A Massachusetts health care system said it is seeing an uptick in children becoming sick after ingesting candies, chocolates and gummies containing THC.
South Shore Health, located in Weymouth, said the many of the THC-laced edibles are packaged to look like brand name candies and snacks.
“Over the past few months, South Shore Health’s pediatric emergency department noted an uptick in incidences involving children who have become ill after ingesting products such as candies, chocolates, sours and ‘gummies’ containing THC,” South Shore Health said in a news release. “One case involved gummies which were packaged to look nearly identical to a leading brand of children’s vitamins.”
The health care system said recently one teen was treated after consuming five (600 mg each) fruit-flavored, THC candies.
„Children often can’t tell the difference between a food product laced with THC and one without. Edibles laced with THC, and intended for adult consumption and dosages, have a greater clinical impact on children based on their smaller size due to the child’s larger “volume of distribution.” said Mark Waltzman, chair of Pediatrics at South Shore Hospital.
South Shore Health said in older children, who may weigh more than younger children, excessive doses of THC can cause a racing heart, drop in blood pressure and the risk of seizures.
According to the health care system, the Massachusetts Poison Control Center is citing recent data showing a trend concerning pediatric ingestions of marijuana edibles.
Over the first three quarters of 2020, the Poison Control Center said 66% of exposure calls were related to pediatric exposure to marijuana products. During the same period, 80% of calls related to marijuana edibles were for pediatric exposure, according to the data.