Deaths from cannabis poisoning are rare and Miss Moss is believed to be the first female in Britain to have died from the toxicity of the drug, although in 2004 a 36 year old man also died from cannabis toxicity. However, cannabis deaths have been recorded in other countries. Whilst the risk of death from the drug is low, there are other dangerous effects from using cannabis.
Tragically, Miss Moss was aware that smoking cannabis was an unhealthy habit and had tried to cut down. After once being a regular user of the drug, according to her mother, she quit 2 years before her tragic death. However, she started using the drug again after suffering from depression and having difficulties sleeping.
In recent year, cannabis has been cultivated to become a lot stronger. Therefore, the myth that cannabis is a “natural” drug is now completely redundant. Because little research has been done on the stronger strains of the drug, it is difficult to know what the long term effects are.
The physical effects of cannabis are similar to those of smoking. These include coughing, chest infections, high blood pressure heart disease and cancer.
Contrary to popular belief, cannabis also has similar addictive properties to smoking. Regular use can lead to cravings, even if the user has not used for a long time. Withdrawal symptoms can include irritability, nausea, mood changes and insomnia. Tragically, it was the insomnia that Miss Moss tried to treat with cannabis use. According to the coroner, this claimed her life.