A coroner with over 30 years of experience attributed a woman's mysterious death to a THC overdose, but a former adviser at the White House of National Drug Control Policy thinks otherwise.
There have been many urban legends that have tried to scare kids about 'reefer', with countless reports containing baseless claims, data, and statistics about the fatality of marijuana. There have been many of these 'first ever marijuana overdose-related death' stories that make their way to the morning news, but the latest comes from a place called LaPlace, in the uniquely-named St. John the Baptist Parish.
"Everything looked above the board and the only thing they found was the THC in the blood and so they made an association," says one skeptical doctor. https://t.co/8FKoJs1fxX— ahealthierphilly (@healthierphilly) June 8, 2019
A coroner has made a shocking claim that a 39-year-old woman died of a THC overdose earlier this year. Dr. Christy Montegut who served as a coroner for the small Louisiana parish for over 30 years said that the unnamed woman passed away due to an apparent THC overdose in his toxicology report, which he released last week.
It's a lot easier for me to believe that the coroner made a mistake.— Marijuana News (@WeedFeed) June 11, 2019
Prior to this reported Louisiana death, no one in recorded human history ever died of an overdose of THC or the cannabis plant.
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THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and is sometimes found in high levels in oil, which the coroner speculates the unnamed woman smoked. "I'm thinking that this lady must have vaped this THC oil and got a high level in her system and (it) made her stop breathing, like respiratory failure," he said in a statement to The Advocate.
Can you imagine being told, that your loved one is the only person in history to ever die from cannabis https://t.co/vgIYMLdJn7— Ÿeff (@investwithyeff) June 8, 2019
While the National Institute on Drug Abuse has not yet reported an instance of adults or teens dying due to THC. But if Montegut's claims about the patient's toxicology reports reflecting high levels of THC, then it can be a first in the U.S.
A coroner in Louisiana claims based on autopsy results, a woman in the state could be the first person to die from a THC overdose. https://t.co/ev9czXt4hF— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) June 7, 2019
However, experts feel that the coroner's report may be a little misleading. FOX News spoke to Keith Humphreys, a former adviser at the White House of National Drug Control Policy, who said that the data that they have collected on cannabis and cannabis usage reflects otherwise.
Post mortem:— Michael Wright (@TheNorthEstate) June 12, 2019
Woman dies unexpectedly, coroner finds no injuries, alcohol, or drugs - except a bit of THC.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc:
MARIJUANA OVERDOSE! #LegalizeIt #WednesdayMorninghttps://t.co/YqkgHsDNh9
"We know from really good survey data that Americans use cannabis products billions of times a year, collectively," he said. "So, that means that if the risk of death was one in a million, we would have a couple [of] thousand cannabis overdose deaths a year."
But the LaPlace coroner is standing by her finds, flatly stating that the woman's autopsy report, "showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death. There was nothing else identified in the toxicology – no other drugs, no alcohol. There was nothing else."