The Number of Youth Accidentally Consuming Marijuana Edibles Increase Drastically

Marijuana edibles are made to look like sweets and this can increase the risk of youth accidentally consuming and could cause accidental poisoning .

With the legalization of marijuana, there have been thousands of children who have accidentally consumed cannabis through edibles and many ending up in the hospital.
A study that was released in the journal Pediatrics, found that in 2017, there were just over 200 reported cases of accidental consumption of cannabis edibles by children under six. In 2021, the number shot up to 3,054 – an increase of 1,375%. This information has been updated since this article was published to add the total number of reported cases of exposures to edible cannabis over the five years of the study. About 8% of these 7,043 children needed critical care in the hospital.
Parents and caregivers who consume edible cannabis products should store them in child-proof containers and keep them out of the reach of children & youth.
Source: Chatterjee, R. (2023, January 3). 3,000+ young children accidentally ate weed edibles in 2021, study finds. NPR. Retrieved January 23, 2023, from

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