If a three-year-old child finds a cookie on the table, they are likely to eat it.
As more and more states legalize the use of cannabis and derivative products, it is not surprising that more and more children are exposed (including eating cannabis food). Research briefing Published in a magazine Pediatrics The survey found that between 2017 and 2019, there were 9,172 calls to regional poison control centers, involving marijuana exposure to infants and children under 9 years of age. About half are related to food.
The frequency of these calls and the percentage related to food consumption increased during the two-year period. Not surprisingly, in states where marijuana is used legally, the incidence of such exposure is twice the rate in states where marijuana is used illegally.
More calls for food involving young children
The most common age group is 3 to 5 years old, which makes sense: at this age, they are old enough for their parents to look away for a minute or two, but they are not old enough to understand why they shouldn’t eat that Brownie, bear or a piece of chocolate.
Fortunately, most of the effects of these exposures are mild-but 15% of the effects are moderate and 1.4% are severe. In rare cases, large intakes can cause breathing difficulties and even coma.That is Eating problem: It is difficult to know how much cannabis is in each cannabis, it is easy to ingest a lot, and the effect can last for a long time.
It is also important to remember that this is only a study of Calling Poison Center. It is impossible to know how many exposures have never been reported-including exposures that are completely inadvertent by a parent or caregiver.
Safety first: children and marijuana
Obviously, some regulations are needed around labeling and child-safe packaging. However, the immediate measure is that parents and others should not buy cannabis foods that may be attractive to children (just as it is best not to buy detergent pods that look like candy). If you do buy cannabis food that your child might want to eat, you need to always store it safely out of reach.
When parents bring their children to visit friends, it may be a good idea to add cannabis food to the list of safety questions to ask. Think about something like, “Hey, our daughter is still very young and very curious, so we want to ask about things like matches, guns, drugs, marijuana food, or other things that may pose a danger to her… Is there anything she can touch?”
This may be a bit awkward, but if you set it up quickly and regularly, you can reduce the awkwardness. In the end, it is a bit awkward to ensure the safety of the child.
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