Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Newfangled marijuana products — edibles, concentrates, vapes — are driving an overall increase in pot-related calls to U.S. poison control centers, a new study shows.
There were more than 11,100 calls related to marijuana use in 2019, up from about 8,200 in 2017, researchers said.
More and more of those calls are related to manufactured products that contain distilled amounts of THC, CBD, and other chemicals found in cannabis.
“We saw this generalized increase in calls nationally,” said lead researcher Julia Dilley, an epidemiologist with the Oregon Public Health Division in Portland.
“But when we dug into it, that increase is being driven by these manufactured products,” Dilley continued. “Flower cannabis exposure calls are actually declining.”
Pot plant exposures made up the bulk of calls to centers in 2017, with 7,146 pertaining to marijuana plants and just 1,094 related to manufactured products. But by 2019, calls related to manufactured products totaled 5,503 while pot plant exposure prompted 5,606 calls.
The findings were published May 24 in the journal JAMA Network Open.
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