Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the risk of serious harm if children accidentally consume edible cannabis. Health Canada is aware of several cases of children being hospitalized, particularly after consuming products that are illegal and unregulated.
Illegal edible cannabis products may be packaged to look like popular brands of candies, snacks or other food products that are typically sold at grocery stores, gas stations and corner stores. These products are illegal and prohibited under the Cannabis Act and itsRegulations.
Legal cannabis products are packaged in plain packaging, which helps reduce their appeal to youth and avoids them being confused with other products. Legal cannabis product packaging also comes with a Health Warning Message in a yellow box, the red cannabis symbol, an excise stamp, and is packaged in child-resistant packaging to prevent children from being able to open the product.
Examples of copycat illegal edible cannabis can include cereal and snack foods such as chips, cheese puffs, cookies, chocolate bars, and a variety of popular candies in colorful packaging. These products can contain high amounts of THC, which increases the risk of experiencing adverse effects or poisoning. Parents and children may not be able to recognize these products as anything other than their favourite brands of candy or snack foods.
Children and pets are at a greater risk of cannabis poisoning. Although cannabis poisoning is not known to be fatal, accidentally consuming too much cannabis at a time (also known as cannabis poisoning) can lead to temporary adverse affects
Examples of illegal edible cannabis products that Health Canada is aware of include the following:
|Illegal “Copycat” Product||Photo|
packaged to look like Oreo Cookies, and offered in several flavours
packaged to look like Cheetos, offered in several varieties
packaged to look like Nerds Rope
|Froot Loopz packaged to look like Froot Loops|
|(Medicated Sour) Skittles
packaged to look like Skittles
|(Sours Medicated) Starburst Gummies or Cannaburst Gummies Sours
packaged to look like Starburst
|Ruffles, Doritos, Fritos
packaged to look like Ruffles, Doritos and Fritos
|(Medicated) Jolly Rancher Gummies Sours
packaged to look like Jolly Ranchers
packaged to look like Sour Patch Kids
packaged to look like Airheads
|(Herbivores Edibles) Twonkie
packaged to look like Twinkies
packaged to look like Fruit Gushers
|MaryJanerds products including:
packaged to look like Maynard candy brands