Weed is very appealing not only to young people, but to entire generations who like the sweet, indulgent taste of freedom in their brains, stuffed with THC. Marijuana is known to be harmless for most of people who use it for recreational purposes, and helpful for the ones who use it as pain therapy. Not a single thing in this world is completely harmless though and such is the case with marijuana. Public health officials in Washington are facing a pretty delicate matter.
The state representatives declare they are deeply concerned about children accidentally ingesting marijuana. For young brains, THC could be pretty dangerous, as it plays with some dimensions of consciousness and conscience altogether and the effects pot could bring on young people’s brains and bodies are not to be ignored.
The Washington Poison center recently declared that in the first half of this year, they have received 32 calls about children suffering from marijuana exposure. The numbers are on a constant pace of growth, as a previous report stated only 24 such cases in the first half of 2014.
The total number of marijuana edibles intoxication has meet a rise of 73% compared to 2013. Officials face concern in front of the increasing number of young people being affected by marijuana edibles abuse.
Numbers are alarming the more so children under the age of 5 account for 30% of marijuana intoxications, with 11 incidents reported in 2014 and 6 in 2015. More than half of the percentage of children intoxicated were in need of medical care from the poisoning.
As long as marijuana edibles take the shape of candy, baked goods or chocolate, children can find it easy to indulge themselves in tasting some of the sweets that look so appealing. Intoxication data gathered by now might be incomplete, as it was reported voluntarily up to the present moment. Officials declare that they probably underestimate the real number of unwanted marijuana intoxications in Washington State.
As an initial measure for the concerning matter, The Washington Poison Center has been doing a lot of efforts to promote its hotline and at the same time some marijuana edibles producers have put the hotline number on their packaging. This being brought to light, could mean that the public has raised awareness over the poison center. On the other hand, people could simply feel comfortable to call for help now that marijuana is made legal in a high number of states. However, pot edibles are extremely dangerous for children who must be kept away from exposure to such products.
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