Pot-Laced Candy: Tempting And Dangerous For Kids
Sweets laced with marijuana. Police are seeing more cases of pot-laced cookies and candies made and sold in states where recreational use of marijuana is allowed, and then imported into states like Texas where marijuana remains illegal. Moreover, they look like the kind of regular treats kids would consume.
Highlights from the interview about pot-laced candy with Dr. Shannon Rickner, a toxicologist with the North Texas Poison Center based at Parkland Hospital in Dallas:
What exactly is pot-laced candy? “It’s chocolates, cookies or some other candies that have marijuana mixed in or they have the oil, the tetrahydrocannabinol, THC for short, that is directly infused into the candy itself. There are recommendations that single servings contain no more than a certain amount of milligrams, but any individual cookie – a small cookie – may have up to eight servings in it.”
Is it intended mostly for recreational use? “The candies have been used as an alternate way to have the effects that the medical marijuana would have, but in states where it has been decriminalized, you could even go to a local café and consume it that way.
Dangers to children: “It’s impossible to tell a gummy bear that has THC in it from a gummy bear that is the normal type of candy that a child would want to eat. In looking at the Texas data, we have had a fairly sharp uptick in 2014 and 2015 of the number of kids younger than age five who have accidentally gotten into these substances.”
Effect of one serving on a child: “As children age, the places that THC will distribute, particularly into the brain, increases as well. The younger the kid, the smaller the kid, the more likely that they’re going to be getting what would be considered getting a toxic dose or too much for their bodies. So we are seeing a little bit more severe consequences the younger kids that do get exposed.”
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