Usage of Edible Marijuana Is Rising Among Kids, Study Finds!

Since the beginning of the epidemic, there has been a “substantial increase” in hospitalizations due to the intake of edibles by children under the age of six, according to the report. An increasing number of states have legalized recreational marijuana usage, and a new study finds that this has led to an increase in the inadvertent ingestion of Marijuana sweets such as brownies and gummies by children younger than six.

On Tuesday, research analyzing reports of childhood exposure to edibles from 2017 through 2021 appeared in the journal Pediatrics. According to the authors, “there has been a steady increase in pediatric edible cannabis exposures over the past five years, with the potential for substantial harm.”

The study, which relied on data from the National Toxin Data System, found that in 2020, incidents of pediatric edible Marijuana ingestion accounted for more than 40 percent of all human poison exposures reported that year.

Hospitalization rates are rising in tandem with the number of cases where “these exposures potentially cause substantial toxicity,” the authors noted. More than 7,000 cases of unintentional ingestion by children aged 5 and under were reported between 2017 and 2021, an increase of 1,375 percent.

Almost always, the eating took place in someone’s home. According to the survey, nearly 90% of the incidents occurred in the child’s own household. Hospitalization rates were high overall, with about 23% of patients requiring medical attention, and there was a “substantial rise in both I.C.U. and non-I.C.U. admissions,” according to the report.

Since the start of the pandemic, the number of patients admitted to critical care, the number of patients admitted to noncritical care beds, and the number of patients treated in emergency rooms has all increased, suggesting an increase in “acute toxicity” associated with such cases, according to the study.

Central nervous system depression was the most common adverse health result among kids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the effects of this drug include slurred speech, low blood pressure, and drowsiness.

The authors proposed a number of reasons for the increase in cases, including the increased availability of legal marijuana products over the last decade and more time spent at home during the early months of the Covid-19 outbreak, when schools and daycare institutions were closed.

In addition, they pointed out that many marijuana edibles are “presented in brightly colored, tempting packaging that is identical in design to how candy and snack goods are advertised,” which makes them especially appealing to young people.

Recreational marijuana usage is now legal in 21 states after voters in Maryland and Missouri approved ballot measures in November, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. It was with much hoopla and long lines that New York’s first dispensary for legally selling recreational marijuana debuted last week in Greenwich Village, after the recreational use of Marijuana was made legal in the state in 2021.

Some of the first jurisdictions to legalize recreational marijuana use, such as Massachusetts and Colorado, have seen an increase in unintentional overdoses of marijuana edibles by young people, according to several studies that analyzed pediatric emergency care visits and reports to regional poison centers.

Laws requiring tamper-evident packaging for marijuana products have been passed in some states to limit access by minors. Edible marijuana is illegal in Colorado if it is shaped like a fruit, animal, or human. According to a recent poll by Gallup, 68% of American people are in favor of legalizing marijuana, an all-time high.

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