overdose on weed edibles?

Though overdose incidence falls below that of substances more frequently thought of as having a high overdose risk (heroin, oxycodone, etc.), cannabis overdose is possible. In fact, the numbers of cannabis-related emergencies have been on the rise as orally ingested preparations become increasingly available.

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Can you overdose on marijuana?

Yes. Though rare, marijuana overdose is possible. Incidences of marijuana overdose may be increasing—in part driven by increased consumption of potent cannabis products and orally ingested preparations (e.g., edibles).

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