Aug 242013
 August 24, 2013

marijuana lab laboratory testing overdoseMy friend is new to the marijuana world. He had never smoked marijuana before in his life. At the age of 50, due to health problems, he decided to start consuming marijuana because pharmaceuticals weren’t working and were wreaking havoc on his body.

He always asks me questions, and I’m going to try to post answers on TWB in case there are others out there. Also, I’m hoping people post their knowledge in the comments section below so that others can benefit. If you find some good info on marijuana overdose information, feel free to post it below.

The question I’m answering today is ‘how much marijuana does it take for someone to overdose?’ My friend is well aware that no one in recorded history has ever died from a marijuana overdose. But he wants to know if there is any amount of marijuana that someone could overdose from. According to a 1988 United States administrative law hearing:

“7. Drugs used in medicine are routinely given what is called an LD-50. The LD-50 rating indicates at what dosage fifty percent of test animals receiving a drug will die as a result of drug induced toxicity. A number of researchers have attempted to determine marijuana’s LD-50 rating in test animals, without success. Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals enough marijuana to induce death.

8. At present it is estimated that marijuana’s LD-50 is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. In layman terms this means that in order to induce death a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette. NIDA-supplied marijuana cigarettes weigh approximately .9 grams. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response.


9. In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response as a result of drug-related toxicity.”

Even if someone is smoking marijuana concentrates or ‘dabs’ which can be 3-4 times more potent than their flower counterparts, that’s still hundreds of pounds of marijuana dabs within a 15 minute period. A person would pass out before they experienced a lethal dose level of marijuana. Something could harm the person if they fell while passing out resulting in death, but that’s different than the marijuana itself causing death. Some readers are probably wondering why the federal government fights so hard against marijuana research. Maybe it’s because every time they research marijuana they find out how wrong they are…

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  • Dave

    i have tried to overdose on weed many times. the farthest ive gotten is a pound in 24 hrs… It is not possible to OD from weed. for fucks sake, legalize it already

    • Shamic

      Lol you lightweight. I’ve smoked close to 1.1 pounds in 24 hours.

    • Dank bob square up pants

      How the F*CK did you get $4,480 worth of
      dank a$$ w€€d and smoke all of it in a day.

      • Dude with the vape van

        pot head of the year award goes to that guy that smoked $4,480 worth of weed in a day

        • Alex

          Nigga where you get $4,480 from?? Lmao, yes top quality weed goes for around $4000 but dont be throwing out exact prices acting like you know shit haha, the kid was most likely smoking reggie ya morons, and most dank goes for around $3000 – $4000, even shit on the street get sold for around that much. But also it is very highly unlikely any1 will or could smoke a pound in a day, very obsurd statement to make.

          • Zachary

            Not true, i smoked two and a half pounds in one day.😴

          • Joe Pitelka

            Or he just buys ounces for $280 or something. That would make a pound $4,480. No need to call someone out for no reason

  • Bob

    Even if THC itself was a dangerous substance that causes mental problems, it would still be extremely remarkable how non-toxic marijuana is. There are few substances like this.

  • Blake Ballard

    it still smells bad

    • Dank bob square up pants

      The sm€ll of sum dank a$$ mery jaaaaaaaaaaaane ak(47)a, w€€d smells better than dat ass hole you’ve been eating

      (that was a joke)

      • Shamic

        A joke? As in “haha” joke?

  • Shamic

    Keep it ill-eagle
    I smoked 1500 pounds accidentally, and nearly overdosed.

    • Alex

      Shut the fuck up kid, 100 pounds of weed would cost almost $400,000!! So 1500 pounds would cost over $6,000,000!! Lmfao ur str8 retarded, go kill urself

      • Joe Pitelka

        I had to make an account just to ask you if your comment was sincere. If this comment is a joke then that’s one thing, but if you really think this guy was serious then wow, learn to take a joke. You really think he ACCIDENTALLY smoke 1500 POUNDS of weed in 15 mins? The whole point of that statistic is to make you laugh because of the fact that it would be impossible-as far as I’m aware-to smoke even close to that much in 15 mins.

  • Purple Princess

    At 55, I have decided to move to Colorado, buy a B&B that’ll allow pot parties, give psychic readings and serve edibles. There’s so much misinformation out there about marijuana and it pisses me off to no end. If there were ONE Big Pharma company out there that had the balls to start making medical marijuana products (THCV helps a person lose weight; THCV, CBD, CBDA, CBC, CBG & Limonene inhibits cancer cell growth; CBD reduces blood sugar levels; THCA, CBG aids in sleep; etc. [×662.jpg]), there would be ONE Big Pharma company left in the world. Marijuana cures it all and you don’t have to have the THC (it’s just one of the benefits).

  • Purple Princess

    Comments are either closed to this article or my opinion of Big Pharma was too outlandish for them to approve my previous post. So I’m going to delete my account. Y’all can make all the stupid, uninformed remarks you want to. And this site is more than welcome to perpetuate the continuation of misinformation. As for me, I’m moving to Colorado, buying a B&B that’ll be 420 friendly, serve edibles, etc.

    • Seb ‘xplo’ Lemery

      you sound like a cunt.

  • charles51

    Funny. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Bruce Lee died from ingesting cannabis, in the form of hashish.

    • Seb ‘xplo’ Lemery

      they are full of shit, his wife must have killed him. Don’t believe everything you see on the internet old man.

      • charles51

        Yah, must have been the curse :)

    • Renaud Duquette

      also, maybe that the hash that Bruce ingested was extracted with a solvent like butane, propane, etc. and if he had a condition or problems with his system he could’ve died from that but i would’nt be an overdose on cannabis. The hash probably made him feel less pain during though.

    • Hunter

      I’m not sure where they got their info from, but Bruce Lee died from brain swelling due to some pain medication he took for a headache.

      • charles51

        An alergic reaction is different than an overdose. A minute exposure to an alergen can be fatal.

    • Lemar Jerk-douche

      The official cause of his death was listed as cerebral edema (brain swelling) caused by a hyper sensitive reaction to the muscle relaxant meprobamate in the painkiller Equagesic that he had taken for a headache. Dumb ass lyer.

      • charles51

        Yes, the official cause of death was cerebral edema, as was the actual cause of his death. The coroner listed Equagesic as the trigger, in spite of there being no precedent of this. Years later, Rolling Stone did an in depth story on the death of Bruce Lee. They concluded that it’s far more likely that he suffered an allergic reaction to hashish that he was eating just before his death. This is not an OD, because a small amount of allergen can cause massive reaction and death. I’ve been trying to find the link to the article, but it was a long time ago, so no luck. Lemar, I’m just relaying what I read, chill out!

  • Chandler Shedd

    I want to be the first person to die from it, don’t judge