News that Gemma Moss, of Bournemouth, England, died after smoking a joint and the local coroner reportedly declared the cause of death ‘cannabis toxicity’ taveled quickly in British tabloids. But doctors and marijuana-experts say that the thought of someone overdosing on pot is ridiculous and virtually impossible.
The coroner who said “cannabis poisoning” killed a British mother of three is likely blowing smoke.
Gemma Moss, 31, a devout Christian, reportedly collapsed and died after smoking half a joint at her home in Bournemouth, England.
Coroner Sheriff Payne found that she had moderate to high levels of pot in her system and attributed her death to cannabis toxicity, according to British news sites such as the Mirror Online and The Telegraph.
“The postmortem could find no natural cause for her death, with the balance of probability that it is more likely than not that she died from the effects of cannabis,” said Payne, according to The Telegraph.
The Daily News reached out to several New York doctors to see if someone could possibly die from pot.
Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, a hospitalist at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Dr. Yasmin Hurd, professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, agreed that it is virtually impossible.
“From half a joint? That’s ridiculous,” Hurd said.
Both said that it is possible for someone to die after smoking pot if it had been laced…