Death Caused by Marijuana Overdose

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Gemma Moss was a typical 31-year-old British woman. She was a mother of three, and a regular churchgoer. Everyone who knew her said she was full of life and a great person to be around. Her death came as a shock to all who knew her. What is even more surprising is the way in which she died. According to local coroners, Moss’s death was caused by a Marijuana “poisoning” or overdose.

Those that knew Gemma Moss would say she was not an avid drug user. She had frequently smoked marijuana in her 20’s, but stopped using as her children grew up. Recently, her life had become more turbulent. She broke up with her long time boyfriend, and the anxiety caused by the event made her unable to sleep. She began using marijuana again in an effort to calm herself at night and help relieve her anxiety. Her mother, Kim Furness, knew of her daughter’s marijuana use. According to Furness, Moss would smoke a half a joint at night to help her sleep. When medical personnel reached Moss on the morning of her death, they found exactly that.

Moss was found one early October morning last year in her bed by her son’s girlfriend. The girlfriend called for an ambulance after Moss was completely non-responsive to her. Moss was pronounced dead on the scene. The paramedics found a half of a marijuana cigarette under her when they moved the body.

Sheriff Payne, the local coroner was the first to examine Moss. According to his report, no significant damage to the vital organs could be found as a cause of death. Puzzled, he called for a specialist. Dr. Kudair Hussein was the pathologist brought in to examine the body. He discovered a high level of cannabinoids in Moss’s bloodstream. These levels, according to Hussein, were equal to that of a heavy to moderate marijuana user. After finishing his examination, Hussein concluded that Moss’s death was caused by a marijuana overdose.

Payne this week released the official report concerning Moss’s death. She has become the first ever woman to die in the UK as a result of a marijuana overdose. Only one other person, a man in 2004, has been officially listed as having the same cause of death. David Raynes of the national drug prevention alliance has never seen a case where marijuana was the sole cause of death. Sure, there have been thousands of marijuana related deaths. None have been solely based on marijuana.

This recent report has caused sparks of controversy all over the United States. Doctors stateside agree that smoking marijuana can be the cause of death in some instances, but only if it is laced with a harder, more lethal drug. The lethal drug would then be the cause of the overdose, not the marijuana. Doctors also agree that the heightened heart rate from the anxiety of smoking marijuana can cause an underlying heart condition to have a deadly reaction. Again, however, it would be the condition and not the Marijuana that would be the cause of death.

DeathThe American Scientist, a very popular science and technology magazine, recently published an article concerning the toxicity of recreational drugs. They proved that alcohol is the most lethal of all commonly abused substances. A person would have to drink ten times the amount it takes to get “a little buzzed” in order to overdose. Marijuana users would have to ingest 1000 times the amount of marijuana it takes to feel “a little high” in order to overdose. Studies have shown that most users pass out long before this amount can be ingested.

Despite this information, Gemma Moss will officially go down in history as the first woman whose death was caused by a marijuana overdose. British citizens may very well believe this is true. Americans, on the other hand, will probably think Hussain is just blowing smoke.


By Chris Chisam

The American Scientist
The Daily Beast

17 Responses to "Death Caused by Marijuana Overdose"

  1. hahHahahahaha   January 10, 2018 at 5:35 am


  2. Jon Davis   July 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I’m sorry, I am a skeptic that marijuana is of any good to society, but I don’t buy this article. Half a joint?? OD? No.

  3. chris   September 15, 2014 at 5:27 am

    i personally believe she smoked a legal high ( synthetic cannabis ) and that was the cause of her death ? i have a bad heart and kidneys from it ?

  4. boris johnson   September 6, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Underlying heart condition.

  5. Sonny   September 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Bologna, enough said

  6. cj Gruesbeck   September 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Pretty sure she’s still alive,I mean if the professional autopsy report shows high quantity of cannibonoids as the only abnormality and after the evidence everyone here says its not possible than well she must be alive. Damn facts always get in the way.

  7. STEVE   May 9, 2014 at 4:56 am


  8. Bret   April 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Literally impossible to die from marijuana. This is the most crap propaganda I have ever read! This makes me furious. She had a better chance of dying from fingering herself before bed from an “orgasm overdose”.

    You are lying to this poor woman’s family and I hope you all will realize marijuana is completely safe and had nothing to do with this woman’s death.

  9. Anon   April 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    So if there was a half drunk cup of coffee on the bedside table we could conclude death by caffeine ? The article is pure propaganda from misguided sources that, in my opinion, will only cause the reader to become irritated. This poor woman’s epitaph. Disgraceful.

  10. Scotty   April 14, 2014 at 5:52 am

    the family should be outraged,this is not trure!they need to know the real cause of death…no one can die from weed

  11. Medusa   April 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

    This story is bullcrap! Hellooooo! Impossible and a stupid story written for scare tactics! Get real!

  12. Joey Ortez   March 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    This is the most ridiculous story I’ve ever read. OMG. Where did this doctor study medicine? Cracker Jack box license?

  13. Scott   February 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Doctors are being paid off by the left wingers ,no one has or will die from pot

  14. Angie   February 4, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I don’t believe this for a second. I think these stories are beginning to pop up to counteract all of the evidence supporting legalization of marijuana. The amount that she was smoking, even the amount they said she consumed within a week, would not have been enough to harm her if it had been smoked within an hour. Either it was laced with something else, this is a completely fabricated story, or she had another health problem that we don’t know about. I believe she would have died that night whether she would have had marijuana in her system or not. It’s pathetic that people are going to such drastic measures to keep marijuana illegal, millions of non-violent (and otherwise good citizens) in jail, and an herbal medicine that can help millions of people off of the shelf simply because of an out-dated and misunderstood law.

  15. julie   February 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Maybe she ate a bunch of THC pills too. The combo Im sure would knock spmepne right on their but. Dad story though.

  16. bobby day   February 3, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    i think its impossible to prove and not likely by a long shot

  17. Daniel   February 2, 2014 at 8:58 am

    It sounds like a lazy Coroner. If the THC levels caused the death, how? What was the official cause? Asphyxiation? A-Sistoli? Even in a poisoning death is usually the result of Asphyxiation.


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