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Marijuana Intoxication in Children

  • It can take up to an hour for impairment from edibles to take effect. 
  • Encourage your children not to eat candy before you can check their bags, or at least teach them to save all wrappers. 
  • Delta 8 and THC 0 acetate products are readily available, and are just as dangerous! 
  • It is important to understand that most young children will need treatment at a hospital, so take them as soon as you understand what happened!  The long-term effects of poisoning events have not been fully studied as well.  Don’t take any chances!

Call 911 or the Poison Control Helpline at 1-800-222-1222

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The effects of marijuana on children from Children’s Hospital Colorado

What is marijuana? 

Marijuana* (also known as cannabis, weed or pot) is a plant that is commonly used for its psychoactive effects. It is also used medicinally for conditions like chronic pain, cachexia and seizures.

There are various ways to consume marijuana, which include inhalation through smoking or vaporization, and ingestion in edible forms such as baked goods, candies and beverages. Exposure of marijuana products to kids and teens in Colorado has increased since the increased availability of both medical and recreational marijuana in Colorado. 

* Parents and caregivers: Marijuana should be treated as any other drug or medicine, and should be kept out of reach of children. Learn more about safe storage.

What is acute marijuana intoxication?

Acute marijuana intoxication occurs when a person experiences immediate adverse effects from marijuana. This typically occurs after smoking or ingesting marijuana products, and can occur at all ages, and to naïve and chronic users. 

What causes marijuana intoxication or “getting high”?

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinoid (commonly known as THC) is the main psychoactive component in marijuana and is responsible for most symptoms seen after marijuana use. This is the chemical that causes the marijuana “high.”

THC affects many different areas of the brain, which leads to the symptoms of marijuana intoxication like increased appetite, changes in mood, sleepiness and balance problems. Learn more about marijuana from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in their marijuana fact sheets.

How do the symptoms of smoking differ from ingestion?

After smoking or inhaling marijuana, the onset of symptoms is quick (within 5 to 30 minutes), but symptoms typically do not last long (a couple of hours).  

In contrast, after ingestion of marijuana in the form of food or beverage, the onset of symptoms can take as long as one to four hours, and symptoms can last for several hours.

How does this differ in younger kids?

The most common overdose incidents in children occur when the drug has been combined with food in an “edible” form of marijuana. This is because marijuana ingested in this manner can have a stronger and prolonged effect, especially in children under the age of 12 years old. 

In these instances, kids mistake “edible” marijuana (like gummy bears, brownies, lollipops, etc.) for regular food and eat it unknowingly. Small children are at higher risk based on their size and weight.  Because edible products have very high amounts of marijuana, the symptoms are more severe on a small child. Many young children who consume marijuana edibles require hospital admission due to the severity of their symptoms. 

What are the long-term effects of marijuana on children?

Signs and Symptomshow to talk to your child about marijuana long-term effect of acute marijuana exposures on children is unknown, as it has not been systematically studied. Because we don’t yet have the research and science findings to know the full effects, doctors do not fully understand marijuana’s long-term effects on children after acute exposures. Read tips from our experts on how to talk to your child about marijuana.

Pediatric Death Due to Myocarditis After Exposure to Cannabis

Since marijuana legalization, pediatric exposures to cannabis have increased.1 To date, pediatric deaths from cannabis exposure have not been reported. The authors report an 11-month-old male who, following cannabis exposure, presented with central nervous system depression after seizure, and progressed to cardiac arrest and died. Myocarditis was diagnosed post-mortem and cannabis exposure was confirmed. Given the temporal relationship of these two rare occurrences – cannabis exposure and sudden death secondary to myocarditis in an 11-month-old – as well as histological consistency with drug-induced myocarditis without confirmed alternate causes, and prior reported cases of cannabis-associated myocarditis, a possible relationship exists between cannabis exposure in this child and myocarditis leading to death. In areas where marijuana is commercially available or decriminalized, the authors urge clinicians to preventively counsel parents and to include cannabis exposure in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with myocarditis. [Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2017;1(3):166–170.

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Delt -8 THC

EARLY YEARS: Roanoke Valley mom shares story of her 2-year-old accidentally ingesting Delta-8 form of THC
Prevention Council warning parents about cannabis being sold locally in packages that resemble children’s cereal

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Amina Serir didn’t know if her two-year-old daughter, Maya, would ever recover after she ate what looked like Apple Jacks cereal, containing high levels of Delta-8.

“All of a sudden, she comes to me, ‘my face is burning,’” says Serir.

Serir says the small package of cereal had ended up in a basket of snacks the family had brought home from an area pool.

Mother works to draw awareness about ‘pot poisoning’ in children

NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. (WDBJ) – A mother in the New River Valley is taking action, after her toddler was hospitalized after accidentally eating a gummy containing Delta-8 THC.

She’s doing everything she can to keep this from happening to someone else.

“He continued to fade away, no response to cold touch, no response to our voices. And we called 911,” said Kelli Bowman.

Bowman’s toddler became unresponsive after accidentally eating one 50-milligram Delta-8 THC gummy earlier this month.


Delta-9 THC

Teacher Arrested After Student Finds Her Edibles in Prize Box, Sheriff Says

A South Carolina elementary school teacher was charged with drug possession and lost her job after a student went to get a reward from her treasure box—and pulled out a candy marijuana edible

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Gas station attendant sells marijuana Gushers rip-off candy to family without any warning they contain THC

“They basically walked right in the gas station and asked for the products that were behind the counter and they (the edibles) were sold to them,” Roseville Police chief Ryan Monroe said.

Monroe said he is concerned that children won’t be able to tell the difference between the candy and an edible.

“I have small children, one of those looks like one of the treats we used to give our kids all the time,” Monroe said.

Imagine from CBS article
Children increasingly overdosing on marijuana edibles

21 month old was able to open a tin and ate 15 THC gummies and was hospitalized.

“If you’re going to use these substances just realize that they look very attractive to kids, they’re oftentimes packaged in tins or other packages that look very attractive to kids,” said Dr. Brian Schultz, who was part of the team at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., that treated Oliver.


Two children hospitalized after eating THC candy from a food bank

At least five children ate candy containing high THC doses after the Utah Food Bank distributed it as part of their food donations, police said.

Roy City Police

Dramatic increase in poison control center calls for children ingesting marijuana edibles in NY after legalization

Signs of medical marijuana poisoning in children.  Since there is no difference between recreational and medical marijuana, these apply to all cases.

The term “marijuana” typically refers to the tobacco-like preparations of the leaves and flowers of the plant cannabis sativa. The active ingredient is believed to be tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is also responsible for intoxication. Different preparations of marijuana vary in strength. THC concentrations vary with climate, soil, and cultivation techniques. Additionally, THC absorption varies with the route of administration. This activity reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of marijuana toxicity and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in caring for affected patients.

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