In some cases, it may be difficult to distinguish Halloween candy from marijuana edible candy items, as some look very similar.
Although, the chances are low that marijuana infused candy may end up in trick-or-treat bags this Halloween, it is better for parents to be prepared for the worst.
Below are a couple of signs for parents to look for to help distinguish a marijuana edible from a regular piece of candy.
Even in cases where the actual pieces of candy are most difficult to distinguish, the packaging of marijuana edibles will make them easier to identify. In Colorado, there are strict packaging regulations that require marijuana edibles to be clearly marked as such on the package.
The photo below is a side by side example. The photo on the left is a regular package of Sour Patch Kids. The photo on the right shows packaging of a very similar marijuana edible candy. If your child comes home with candy that is packaged similarly to prescription pills, it is most likely a marijuana infused candy.
If the candy in question is not packaged at all or is in a homemade “package,’ such as a plastic bag, parents already know not to allow children to eat those items, and have hopefully explained this to the children.
For year, responsible parents have searched Halloween candy bags for questionable pieces containing razor blades, needles and other horrors. Now they can add cannabis candy searches to the list.
Most marijuana edibles do smell at least a little bit like the plant. Whether a THC infused candy item is made with cannabis butter, oil or any form of concentrate, it will have at least a slight scent of marijuana. Even a parent who may not be able to recognize the smell of marijuana will still be able to identify a strange smell coming from the candy item.
This is demonstrated in the video below as Denver CALL7 investigator, Theresa Marchetta, reacts to the strong odor coming from the marijuana edibles in front of her. The station purchased marijuana edibles to use in an experiment testing whether or not children are able to recognize the difference between adult cannabis treats and treats that are safe for children.
To be safe, if any of the candy brought home by a child smells even remotely off, do not eat it.
The main factor that may save a child from ingesting a marijuana edible by mistake will come from parents educating children on the subject. Parents who talk to their children about marijuana edibles will run less risk. Warn them of the possible similarities to regular candy and treats, and explain to them that questionable items should not be eaten.
Now, even parents that may not be familiar with cannabis infused edibles can feel comfortable having a couple of signs to look for when searching through trick-or-treat bags this fall.