Here's how much marijuana it would take to kill you

Here's how much marijuana it would take to kill you

Published on 11/5/16

The National Institute on Drug Abuse keeps a close eye on the effects of substances legal and illicit including the fatal impact they have on the American public. To date, there are zero deaths associated with a marijuana overdose, and experts are saying it would be nearly impossible to ingest a lethal amount. A human would need to ingest 1,500 lbs of marijuana in under 15 minutes to reach a toxic level. It's no surprise no one has been able to die from cannabis as 1,500 lbs is an outrageous and unneccessary amount for any one person. It's shocking to consider when everyday substances like asprin, alcohol, and even water all have feasible lethal limits, yet marijuana does not. Both prescribed and illicit opioids are responsible for killing 28,000 Americans in 2014, but that pales in comparison to the 88,000 people who die from alcohol related causes every year. 

With more people lighting up than ever (and nine states voting on the legalization of marijuana on Election Day), it's important to remember how many fatally overdose on the drug.

Zip. Zero. That's according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which collects data on a range of other substances, both legal and illicit, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

For comparison, opioids, which include prescription pain relievers and heroin, killed more than 28,000 Americans in 2014. Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year, which makes alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of the death in the US.

It's pretty impossible to ingest a lethal dose of marijuana.

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