The chemicals in marijuana that create the "high" feeling (THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) can be toxic for infants and children. Marijuana edibles may look similar to other food, candy or drinks and can be easily confused for non-marijuana treats. Marijuana edibles may be especially appealing to children who are unable to tell the difference between edibles and regular treats.
- Store marijuana, edibles, vapes and refills safely by locking it up and storing it out of sight of children.
- Avoid mix-ups. Always label homemade marijuana edibles stored in the fridge or freezer.
- If your child eats or drinks marijuana by accident call the poison center right away. If your child is not responding, call 911 or go to a hospital for emergency care right away.
The Oregon Poison Center can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222.
Marijuana safety: tips for adults users
Marijuana edibles may pose a special risk to adult users because they may be more potent than marijuana that is smoked or vaped. The effects of a marijuana edible also takes longer to show up than marijuana that is smoked and may cause a user to consume more than intended. View the marijuana edible infographic and learn what you need to know about marijuana edibles.
Stay informed about the recreational marijuana laws in Oregon.
Preventing Marijuana Use Among Teens
Recreational marijuana is legal for adults 21 and over in Oregon. Despite the law, one in five Oregon teens uses marijuana and more teens than ever are vaping marijuana. It is important for teens to have accurate information to make healthy choices. Parents, teachers and other trusted adults are important sources of information for young people. Here are some resources to support these conversations.
Resources for Parents:
- Cannabis and Your Health - Communication Resources from OHA
- Preventing Underage Marijuana Use - Parents' Guide to Talking with Your Kids from OHA
- Talking to Your Kids: Communicating the Risks from NIDA
- U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain
- What you Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens, CDC Factsheet
Marijuana and Pregnancy
There is no known safe level of marijuana use during pregnancy. Using marijuana during pregnancy may impact your baby's development. Maternal marijuana use may still be dangerous to the baby after birth. THC exposure via breastmilk or via marijuana smoke may affect the newborn baby's brain development and result in other long-term consequences.
Synthetic Marijuana, also known as "fake weed," "Spice," or "K2." Synthetic marijuana is made up of shredded plant material with sprayed-on chemicals packaged as incense or potpourri. Some of the chemicals in this human-made drug mimic the effects of THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana. The resulting health effects are unpredictable and cause nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, paranoia, hallucinations and seizures.
- Learn more about Spice and other cannabinoids from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
- Download NIDA's Drug Facts on Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)