A Coroner of a Louisiana Parish states that a 39-year-old woman died of an THC overdose in February.
Dr. Christy Montegut, who has served as the coroner of St. John the Baptist for over 30 years, announced death-related death in a toxicological report published last month. The parish is about 30 miles west of New Orleans.
"I mean, this lady had to blush this THC oil and had to get high on her system and (stop) her breathing like breathing failure," Montegut said.
If this is true, Montegut's statement is the first in the United States. Many experts are still in doubt as no deaths were reported – attributed exclusively to THC – although billions of cannabis products were produced each year.
"We know from really good survey data that Americans use cannabis products hundreds of times a year," said Keith Humphreys, former advisor to the White House of National Drug Control Policy. – So this means that if there were one million deaths at risk, it would result in a few thousand cannabis overdoses per year.
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According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, there are no reports that only teens or adults have died of THC, the main component of cannabis.
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However, Montegut is in his report. He told The Advocate that the woman's autopsy meant "no physical illness or suffering that was the cause of death." Nothing has been found in toxicology – no other medicine, no alcohol. There was nothing else.