Thailand: Cannabis Sends Children To Hospitals, Several Incidents Reported

Children as young as 3 years old have been involved in a spate of severe, potentially life-threatening, cannabis-related cases recorded by the Royal College of Paediatricians of Thailand and the Paediatric Society of Thailand, according to the organizations.

Last week, Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt expressed his worries about the health and safety of Thai children after the June 9 decriminalization of cannabis, which was also echoed by a number of health specialists.

The Chief of Chulalongkorn Hospital’s Emerging Infectious Disease Clinical Centre, Associate Professor Dr Opass Putcharoen, made an announcement on Facebook the other day about a 3-year-old daughter who consumed cannabis from an unidentified relative’s stash of cookies. According to reports, the toddler was sent to the hospital for treatment after becoming tired and subdued and has since recovered.

In the span of only a few days in June, a total of six instances were documented.

For the second time in a week, an unwitting 14-year-old patient of a mental health facility was found to have taken an accidental hit of cannabis. The teenager’s demeanor altered as a result of his confusion. He was taken to a hospital and returned.

Another adolescent from the Phichit region has acknowledged using a few cannabis blossoms for amusement’s sake. The 17-year-old developed hallucinations, became irrational, and sought to self-harm. He was also given medical attention before he was sent home.

Unable to control his anxiety, another adolescent attempted to harm himself after using cannabis supplied to him by a friend. His mom intervened and kept him from harming himself. After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the teenager, 16, was ordered to remain away from school while receiving psychiatric treatment.

A second 16-year-old in Bangkok with a history of mental issues took cannabis-laced chocolate and vomited, according to the Bangkok Post. As the child’s anxiety increased, he started seeing hallucinations.

It’s also worth noting that a schoolteacher from Nakhon Si Thammarat questioned a student in class to check on his well-being after becoming concerned about the kid’s weight loss and lack of energy. For the last year, the adolescent admitted to using cannabis. The teen, who was 17 at the time, was taken to the doctor and treated at home.

As a result, the Royal College of Paediatricians and the Paediatrics Society of Thailand advised physicians who treat children with cannabis-related symptoms to report any such instances so that they may maintain a record of all occurrences and devise ways to safeguard Thailand’s kids from the drug’s detrimental effects.

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