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Children and Cannabis Edibles

Marijuana edibles look exactly like candy, cookies or brownies. A child would have no way of knowing whether or not these edibles contain an illicit substance or come from the shopping aisle at your local supermarket.

Often it takes somewhere between 30 minutes to two hours for the substance to hit a young child’s system and have substantial effects.

Signs your child may have eaten edibles

Initial Effects:

  • Awkward speech
  • Dizziness or being off balance

After an hour or two you may see:

  • Sleepiness
  • Vomiting
  • Falling down and acting strangely
  • Loss of consciousness

If you have these products in your household, they should be locked up and kept somewhere that children cannot get to them.

If your child does ingest an edible of any type – chocolate or gummy – that contains cannabis or any type of illicit substance, then bring them directly to a hospital.

Stony Brook University Hospital is the only ACS-verified Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center in Suffolk County. This is the highest-level trauma designation by the New York State Department of Health. 

This article is intended to be general and/or educational in nature. Always consult your healthcare professional for help, diagnosis, guidance and treatment.