A Louisiana woman appears to be the first person on record whose death has been ruled a marijuana overdose, but some medical experts are not sure that was the true cause.
The 39-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment in February, but an autopsy found she had healthy organs, no illnesses, and no elevated traces of alcohol or other drugs in her body.
“It looked like it was all THC because her autopsy showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death,” coroner Christy Montegut said. The level of THC in her blood was 15 times the detection threshold which led him to rule the death as a THC overdose.
The woman’s boyfriend told investigators she used a marijuana vaping pen and had been to the ER three weeks before she died because of a chest infection.
There have been no recorded deaths due to a marijuana overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Doctors and medical experts disagreed with Montegut’s finding, with one calling it “incredibly unlikely.”