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In Canada, the legalization of marijuana has opened new avenues for consumption, including the popularization of edibles and cannabis-infused candies. While this shift has brought benefits for adults, it has also sparked concerns about unintended access by children. Recent reports indicate a troubling trend: children inadvertently consuming marijuana-infused products, often belonging to their parents.

The allure of colorful packaging and sweet flavors can make these products appealing to young children, who may mistake them for regular candies or snacks. Accidental ingestion of cannabis edibles can lead to a range of adverse effects in children, including dizziness, nausea, lethargy, and in severe cases, even respiratory depression or psychosis. Such incidents not only pose immediate health risks but also raise questions about responsible cannabis use within households.

To address this pressing concern, proactive measures are essential. Education stands as a cornerstone in preventing accidental consumption. Parents must be well-informed about the potential dangers of cannabis edibles and the importance of storing them securely, out of reach of children. Moreover, fostering open communication with children about the risks associated with marijuana use, tailored to their age and understanding, can empower them to make informed choices and avoid accidental ingestion.

Child-resistant packaging regulations for cannabis products can serve as another line of defense. Stricter guidelines mandating opaque, resealable, and child-resistant packaging for all cannabis edibles and candies can mitigate the risk of accidental exposure. Additionally, clear labeling indicating the presence of cannabis and appropriate warnings can help adults differentiate between regular and infused products, reducing the likelihood of confusion.

Community-wide initiatives, including public awareness campaigns and educational programs in schools, can further reinforce these preventive measures. By fostering a culture of responsible cannabis use and promoting safe storage practices, communities can work collaboratively to safeguard children from unintended exposure to marijuana-infused products.

In navigating the landscape of legalized cannabis, it is imperative to prioritize the safety and well-being of children. Through concerted efforts at the individual, regulatory, and community levels, we can mitigate the risks associated with accidental ingestion of cannabis edibles and ensure a safer environment for all.


Dr. Bhooma Bhayana is a family physician in London and the mother of two young men and proud grandmother of three! She continues to find wonder and enjoyment in family practice despite more than 30 years on the job!


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