Ooooooh, be­ware of cannabis candy this Hal­loween!

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

Hal­loween high sounds like a slasher movie in de­vel­op­ment.

but with Health canada ex­pected to le­gal­ize the sale of cannabis ed­i­bles this year, there are con­cerns thc-packed gummy bears, brown­ies, cho­co­late bars, cook­ies and other trippy treats pose a threat to kids.

and it’s easy to see how it could hap­pen.

cannabis candy of­ten looks just like hard or gummy candy, or cho­co­late, so adults should be on the look­out for un­usual candy pack­ag­ing this Hal­loween.

be par­tic­u­larly vig­i­lant about home­made pack­ages.

dr. Jean e. Klig, from the Mass­gen­eral Hos­pi­tal for chil­dren, said in an e-mail to the Sun that the key is parental aware­ness when it comes to treat­ing cannabis ex­po­sure in chil­dren.

Par­tic­u­larly at “high-risk times” like Hal­loween.

“In a time when more cannabis is more widely avail­able over­all, emer­gency medicine physi­cians should re­main vig­i­lant for acute pre­sen­ta­tions of cannabis ex­po­sure in pe­di­atric pa­tients,” Klig said.

She added: “all cases of ac­ci­den­tal cannabis ex­po­sure in chil­dren should be eval­u­ated by child pro­tec­tion ser­vices."

cannabis candy con­tains tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (thc), the main ac­tive in­gre­di­ent that causes a high.

For tod­dlers and young chil­dren, the ef­fects of ac­ci­den­tal in­ges­tion can oc­cur within 30 min­utes to three hours, and symp­toms can in­clude nau­sea and vom­it­ing, hy­per­ki­ne­sis (rapid, jerky move­ment), al­tered men­tal states and coma.

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