Lock up your products from kids and pets

There is an abundance of evidence that with the legalization of marijuana there has been a correlating trend in the incidence of pediatric exposure and over-exposure to cannabis. As a parent, it is important to understand the increased responsibility that comes with having cannabis in your home. Marijuana comes in multiple forms and in many instances may look to children like candy or snacks. A typical cannabis edible contains about 10mg of THC. Unfortunately, kids and pets don’t typically eat just one edible, and the numbers show this.

Yes, cannabis has medicinal properties that are documented and undeniable. However, we still need to take precautions to ensure that those whose who should not have access, do not get access - just as we take precautions to protect our children from pharmaceutical drugs, guns, and alcohol. 

Even if you are simply using marijuana recreationally, which is perfectly legal now in several states, you still have the responsibility to store your products securely and restrict access to those products. If an edible looks like candy or a cookie or some other form of a treat, it will attract the attention of a child.Before I go further, keep in mind that no overdose deaths have been recorded as a result of children accidentally ingesting cannabis products.

With legalization, states have seen an increase in emergency department visits. A primary reason seems to be children ingesting products to which they should not have access. As edible sales have increased, so have calls to poison control centers. In the US, the number of instances of child exposure to marijuana increased from 187 in 2016 to >3,100 in 2021.

In 2021, New Jersey Poison Control Center treated 150 children who ingested cannabis edibles. Dr. Diane Calello, executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School was quoted as saying,

"While potentially deadly effects are fortunately very rare, they are also preventable”

“A visit to the [ER] can be frightening for children and parents. So, safe storage and packaging of these products is a small way to prevent a potentially big problem."

Symptoms of THC overdose can include drowsiness, confusion, trouble breathing, red eyes, and coordination issues. Some of the more severe symptoms can include seizures and neurological impairment.

Legal requirement or not, the responsible thing to do is store youor edibles and medication in a storage box (stash box) with a lock.

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