A coroner in Louisiana’s declare that the demise of a girl was because of a purported “THC overdose” is being met with pushback from marijuana-knowledgeable specialists, with many declaring the predictable however no much less maddening deal with this alleged incident as if one thing like alcohol poisoning would not kill an estimated 2,200 individuals a yr.

The St. John the Baptist Parish demise of the 39-year-old lady in query was first handled as an “unexplained demise” again in February. The coroner, Dr. Christy Montegut, informed regional outlet 4WWL in a report revealed this week that his crew “discovered a person deceased laying on the couch” at her condominium, in the end calling for an post-mortem.

“I used to be sort of shocked that the one factor we discovered was elevated ranges of THC,” Montegut informed reporters. A person described as the girl’s boyfriend famous that she used a weed pen, a element that had Montegut (who’s primarily based in Louisiana, the place such merchandise usually are not legally out there for leisure enjoyers) doing on-line analysis and coming to the conclusion that the famously excessive quantities of THC present in such gadgets may have brought on respiratory despair at a degree that halted the girl’s respiration, thus ensuing within the “THC overdose” declare. And that is the place the pushback begins.


4WWL obtained a police report on the girl’s demise, explaining that the boyfriend additionally informed authorities that the girl had visited the emergency room simply weeks earlier than her demise because of a chest an infection. Following the go to, based on the report, the girl returned house with the hospital-advised therapy choices of Mucinex and Robitussin D.

Whereas Montegut insists “100 p.c” certainty in his explanation for demise evaluation, the New Orleans-area publication says they spoke with a number of docs who repeated the longstanding stat of roughly zero individuals ever having died by marijuana. Moreover, types of cannabis have been proven to assist curb mortality charges amongst these combating opioid-related abuse. Whereas Colorado-based emergency room doc Noah Kaufman, particularly, cautioned towards edibles and different high-potency merchandise for anybody not protecting carefulness on the mind, he wasn’t satisfied of the THC overdose claims out of Lousiana.

“Every part appeared above the board, and the one factor they discovered was the THC within the blood and they also made an affiliation,” Kaufman defined.

The story itself, expectedly, has been met with equally excessive ranges of skepticism and scrutiny amongst authorized marijuana advocates throughout social media. Be part of that under.