Brochure: How to help prevent cannabis poisoning in children
Organization: Health Canada
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Know the signs and what to do
Accidental poisonings in children from edible cannabis products are a serious risk. Hospitals have seen an increase in visits to the emergency room and poison centres have seen an increase in calls.
Poisonings can be life-threatening, sometimes resulting in coma, being put on a ventilator, or in rare cases, even death.
Keep cannabis away from children
- Safely store your cannabis out of reach and locked away
- Keep edible cannabis separate from regular food and drinks
- Choose legal cannabis products, which:
- come in plain, child-resistant packaging
- contain no more than 10 mg of THC per package, to reduce the risk of accidental poisoning
- In contrast, illegal edible cannabis:
- can confuse children by mimicking popular brands of candies and snacks
- can contain very high amounts of THC, which increases the risk of severe cannabis poisoning
Know the signs of a cannabis poisoning
Symptoms can include:
- slurred speech
- unsteadiness on feet
- slowed breathing
- seizures (rare)
Suspect a poisoning?
- Call your local poison centre or 9-1-1 for emergencies
- Say that you suspect the symptoms are from cannabis. A quicker diagnosis can prevent serious harm to a child
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