Experts skeptical of Louisiana woman’s deadly weed overdose

A Louisiana woman appears to be the first particular person on a file whose demise has been dominated a marijuana overdose — nevertheless, some medical consultants are skeptical that was the true set off.

The 39-year-old woman was found slumped on her couch ineffective in her La Place apartment in February, nevertheless, an autopsy found she had healthful organs, no illnesses, and no elevated traces of alcohol or completely different medication in her physique — nevertheless extreme ranges of THC, the energetic ingredient in pot.

“It looked like it was all THC because her autopsy showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death,” St. John the Baptist Parish coroner Christy Montegut knowledgeable the New Orleans Advocate.

“There was nothing else identified in the toxicology — no other drugs, no alcohol,” Montegut acknowledged.

THC is the precept mind-altering half of marijuana which at extreme ranges may trigger coronary heart palpitations, extreme nervousness and, in accordance with Montegut, coronary coronary heart failure.

The woman’s boyfriend knowledgeable investigators she used a marijuana vaping pen and had been to the ER three weeks sooner than she died in consequence of-of a chest infection and acknowledged medical doctors despatched her dwelling with over-the-counter medication.

The diploma of THC in her blood was 15 events the detection threshold which led him to rule the demise as a THC overdose.

“For marijuana to show up positive on our toxicology test, the level has to be greater than 0.5,” Montegut knowledgeable the paper. The woman’s THC diploma was 8.4 nanograms per milliliter of blood.

“I’m thinking this lady must have vaped this THC oil and got a high level in her system and (it) made her stop breathing, like respiratory failure,” he continued.

There have been no recorded deaths attributable to marijuana overdoses, in accordance with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal authorities evaluation institute.

But medical doctors and medical consultants immediately disagreed with Montegut’s discovering, with one calling it “incredibly unlikely.”

“That number is not very high,” Bernard Le Foll, a dependancy professor, and scientist on the University of Toronto acknowledged the amount of THC inside the woman’s blood.

Dr. Noah Kaufman, an ER doctor in Colorado, knowledgeable CBS affiliate WWL he was skeptical after reviewing the woman’s autopsy nevertheless added he has seen additional pot-related illnesses inside the emergency room.

“THC is becoming so powerful these days that we are kind of playing with fire a little bit, and there may be more and more and more people that start to have some kind of an adverse reaction,” he acknowledged.

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