Pot-Laced Goodies Can Poison a Child
These pastries and candies pose serious risks to kids, physicians warn
FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cupcakes, brownies and candies containing marijuana can look irresistible to kids -- but eating even one treat might poison them, a leading group of U.S. pediatricians warns.
With marijuana legal in recreational or medicinal form in more than half of U.S. states, edible forms are a popular alternative to smoking pot. But, parents must take steps to keep these potential temptations away from their children, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A single pot cookie or candy bar can contain several times the recommended adult dose of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Eating one of these edibles can cause overdose effects such as intoxication, altered perception, anxiety, panic, paranoia and heart problems, according to a news release from the doctors' group.
Here are some tips from the pediatricians for keeping your children away from pot-enhanced foods and beverages:
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about marijuana.
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