As more and more states are legalizing marijuana, it makes it easier for kids to accidentally ingest tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing foods and candies, also known as edibles. Parents need to be diligent in keeping their kids safe from accidental exposure to edibles, especially gummies.
What are THC edibles?
THC-infused foods and candies are also known as marijuana edibles. They look very similar, if not identical, to common everyday foods and candies you can find in any grocery or convenience store. Some examples include:
· Gummy candies
· Chocolates & other sweet or tart candies
· Cookies and other baked goods
The primary concern with THC-infused edibles is that they look and taste just like regular foods and candies that don’t contain THC. People may not be able to tell the difference in look or taste between regular items and those infused with marijuana (THC).
Consuming high amounts of THC can cause significant effects. Consuming any significant amount of THC can cause undesirable effects. Some symptoms of these undesirable effects could include:
· Altered perception
· Intoxicated state
· Panic or paranoia
It is important to note that a recommended serving size (by the person or manufacturer of the product) for edibles varies greatly by product and can at times be as little as a portion of one piece. It is also important to note that there is no recommended dose for a child as it is not legal in any state for children to consume.
Edibles can be potentially dangerous, especially to small children. The effects can be delayed and sometimes take hours to appear. People experimenting for the first time with THC containing edibles might take more than is recommended, thinking they are not feeling the “effects”. This can lead to potentially ingesting more than the recommended amount or enough to cause undesirable effects. Call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222 if you have any questions or concerns about a potential poisoning from a THC-infused product.
For more information on this topic and other poisoning concerns, visit www.poisoncontrol.org.
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