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Hallo-weed FSAI warns parents of 'dangerous' cannabis jellies in build up to Halloween

Many of these cannabis edibles are 'intentionally packaged' to look like popular candy brands to avoid detection


The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) is warning parents to look out for cannabis jellies in the run up to Halloween.

The warning comes ahead of any Halloween festivities taking place next week, where there is likely to be “an increased risk” of children and teenagers accidentally consuming jelly sweets containing the psychoactive cannabis component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Many of these cannabis edibles are “intentionally packaged” to look like popular candy brands to avoid detection.

The FSAI says that the high concentrations of THC in these “illicit edible sweets” can pose serious health risks to teenagers and young children, affecting their “neurological, physical and physiological development.”

The organisation is concerned that children are at risk of overdosing on these jellies as they resemble ordinary sweets, often eating more than one, and causing them to have “cognitive and motor impairment” for up to 36 hours after consumption.

To date this year, six children under the age of ten have been hospitalised after accidentally consuming edible cannabis jellies.

There have also been several reports of teenagers falling seriously ill and, in some cases, requiring hospitalisation after “having seizures and becoming unconscious” from overdosing on cannabis edibles.

Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive of the FSAI, said the accidental consumption of edible cannabis products by children is extremely worrying.

“We know adults and/or teenagers are ordering these illegal products from online or other illegal sources for their own personal use,” she said.

“However, they often have no understanding of the real health dangers of these products and are careless or reckless in putting young children’s health at risk by allowing them access to these products.

“The prevalence of these edible products containing THC in communities and schools around the country is a growing cause for concern and parents and guardians should be extra vigilant during festivities such as Halloween where parties will be underway, and the risk of accidental consumption of these products is considerably higher.”

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