Study: Children accidentally eating cannabis edibles up by more than 1000%

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(CNN) – A new study shows the number of children who accidentally ate cannabis edibles in the U.S. jumped well over a 1,000% in recent years.

In 2017, there were about 200 reported cases of accidental edible cannabis exposure among kids under age 6.

By 2021, there were more than 3,000 cases.

The surge in exposures was reported in a study published Tuesday in The Journal of Pediatrics.

It’s not exactly clear what has led to the large increase, but one of the study’s co-authors thinks it’s due to multiple factors.

For one, kids were home more often during the pandemic… Perhaps providing more opportunities for cannabis exposure.

There are also more states that have legalized recreational cannabis in recent years.