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Cannabis Poisoning Among BC Children B.C. Injury Research and Prevention Unit


The recreational use of cannabis—also known as marijuana, weed, or pot—became legal in Canada in October 2018. This drug is commonly used among Canadian youth. This psychoactive substance can elicit feelings of euphoria when consumed in moderation, but can have negative effects if too much is consumed or if the users are inexperienced. Young children are vulnerable to poisoning from inadvertently consuming cannabis and products containing cannabis (e.g., edibles, topicals). This study looked at cannabis poisonings among children aged 16 years or younger who were treated at the BC Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department before and two-months after legalization.

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