Potent pot, vulnerable teens trigger concerns

 

Source: Jennifer Oldham, Washington Post ( Paid Registration )

With some marijuana products averaging 68 percent THC—exponentially greater than the pot baby boomers once smoked—calls to poison control centers and visits to emergency rooms have risen across the U.S. In the Denver area, visits to Children’s Hospital Colorado facilities for treatment of cyclic vomiting, paranoia, psychosis and other acute cannabis-related symptoms jumped to 777 in 2015, from 161 in 2005.

The increase was most notable in the years following legalization of medical sales in 2009 and retail use in 2014, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health published in 2018.

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