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:

Affected products
Illegal “Copycat” Product Photo
packaged to look like Oreo Cookies, and offered in several flavours
Cheetos products
packaged to look like Cheetos, offered in several varieties
Cheetos PuffsCheetos Crunchy
Nerds Rope
packaged to look like Nerds Rope
Froot Loopz packaged to look like Froot Loops  Froot Loop
(Medicated Sour) Skittles
packaged to look like Skittles
(Sours Medicated) Starburst Gummies  or Cannaburst Gummies Sours
packaged to look like Starburst
Froot LoopzFroot Loopz
Ruffles, Doritos, Fritos
packaged to look like Ruffles, Doritos and Fritos
Ruffles, Doritos, Fritos
(Medicated) Jolly Rancher Gummies Sours
packaged to look like Jolly Ranchers
(Medicated) Jolly Rancher Gummies Sours
Stoney Patch
packaged to look like Sour Patch Kids
Stoney Patch
Airheads Xtremes
packaged to look like Airheads
Airheads Xtremes
(Herbivores Edibles) Twonkie
packaged to look like Twinkies
(Herbivores Edibles) Twonkie
Fruit Gushers
packaged to look like Fruit Gushers
Fruit Gushers
MaryJanerds products including:

  • Sour Watermelon
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Sour Cherry Blasters
  • Fuzzy Peach

packaged to look like Maynard candy brands


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