PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Lion King's Young Nala (Khail Toi Bryant) Public Service announcement for cmusa

DANGERS OF CHILDREN EATING AN EDIBLE

AS PARENTS WE WANT ONLY THE BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN. WE TAKE GREAT CARE IN MAKING SURE WE PROVIDE THE BEST IN NUTRITION and health. above all, we want to keep them safe from any potential harm.

THERE IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION THAT one CANNOT OVERDOSE ON MARIJUANA. WHILE THIS TECHNICALLY MAY BE TRUE, IN PRACTICE IT IS MORE COMPLICATED. THERE ARE THREE KEY PROBLEMS WITH EDIBLES IN RELATION TO CHILDREN:

1. APPEARANCE

TODDLERS OFTEN PUT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN THEIR MOUTH. IT’S PART OF THEIR LEARNING PROCESS. AT A GLANCE, EDIBLES LOOK LIKE ANY OTHER NON-FUSED SNACK OUT THERE. 

2. DELAYED EFFECT

WHEN MARIJUANA IS SMOKED, THE EFFECT CAN BE FELT STRAIGHT AWAY. HOWEVER, WHEN AN EDIBLE IS EATEN, THERE IS A DELAY. A CHILD WHO HAS ACCIDENTALLY EATENAN EDIBLE MAY NOT EXPERIENCE NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS UNTIL MUCH LATER AFTER THE EDIBLE IS INGESTED. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. 

3. DOSAGE LEVEL

EDIBLES HAVE A RECOMMENDED DOSAGE FOR ADULTS SO IF A CHILD HAS ACCIDENTALLY EATEN AN EDIBLE, THEY ARE LIKELY TO BE WELL OVER THIS RECOMMENDATION WHICH RESULTS IN A VISIT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. 

KEY INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN ABOUT EDIBLES

INFUSED EDIBLES ARE ALL AROUND US AND WHILE REPUTABLE ESTABLISHMENTS WILL NOT SELL TO MINORS, IT IS UP TO PARENTS TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO IDENTIFY AN INFUSED EDIBLE, ACCIDENTAL INGESTION SYMPTOMS, AND TO HELP THEM MAKE HEALTHY AND INFORMED CHOICES.

  • EMPHASIZE THAT MARIJUANA IS A DRUG AND WHILE IT CAN BE PRESCRIBED, IT CAN BE HARMFUL LIKE ANY OTHER PRESCRIBED AND OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES OUT THERE WHEN NOT USED PROPERLY AND ABUSED. 
  • TEACH THEM TO ASK WHERE ANY SNACK FOOD SHARED WITH THEM CAME FROM. IF THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE BRAND, TELL THEM THAT IT’S OK FOR THEM TO POLITELY REFUSE THE SNACK. 
  • ENCOURAGE THEM TO LEARN THE SIGNS OF A MARIJUANA OVERDOSE AND ITS EFFECTS IN CASE THEY OR A FRIEND EXPERIENCE ANY ACCIDENTAL INGESTION: EXTREME PARANOIA, NAUSEA, INCREASED HEART RATE, UNCONTROLLABLE SHAKING, AND IN SOME CASES HALLUCINATIONS.
  • TELL THEM WHAT TO DO NEXT. GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR THE PERSON EXPERIENCING THE SYMPTOMS AND CONTACT A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

 

please note:

THE INFORMATION ABOVE HAS BEEN PULLED FROM VARIOUS ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS. CANNAMARKUSA MAKES NO CLAIMS AS TO THE ACCURACY OR SOURCE OF THE STATEMENTS ABOVE. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED PARENTS SEEK PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE ON HOW TO ADDRESS CHILDREN AND THE GROWTH OF INFUSED EDIBLES.