Because of cannabis, over 10,000 consumers have to go to the clinic
In Germany, an average of 28 people have to go to hospital every day because of the consumption of cannabis. In 2012 there were a total of more than 10,000 hospital stays that were attributable to mental and behavioral disorders caused by cannabinoids. The number of cases has almost tripled within ten years.
Cases have tripled In Germany, an average of 28 people come to the hospital every day for consuming cannabis products. As the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) announced on Tuesday in Hamburg, citing data from the Federal Statistical Office, a total of 10,142 hospital stays in the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012 were diagnosed with "Psychological and behavioral disorders caused by cannabinoids." The number has increased over the past ten years of cases almost tripled.
Far more hospital stays for alcohol According to the information, four out of five patients with this diagnosis were male and only one fifth of the hospital stays were women. Statistically, the patients stayed in the clinic for 12.3 days. However, according to the dpa news agency, the number of hospital stays attributable to alcohol was much higher: 345,034 cases were recorded at the time. And the number of hospital stays for opioids such as heroin, at 26,512 cases, was significantly higher than for cannabis.
Cannabis allegedly proven to be the cause of death It was only a few days ago that news circulated that German scientists are said to have demonstrated that cannabis use can also lead to death. For example, legal doctors at the University Hospital Düsseldorf found heart failure to be the cause of death in two men aged 23 and 28 as a result of their cannabis use. Dr. Benno Hartung, medical examiner and co-author of the case report, which was published in the journal "Forensic Science International", said: "To our knowledge, these are the first cannabis deaths worldwide that have been completely investigated according to today's scientific standards." There are doubts about these results.
Consuming 1,500 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes At the end of the 1980s, the United States Drug Control Agency (DEA) was desperately trying to kill cannabis experimental animals to determine an LD-50 (the dose fatal to 50 percent of the test subjects) for the drug . They came to the conclusion that this is physically impossible. The DEA report said: “A number of researchers have unsuccessfully attempted to determine the LD-50 value for marijuana from laboratory animals. In simple terms, the researchers were unable to give the animals enough marijuana to cause their death. ”The LD-50 value of marijuana is estimated at 1: 20,000 or 1: 40,000. According to this, a smoker would have to consume 20,000 or 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in a joint in order to cause death. The DEA report says, "A smoker would theoretically have to consume 1,500 pounds of marijuana within 15 minutes to cause a fatal reaction."
Aspirin more lethal than cannabis For comparison, it should also be noted that the LD-50 value of aspirin is 1:20 and for the overwhelming majority of all prescription drugs, the value is 1:10 or often even lower. So aspirin would be at least a thousand times more deadly than cannabis. Cannabis expert Dr. Grotenhermen sees the findings of the colleagues from Düsseldorf with skepticism: "Most of the time there is no cause in the case of sudden cardiac death, and if one now finds THC in those affected, then that says nothing about the cause." But he also points to possible dangers: "It is not advised to anyone to use cannabis with heart disease, nor to anyone with schizophrenia. ”(sb)