“In war, truth is the first casualty.”
As the world watches America make moves to legalise cannabis, a worrying trend is emerging in the UK where the war on drugs continues. Earlier this year Disinfo brought you the surprising news that the UK Government owned National Health Service had recorded the drug as a cause of death. Now the Daily Mail has published another curious report claiming further fatalities.
It is possible to die as a direct result of smoking cannabis, new research shows.
German scientists have identified two people who died purely as a result of smoking the drug.
It was previously known that using marijuana could be fatal if it was used in conjunction with other drugs – such as by triggering heart conditions or by causing cancer.
Now, scientists at the University Hospital Düsseldorf in Germany have carried out the first full post mortem examinations on people who have died after using the drug.
The team, led by Dr Benno Hartung, carried out 15 examinations.
They performed tests including toxicology tests and genetic tests to rule out any other causes of death.
They discovered that the deaths of two of the patients could not be put down to anything other than marijuana use.
The Daily Mail’s source for the story is the respected New Scientist magazine which refers back to the unusual story of a cannabis death in the UK referred to earlier.
Without wearing your conspiracy theory hat the benefits of the UK’s drugs policy are unclear, it helps fund organised crime to the tune of billions each year. If you believe there is some sort of deal between criminals and Government these recent stories are a significant worry.