Cannabis-Related Hospitalizations Among Older Adults Surge Following Marijuana Legalization

Older adult with cannabis leaf

Toronto, June 20, 2024 — The legalization of cannabis in Canada has had unintended consequences for older adults. A recent study conducted in Toronto reveals that cannabis-related hospitalizations among this age group have surged significantly since the country legalized the sale of marijuana. Here’s what you need to know:

The Rise in Cannabis-Related Hospital Visits

  • Researchers analyzed data from Ontario, Canada, between October 2018 and December 2022.
  • During this period, older adults (aged 65 and above) made more trips to the emergency room for cannabis poisoning.
  • The rate of emergency room visits doubled after cannabis flower was legalized in October 2018 and tripled after edibles became legal in January 2020.
  • Cannabis poisoning is not benign for older adults and can lead to various health complications.

Older adult with cannabis leaf

Understanding Cannabis Poisoning

  • Cannabis poisoning occurs when someone uses or ingests too much delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component responsible for creating a high.
  • Symptoms may include anxiety, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate, hallucinations, depressive thoughts, chest pain, and, in rare cases, seizures.
  • Older adults are more susceptible due to factors like medication interactions and existing health conditions.

Reducing the Risk

  • Proper dosages and awareness are crucial.
  • Universal screening for cannabis-related disorders during medical visits can help identify and address potential issues.
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