Cannabis Edibles: What Are They and How to Safely Store Them From Children
Are edibles dangerous for children? They can be. Across the country, many states have begun loosening restrictions on cannabis (marijuana, weed) products. As access to cannabis spreads, Poison Centers have seen an increase in children accidently eating cannabis edibles.
Keep reading to learn what cannabis edibles are, why they are potentially dangerous to kids, and what to do if a child accidentally eats a cannabis edible.
What is a cannabis edible?
A cannabis edible (also called ‘edibles’) is any food or beverage item that contains cannabinoids. Cannabis edibles contain the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, cannabis edibles may also contain cannabidiol (CBD) or other types of THC. Edibles come in many shapes and sizes, from savory chips to seltzer drinks to candies. The packaging of some edibles often resembles brands and foods children are familiar with, like Doritos or gummy worms.
Why are cannabis edibles dangerous for children?
Cannabis edibles have varying amounts of THC. For example, a cannabis infused chocolate bar may contain 100 mg of THC, twenty times the recommended serving size for an adult. Since cannabis edibles look and taste like candy or other treats, children are more likely to accidentally eat them.
In young children, cannabis can cause symptoms, ranging from things like vomiting, dizziness and mild drowsiness, to more serious symptoms like changes in blood pressure and heart rate, trouble breathing, and even coma in extreme cases.
How to prevent your child from eating cannabis edibles:
The easiest way to prevent pediatric exposure to THC is to properly and safely store any cannabis products in your home. For example, store any cannabis products in child-safe containers or a medication lock box, and keep them in high places, like upper cabinets.
Avoid cannabis edibles that look similar to common branded products your child may be used to consuming.
What to do if your child ingests a cannabis edible:
Whether or not symptoms are present, if you suspect a child in your care has consumed a cannabis edible or other forms of THC, you should contact Poison Help for expert advice. You can call 1-800-222-1222 or visit PoisonHelp.org for online support from a live agent.