Cannabis edibles are great and can be very important for your medical reasons. And also recreational. But what if you have children around the house?
Edibles can be appealing to children if they come in the form of cookies or candies. Your child will not die from downing a cannabis edible on accident. But there are real risks if your young kid gets into your edibles, inviting adverse effects for them and legal consequences for you.
That doesn’t mean you should never be able to take edibles! But if you plan to make or eat them in the home you share with children, these best practices will help you create a child safe environment in your house.
Lock ’em up
Treat it like any medication: Store it out of children’s reach in child-resistant containers or a lockbox. Never keep marijuana edibles with other foods because some edibles are packaged to resemble familiar treats, like gummy bears and brownies, and your child won’t be able to tell the difference. If visitors bring edibles or weed into your house, make sure it’s always out of children’s reach.
Choose Your Infusions
Unlike joints or dabs, sweets have fairly universal appeal for children, and whipping up a batch of cupcakes or brownies is guaranteed to pique their interest. Instead, consider sticking to basics like cannabis oil and cannabis butter
Versatile and relatively easy to create, base infusions can be crafted in small batches and easily incorporated into foods that adults love, but most little ones don’t. Drizzle some infused cannabis oil over those veggies, or use your Cannabis oil to make Bulletproof Coffee.
If you have children around the house, keep your dosages smaller. A 1000mg THC cookie will not have the same effect as a 5mg cookie. Any edible that contains large amounts of THC and comes in the wrong hands of anyone. Will have a horrible experience from it. If a kid takes 1 bite of a 5mg THC cookie he or she will most likely not get any serious effects from it. But High doses will send your kid to the emergency room.
Regardless of whether you’ve got kids in the house, labelling prevents you and anyone else who might open your fridge or cupboard from confusing regular foods with infused ones.
When in doubt, overdo it. Tracking interesting culinary details, like times, temperatures, strain names, and ingredient ratios will help you become a better cannabis cook. Adding those details directly onto containers of edibles means that literate people who come upon them will know what they’re in for if they sneak a treat. For extra safety with little ones, consider creating your own edibles symbol and training your kids to recognize that anything that bears it is off-limits for them.
Talk To Your Child
Locking and labelling are essential, but the most effective prevention strategies mitigate for human error. If you feel the conversation is age-appropriate, you can gain extra assurance by showing your kids your infused foods. Let them know that if they ever see this cookie, or that label, that it’s not for them. Remind them that your infused edibles are grownup treats that can make kids and pets very sick, and that if they ever find them out of their locked container, they’re to alert you immediately.