By ParachuteUpdated May 06, 2022
You might think cannabis is cannabis, no matter where it comes from.
But when cannabis was legalized in 2018, and cannabis edibles followed a year later, a lot of thought went into making sure this legal product was safe to be used, and stored, in our homes.
Edible cannabis is of particular concern because it’s made to taste good and often looks like treats that don't contain cannabis. Children might consume them in great quantities, unaware of the danger an innocuous cookie, gummy candy or chocolate poses. Even adults, without labelling, may not be able to spot the difference between a candy and an edible or a brownie with or without cannabis added.
Children are vulnerable to poisoning from the chemicals in cannabis because of their smaller body size and lower weight. As well, edibles can have a stronger, more prolonged effect on their bodies than other forms of cannabis.
That’s why there are safety rules in place for legal cannabis, which unregulated, illegal products don’t follow—to protect children from potential harm.
If you choose to use cannabis, particularly edibles, look for these safeguards in legal, regulated cannabis that will help prevent children from mistaking it for treats with poisonous consequences.