How to Keep your Kids Safe around Cannabis Edibles
Updated December 4th, 2019
Cannabis in any form is toxic to children. Parents who use cannabis need to be aware of the risks. Since edibles look like regular food (gummy bears, brownies, lollipops, cookies), children can’t tell the difference. They need to be protected.
Parenting your Kids:
Using cannabis can reduce your ability to pay attention, make decisions and react to emergencies. This can affect your ability to respond to your child’s needs and keep him safe.
You may not notice if your child:
- Is in danger
- Needs medical attention.
- Needs to be comforted
- Shows cues for hunger
- Needs to connect, play and learn
When you consume cannabis edibles the effects are delayed (up to 2-3 hours) and you may end up taking more cannabis then you planned. Consuming cannabis in foods or drinks can make people feel higher than expected and the effects typically last for several hours.
- To ensure your child’s safety always have a plan in place.
- Be sure that there is always someone available who is not high to take care of your child.
- Like alcohol, cannabis affects your judgment and ability to drive.
- No one should ever drive impaired. Know the law.
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