Three Attleboro High School Students Push THC to its Limits
Two sophomores and a senior from Attleboro HIGH School (see what I did there 😉) were hospitalized recently after consuming too much THC at once, most likely giving them extremely bad anxiety and some very red eyes.
The Sun Chronicle reported that Police Chief Kyle Heagney confirmed these reports and actually stated: “They became sick and exhibited signs of overdosing on THC".
Now, naturally, this statement brought a lot of controversy in the comments section with countless people saying it's not possible to overdose (resulting in death) on THC/marijuana.
What's the truth then? In short, it is possible to overdose on THC, BUT it would be almost impossible and there have been 0 overdoses resulting in death on record. According to The Colorado Pot Guide, "someone would have to take 40,000 times the normal amount of cannabis to die. Other estimates say that a smoker 'would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within 15 minutes to induce a lethal response'or 'smoke 20 to 40,000 joints with .9 grams of weed each before dying'”.
So even if you went and channeled your inner Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa and smoked 80 joints/blunts a day, you still most likely wouldn't be even close to overdosing on THC. If I had to guess, I would say the officer more meant the actual definition of overdose, meaning they just ate way more they should have (by all means overdosing and death aren't always correlated).
As stated, these students actually ingested THC which usually happens through edibles, and in this case, chocolate. Unfortunately, the research is clear but some people are still not aware, eating edibles is not like smoking marijuana at all. When you smoke, the THC and the "high" seem to kick in about 15 minutes, whereas with edibles, depending on how much you've eaten, it can take up to 2 HOURS for any effects to kick in, so what happens is when someone doesn't feel the effects just yet, and decide to keep eating these edibles thinking they need to eat more of them to get their "high", and based off what I just stated, that's definitely not a good idea and usually leads to an uncomfortable overconsumption. What is common amongst people who overconsume is they usually get terrible anxiety and begin playing devils advocate thinking the worst things are happening to them.