Protect Children and Pets from Cannabis Poisoning
Federal health officials are warning of adverse events in children from gummies, chocolates, beverages, vapes, and other products that contain cannabis ingredients. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, hundreds of reports to the National Poison Data System have been linked to insufficiently labeled products containing delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). Parents are urged to keep these products out of reach of children and pets to avoid accidental exposure.
It is important for consumers to be aware that delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context. Additionally, manufacturers are packaging and labeling these products in ways that may appeal to children (gummies, chocolates, cookies, candies, etc.). These products may be purchased online and at convenience stores and gas stations, where there may not be age limits on who can purchase them.
Since product packaging for delta-8 THC products can look like regular snacks, candies, and other edible items, Hillsborough County Code Enforcement is working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and other community partners to educate local retailers about state requirements for sale of ingestible hemp and encourage them to display products out of the reach of children. In the past few months joint inspections with other agencies have resulted in nearly 200 merchant visits and several dozen referrals to state regulators.
Recognize and Respond to Possible Poisoning
Factors that influence the type and severity of cannabis-related adverse events include the type of cannabinoid ingested, concentration, route of exposure, and the person's age, weight, and sex, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no antidote for THC intoxication. Symptoms of delta-8 THC intoxication can include, but are not limited to:
- loss of consciousness.
If you think you are having a serious side effect that is an immediate danger to your health, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency room. The Florida Poison Information Center provides free, confidential help with poisoning emergencies and is available for questions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-222-1222.
Report Concerns about a Retailer
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Hillsborough County Code Enforcement, Regulatory Compliance - Report online or email RegComp@HCFLGov.net