German Doctors Say Marijuana Can Kill You

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About a month ago, the ever-cautious and beyond-reproach British press ran a sensational story about a drug-induced death. Something called "cannabis poisoning," they reported, killed a 31-year-old mother.

This would be new. Though abundant amounts of high-grade marijuana food have killed off pets, as far as science and even the prohibitionist federal government in the United States know, there is no such thing as "cannabis poisoning" in humans, at least in feasible reality.

Or is there? Researchers in Germany say they have discovered the world's first "cannabis-related deaths," a pair of healthy men in their 20s who succumbed to cardiac arrythmia.

Has the magic plant finally claimed its first victim, several thousand years into its history with humans?

About 3 million people in Germany use cannabis, part of the roughly 203 million people worldwide who consume the drug, according to the Düsseldorf-based researchers, whose findings were published in the current edition of Forensic Science International.

They say that the two men -- an "athletic" 28-year-old man found dead next to an ashtray that contained "cigarette paper and marijuana", and a 23-year-old, also healthy before he was dead -- died of cannabis poisoning simply because no other cause of death was found.

This is called "a diagnosis of exclusion," the researchers said, in defending their findings.

So since no reason was found, and since cannabis was present, "you have to rule out all other possibilities," said researcher Benno Hartung, who added that such deaths are "very rare event[s]" -- and urged more researchers to do more work.

The German Association for Drugs and Addiction, which helped introduce methadone clinics in the 1980s, predictably threw up their hands in disgust at the news.

"Cannabis does not paralyze the breathing or the heart," association head Jost Leune said.

As the drug becomes more and more legal around the world, opponents to the end of drug prohibition appear willing to grasp at the smallest of straws to halt marijuana legalization in its tracks.

This week, the chief of police in Annapolis, Maryland told a government meeting that 37 people died on the first day pot was legally sold in Colorado. The chief was quoting a media report -- made in a satirical Web site.

Drug cops are essentially quoting The Onion to prolong prohibition, people. And doctors are publishing findings that say, because we cannot find any reason why this person died, it must be the marijuana. It's not easy being weed.




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chas_holman
chas_holman

"An autopsy showed that the younger man had a serious heart problem that had not been detected, while the older man had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. "


Of of course the grass killed them (all sarcasm intended) .. pfft.. what yellow yellow nonsensical journalism. Shame shame shame..

MStoll
MStoll

Thomas Geller, MD, Associate Professor of Child Neurology at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, et al., wrote in their article "Cerebellar Infarction in Adolescent Males Associated with Acute Marijuana Use," published inPediatrics in Apr. 2004:

"Each of the 3 cannabis-associated cases of cerebellar infarction was confirmed by biopsy (1 case) or necropsy (2 cases)... Brainstem compromise caused by cerebellar and cerebral edema led to death in the 2 fatal cases."

Pot kills lots of people every year. This year alone in the UK a woman named Gemma Moss died form using weed. Don't trust the pro-marijuana lobby, they are delusional. BTW - I smoke dank Kush and Cookies all day long. I am just honest.

julienbruyere59
julienbruyere59

"Dr. Mechoulam discovered why massive doses of cannabis hasn't killed anybody, not one recorded death. We don't have any cannabinoid Receptors CB1 or CB2 in the Medulla Oblongata, that's the part of the Brain that controls Respiration and Heart rate. 


So massive doses of many other drugs or even not so massive doses cause Respiratory depression, Cardiac suppression and Death. Massive doses of Marijuana might make people fall a sleep but it doesn't stop their breathing or heart." — Dr. Frank H. Lucido

ethernot
ethernot

Even the claims of pet poisonings are highly suspect, at best … According to the linked study, the fatal dose of THC for a dog is 3 grams/kilo body weight, which means a ten pound dog would have to eat something containing over thirteen grams of *pure* THC--not cannabutter, not even BHO--to cause death.

Given that edibles usually contain other stuff that is *considerably* more dangerous to pets, like chocolate, butter, or refined sugar, we'd say it's just an updated version of Drug War propaganda: "Reefer Madness - Assassin of Woof".  (Sorry, we just couldn't resist …)

chas_holman
chas_holman

@MStoll  Feel free to post real links to all these deaths you talk about and these medical 'professionals' you trust so much.


Take your time, you will need it.. 

chas_holman
chas_holman

@MStoll  No your not being honest.. you are being propaganda.. and by the way, you don't SMOKE cookies *face palm*.

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