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  •  The LD-50 for marijuana (8+ / 0-)

    is estimated between 1:20000 and 1:40000. In real terms, this means that a normal adult person would have to smoke 1500 POUNDS of marijuana in a 15 minute period to get a lethal dose. (DEA)

    The LD-50 for alcohol is a .40 BAC. That's about 5-6 drinks per hour for 4 hours for a 200 lb. man (less for women--these are best guesstimates based on BAC, which varies wildly between sexes, individuals, and heavy drinkers vs. non-drinkers).

    In terms of toxicity, alcohol is far more toxic.

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 09:23:53 AM PST

    •  100 pounds a minute? (5+ / 0-)

      Could a person even inhale that much smoke?  You'd choke first, I'd gather.  I would also doubt that you could burn that much pot in a minute.  Or if you could it would be a huge fire and probably very hot.  The hot gasses in your lungs would probably cause 3rd degree internal burns.

      Let alone could a normal human AFFORD to do that?

      LOL, but I guess the practical consideration would put the LD-50 a lot lower, but because of asphyxiation and/or burn potential, not the lethal dose of the drug.

      •  Yeah-- (4+ / 0-)

        LD-50 just measures toxicity, not practical things like method of delivery. And no, it certainly wouldn't be possible. Which, of course, is the point--you literally CANNOT die from using marijuana. Unless you get high and fall off a building or something. Alcohol, it's scarily easy to OD.

        "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

        by zaynabou on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 10:27:22 AM PST

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