Recently a student at a Florida high school brought THC-laced gummy candies to school and passed them around to other students. As a result, four teens were taken to a local hospital for observation.
Dr. Patrick Mularoni, a pediatric emergency physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, said hospitalizations for children who eat marijuana edibles made to look like candies are on the rise across the country, especially as more states move to legalize recreational marijuana.
Mularoni, who said he did not treat any of the students from Boca Ciega, said users cannot be physically harmed or fatally overdose on marijuana, but too much could make a high school student sleepy and unarousable as well as paranoid and anxious.
Unlike smoking marijuana, he said it’s difficult to gauge how much THC a user consumes with an edible because, unlike alcohol, there is no test to determine how much marijuana was consumed. He added that it often takes more than one hour for the effects of marijuana to set in and sometimes users have a larger dose because they do not feel the effects immediately.
Police are investigating the situation and no one has yet been charged with a crime. But unfortunately such an event is increasingly common, especially after people visit Washington and Colorado, which have recreational marijuana dispensaries.