The Real Reasons Why Cannabis Is Not Lethal


We often hear that people die from an overdose of alcohol, heroin or other drugs. We all know that these drugs are lethal, but why are they lethal and not cannabis?

The Reason Why Alcohol/Opioids Are Lethal

The main reason is the way the substances work. Alcohol and opiates do not work in the same place as cannabis, for example.

As Oxford University anesthesiology professor K.T.S. Pattinson has observed, “In drug addicts, respiratory depression is the major cause of death.” In other words, during an opioid overdose the victim falls unconscious and the body forgets to breathe.

Humans have many opiate receptors in their brain. For example, the pre-Bötzinger complex in the brain stem that controls breathing. This is a common reason why people die from an overdose because they simply stop breathing! We have the same with alcohol – too large an amount overtaxes the liver with the breakdown of alcohol. Alcohol poisoning also numbs the same regions of the brain, which can also lead to death!

What About Cannabis

Cannabis also works in the brain, but not in the areas that regulate breathing and heart rate. Cannabinoids act in the basal ganglia, hippocampus and cerebellum, which control cognition and movement.

Of course, you can overdose cannabis, but you don’t have to worry about dying from it. In addition to panic, nausea, hallucinations and circulatory problems, various side effects are possible. However, you don’t need to be afraid of dying from it.



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