More and more Americans are calling for poison control after ingesting too much of it
A new report suggests that people of all ages are more likely to call poison control centers about cannabis. Researchers involved in the study believe this may increase due to the legalization of marijuana.
The report, published on JAMA Network Open, found that more than 28,000 people called poison controls between January 2017 and December 2019. 38.5% of phone calls were related to cannabis poisoning from products such as edibles and vapes. Adults aged 21 and over were more likely to call for help.
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Cannabis products such as vapes, tinctures, and edibles are more likely to trigger strong reactions in users such as nausea, paranoia, dizziness, vomiting, and more. These products tend to be more concentrated and sometimes contain harmful additives that are not fully understood, such as the vitamin E additive in certain vape pens. This has been linked to EVALL disease, which gained prominence in 2019.
Still, researchers caution about the strength of cannabis strains today and how people who work in the cannabis industry should take the necessary precautions to avoid exposing people to risk.
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“Applying regulatory controls to market-driven innovations in potency and additives is key,” researchers wrote. “New cannabis users are often advised to ‘start low, walk slowly’; these guidelines may equally apply to the regulation of new retail cannabis markets and products. “
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With an evolving cannabis landscape and new users, it is important that those in charge of the industry provide guidance and regulations. Although cannabis has many medicinal effects and relatively mild side effects, users need to be educated about proper usage and should know that cannabis products are stronger than ever.