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"The First Cannabis Overdose" More Information Released

     In the August edition of the journal Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine there is a controversial case study on the seizure and death of an 11 month old boy in Colorado. This report has prompted recent headlines across the world reading "The First Marijuana Overdose Death." The issue is that is not what the doctors meant, thanks media. 

     “We are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child,” said Thomas Nappe, co-author of the report who is now the director of medical toxicology at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa. Nappe states that the unusual sequence of events that lead to the child's death is worth alerting the cannabis community to encourage further studying of a possible association between cannabis and the child’s cause of death, myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. Nappe reminds us that the word “associated” should not be interpreted as indicating a cause and effect.

     We eagerly await the results of these studies that will focus on the affect of ingesting/eating high concentrations of THC on children and adults with pre-existing heart conditions. The father has been criminally charged for exposing his child to cannabis. The Drug Enforcement Administration states what is common knowledge that there have been no reported overdose deaths from marijuana and this is the first time that principal has come into question. 

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     Solstice reminds you to enjoy cannabis responsibly and please keep out of the reach of children. Washington Poison Center: (800) 222-1222