You may get sick, paranoid or even pass out, but no recorded deaths have been attributed to such use.
Whether or not you can overdose on cannabis depends on two things: how you ingest it and how you define the word “overdose.”
For most people talking about illicit drugs, an overdose means someone died or had to be resuscitated.
Basically, this is what we’ve seen with the growing opioid crisis: take too much and you die.
A report released in May by Alberta Health Services found 733 people in the province died from accidental opioid overdoses last year.
An Alberta Health report found 355 people have died in the first half of this year, which means an average of two people dying every day in the province due to an opioid overdose.
But cannabis is quite different, as it’s not actually possible to ingest a lethal dose.
You might get sick, paranoid or even pass out, but no recorded deaths anywhere in the world have been attributed to taking too much cannabis.
That’s likely the cause of the intense outrage seen online and on social media in response to a recent CBC report on numbers released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
The figures show that over the past three years the number of emergency room visits attributed to cannabis overdoses almost tripled in Ontario — going from 449 in 2013-14 to nearly 1,500 in 2017-18.
In Alberta, that number has nearly doubled over the same timeframe, from 431 to 832.
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