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View Poll Results: Next states to legalize recreational marijuana
Alaska 18 15.93%
Arizona 6 5.31%
California 59 52.21%
Connecticut 8 7.08%
DC 9 7.96%
Delaware 6 5.31%
Hawaii 22 19.47%
Maine 17 15.04%
Massachusetts 19 16.81%
Michigan 6 5.31%
Montana 5 4.42%
Nevada 12 10.62%
New Jersey 5 4.42%
New Mexico 11 9.73%
Oregon 51 45.13%
Rhode Island 7 6.19%
Vermont 26 23.01%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 113. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-10-2014, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by cheese plate View Post
You get your news from the Onion?

You can't OD from marijuana, unlike alcohol; it also is not physically addictive, like alcohol/tobacco/almost every pharmaceutical.
Tecnically there is a 'lethal dose' of marijuana (as there is with virtually any ingestible substance including broccoli) but you can't consume it fast enough to do it. According to one government source, a 150 lb. person would have to consume 50 lbs. of pure THC -at once- to reach a lethal dose.* A physical impossiblity. And consider that the most potent marijuana strains are about 25% THC by weight. That 150 lb. person would have to smoke 200 lbs. of marijuana in less than 1 second to overdose on TCH.

It is much easier to consume a lethal dose of water (dilutional hyponatremia) than it is THC.

I wouldn't argue that marijuana has a potential for physical and mental health consequences, but overdosing is not one of them. Like alcohol, cheeseburgers, and televison, it should probably be consumed in moderation. Ultimately, the most serious health consequences of marijuana are getting beaten in prison and potentially leaving your children without a parent because taxpayers would rather spend a minor fortune to keep you locked up.


According to which US Government authority you want to believe, the lethal dose of marijuana is either about one-third your body weight, or about 1,500 pounds, consumed all at once.

In summary, enormous doses of Delta 9 THC, All THC and concentrated marihuana extract ingested by mouth were unable to produce death or organ pathology in large mammals but did produce fatalities in smaller rodents due to profound central nervous system depression.

The non-fatal consumption of 3000 mg/kg A THC by the dog and monkey would be comparable to a 154-pound human eating approximately 46 pounds (21 kilograms) of 1%-marihuana or 10 pounds of 5% hashish at one time. In addition, 92 mg/kg THC intravenously produced no fatalities in monkeys. These doses would be comparable to a 154-pound human smoking at one time almost three pounds (1.28 kg) of 1%-marihuana or 250,000 times the usual smoked dose and over a million times the minimal effective dose assuming 50% destruction of the THC by smoking.

Thus, evidence from animal studies and human case reports appears to indicate that the ratio of lethal dose to effective dose is quite large. This ratio is much more favorable than that of many other common psychoactive agents including alcohol and barbiturates (Phillips et al. 1971, Brill et al. 1970).

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