Tricks, Treats and Talking about Marijuana

Marijuana CandyHalloween is a time for tricks and treats (and by treats we usually mean traditional candy bars, lollipops, gum and chocolate). But with medical marijuana legalized in 23 states and recreational marijuana currently legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., it’s a good time for parents to be reminded of marijuana edibles, which come in many forms, including candy.

Edibles are food items baked or infused with marijuana or hash oil and are used for both medical marijuana and adult recreational use.

In states where marijuana has become legalized, more and more of these marijuana “edibles” are seen in retail establishments where marijuana is sold. It can be difficult to tell the difference between regular candy and that with marijuana. The foods themselves often closely or even exactly resemble well-known foods, as do their packaging, and this includes chocolate, cake, cookies, crackers, gum, lollipops, ice cream, cereal, granola and gummy bears.

marijuana leafWe’re not saying that your neighbors are going to be handing out marijuana edibles to your ghosts and witches as they trick-or-treat. However, it’s important to know that marijuana edibles have moved way beyond “pot brownies.” So, if you’re noticing signs of marijuana use in your teen – such as declining grades, changes in friends or family relationships, different sleep habits, less openness and honesty – then maybe take a closer look at that chocolate bar in his backpack.

Even if it is just a regular old Hershey bar, knowing about edibles makes you more credible when having  conversations with your teen about marijuana.

To find out how to have ongoing, meaningful conversations about marijuana with your teen – including how to respond to your teen’s tough questions – download our free Marijuana Talk Kit.

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    Midwestern Mama

    October 29, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    It’s so important for parents to be aware of the many different forms in which kids – tweens, teens and twenties – might use marijuana.

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