Cadmium is a poison that is a carcinogen (causes cancer), teratogen (changes genetic structure), and is associated with kidney damage and anemia. The Colorado Department of Revenue in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a safety advisory due to unsafe levels of Cadmium, a metal contaminant, on retail marijuana flower produced by several growth companies. This product safety recall was not as publicized as tainted romaine lettuce or other food contaminants.
Substance-related poisonings and injuries in Canada have received increasing attention in recent years due to emerging public health concerns, such as the opioid overdose crisis, the introduction of synthetic cannabinoids to the illicit market and the emergence of electronic cigarettes/vaping products on the Canadian market. Furthermore, there has been a general increase in substance-related hospitalizations