The legal sanctioning of cannabis, for either therapeutic or recreational intentions, has demonstrated a consequential increase in cannabis intoxication cases, particularly in adolescents, due to easier access to ingestible cannabis-infused goods.

In an extensive analysis encompassing more than twenty diverse studies, researchers discerned that subsequent to the legalization of cannabis in various regions of the world, incidences of cannabis intoxication experienced a stark rise in numbers. Adolescents, in particular, were subjected to a quadruple risk due to their predilection for the consumption of cannabis-infused ‘edibles’ like gummies.

Although mortal threats from cannabis intoxication are infrequent, taking an excessive quantity could precipitate a number of health concerns. These could range from abnormalities in walking, speaking, and breathing in severe cases or be limited to confusion and nausea in milder scenarios due to an overdose of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive component in cannabis.

Analysts from the University of Sydney meticulously scrutinized the correlation between the increase in cannabis intoxication and the recent legalization in leading nations like the U.S, Canada, and Thailand through the review of 30 erstwhile published studies shedding light on the legalization of therapeutic and recreational use of cannabis.

Unsurprisingly, this review disclosed a directly proportional link between the two, indicating a significant surge in cannabis intoxication incidents subsequent to its legalization. More importantly, the availability of cannabis-infused edible goods was flagged as a leading catalyst.

It is crucial to consider the implications of making this powerful substance more accessible. Illustrated by the increase in poisoning cases, it has been made evidently clear that this freedom comes with a cost. One of the most marked concerns is the appetizing, child-friendly packaging of cannabis-infused edible goods. The question of concern being raised here is, “If potentially noxious substances aren’t allowed to be packaged enticingly to resemble edibles or candies, why should cannabis be exempt from such restrictions?”

To address this pressing issue, researchers recommend increased awareness among parents, introducing child-resistant packaging, and ensuring these products are safely stowed away from children’s possible reach. As legal restrictions are eased, it’s paramount to simultaneously reinforce regulation and awareness strategies to sidestep potential risks and mishaps linked to cannabis usage.

As a disclaimer, the opinions expressed in this article don’t reflect those of High Thailand.

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