the cannabis is often controversial, because it has negative effects and benefits for the organization. Nevertheless, the sale of consumer products containing cannabis has been legalized in some countries like Canada. The aim of this maneuver was above all to decrease the attraction of this drug on young people. However, a recent study shows that this measure has not had the desired effect in Canada.
A research on the cases ofcannabis poisoning in children under 10 in the Ontario region prove. According to the results, there is nine times more emergency room visits per month for this type of intoxication. Moreover, the legalization of cannabis for recreational use coincides with this increase.
the Dr Daniel Myran is the main author of this research which was published on January 7, 2022. He is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine. It is also postdoctoral researcher at The Ottawa Hospital.
No children have died from cannabis poisoning
The work of Dr Myran and his team spread between January 2016 and March 2021. Throughout this period they have counted 522 emergency room visits for cannabis poisoning at the less than 10 years. The researchers noted that the patients had on average three years and nine months. Among these many cases, there were no deaths. However, 171 of them had to be hospitalized and 19 went to intensive care.
“We have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of emergency room visits for cannabis poisoning among children under 10 years of age after cannabis legalization and the legalization of cannabis edibles seems to be a key factor. “
Dr Daniel Myran
Steps taken to reduce cannabis poisoning have had the opposite effect
During the pre-legalization period (January 2016 – September 2018), the number of emergency room visits for children under ten amounted to 81. In 25% of cases, hospitalization was necessary. Following the flower legalization, seed and of cannabis oil (October 2018 – January 2020), cannabis addicts were more numerous. With 124 children after entering the emergency room, 24% had to be hospitalized.
However, the legalization of consumer products and other products containing cannabis resulted in an even greater increase. In barely a year (February 2020 – March 2021), the number of emergency room visits has reached 317. Even the hospitalization rate has climbed to 39%.
In fact, the average emergency visits per month triple between each of these three periods. At the start, it was 2.5 and rose to 7.8 and finally reached 22.6 cases per month.