According to the Daily Mail, Gemma Moss, 31, is suspected to be the very first woman in Britain to die from cannabis poisoning. Moss suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed after smoking a joint in October of 2013.
After extensive testing, it is now being reported there was nothing found wrong with her vital organs; however, it was discovered that she did have moderate to high levels of cannabis in her system. Moss’ cause of death was then officially registered as cannabis abuse.
Throughout the years, deaths as result of cannabis use are very unusual. In the UK, the first case of death by cannabis toxicity was in 2004 when a 36-year-old man.
“It is extremely rare and unusual for a coroner to rule death from cannabis abuse,” said David Raynes of the National Drug Prevention Alliance in the UK. When cannabis is involved in a death, other substances — such as other drugs and alcohol — are usually a part of the mix.
“Cannabis is known to increase heart rate and blood pressure. Cannabis these days is designed to be much stronger than cannabis used in the sixties to meet demand of users who want a stronger hit,” explains Raynes.
After an investigation into Moss’ death, it was found that she frequently smoked one joint per night to relax. After putting her two sons to sleep, Moss rolled a joint and smoked. She was discovered the next morning by her son’s girlfriend.
Officials found half a joint beneath her body and a small container of pot was found in her purse. Beyond cannabis being found in her bloodstream, Dr. Kudair Hussein, reported there were no other problems found.
“The physical examination and the examination of various organs including the heart and the liver showed no abnormality,” said Kudair. “The level of canabinoids in the blood were 0.1 to 0.15 milligrams per liter, this is considered as moderate to heavy cannabis use.”
Kudair and other experts have concluded that cannabis — in very rare cases — can lead to cardiac arrest.
Health officials have recently reported concerns over the newest batches of pot and whether there will be more similar cases reported.