We're getting ready to go trick or treating again and if your kids are like mine, they're beyond excited. Last year we didn't go because you know...COVID but this year I can't hold em' back. There is something I want to warn you about though. A sugar high is one thing, but this is much more concerning...
With marijuana becoming legalized and more accessible than ever police are alerting parents to the possibility of cannabis candies ending up in your kids' trick or teat pillowcases.
Unfortunately, marijuana snacks and candies often look a lot like the regular brands we all know and love which can make things confusing. The levels of THC in these treats could have some serious consequences for kids. Poison control centers nationwide have noted that there has been an increase in THC poisoning in children. Hospitals have seen an 108% increase in the issue.
A single serving of an edible cannabis candy usually contains about 10 mg of THC but some snacks can be as high as 600-1,000 mg of THC. If a child were to eat an entire snack at those levels that would be 100 times the maximum legal adult dosage!
— AG William Tong (@AGWilliamTong) October 26, 2021
Edibles are 120 times the potency of a single adult serving when eaten by a child.
The Department of Homeland Security says that the most common overdoses for kids across the country are due to cannabis foods. This problem is becoming more and more widespread due to the new and innovative ways we can consume it. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported hotlines getting almost 3,000 calls about children eating cannabis products in 2021. Just keep a close eye on those wrappers! Read more about it here.
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