As you've likely seen on the news or even in your local community, cannabis laws
across the country are loosening. A plant that used to be a crime to possess is now mostly decriminalized. Most states even have laws that allow you to have medical marijuana if you fit the state's criteria. A handful of states have even made it legal for cannabis dispensaries to sell to anyone, as long as that person is an adult.
However, a key component is missing from most cannabis reform laws: the importance of child-proof cannabis packaging. While the United States is loosening laws, most states are inadvertently loosening children's ability to inadvertently consume cannabis, which may cause extremely uncomfortable reactions or even traumatic symptoms that could haunt the child for life. We'll discuss why child-proofing cannabis to ensure that only adults can access it is so important!
Good quality child-proofing will, of course, include proper labeling. That's why it's critical for cannabis manufacturers such as GrowCargo
to label everything that includes cannabis. For example, if a vape pen comes inside a box, the vape pen should also indicate that it contains cannabis so that parents and caretakers exercise special caution in keeping cannabis out of children's reach.
For "edibles", or food that contains THC, there should never be an enticing image of the food itself on the front. Some children will see this and assume that it's just normal candy, so any image of this nature should also be removed. Even adults are guilty of this! Many cannabis producers put misleading imagery on the fronts of their edibles. Unfortunately, people eat more edibles because they can be tasty, but their effects can take up to two hours to kick in! That's a lot of gummy worms to eat before the sometimes terrifying effects set in!
However, ensuring that children don't incidentally get exposed to cannabis, more measures should be taken. For example, flowered marijuana should only be kept in locked containers. Because marijuana smells sweet, children may be attracted to it. While it is THCa, the non-psychoactive version of THC, it may still have harmful effects. THC itself would only be created by grinding the leaves that contain THCa in them.
Edibles should be kept completely out of sight of children for reasons discussed. However, they should also be child-proofed. For example, some edibles are in the form of mints. As mints look and taste like candy, children may be attracted to them. These should require a sophisticated hand maneuver that young children cannot perform as well as be in a container placed far away from them.
Concentrates should be especially well-guarded. This is because the consumption of just a small amount could severely injure a child. What appears to be a tiny piece of wax could cause severe trauma to children. Concentrates may be liquids or solids. Liquid concentrates are often in small glass tubes that can be easily broken if dropped, so it's important to be vigilant to clean any of it that gets on a floor where children may play. In solid form, they typically come in pill form or similar. These usually look like medicine bottles and can usually be kept safe in a medicine cabinet.
But what is missing?
While we may put up our best efforts to keep marijuana in the hands of adults who wish to legally consume it and out of the hands of young children, mistakes are made. It could be a parent who is busy getting ready for work and leaves a morning Sativa pen out. Perhaps it's a babysitter who legally has a vape pen in your household and leaves it out.
In short, what's missing from the equation across the country right now is packaging to child-proof it. We can put on all the labels we want, but as you likely know, babies don't read. That's why we need an "all in one" packaging solution. For example, GrowCargo Marijuana Packaging is designed specifically to keep marijuana away from children. It's great to see involvement coming straight from the cannabis community!
But how does this type of cannabis packaging actually work?
To know how to best childproof marijuana, you likely would need a good amount of experience. The company mentioned in the example above is actually a legal marijuana grower as well as a producer of child-proofing devices for cannabis! Since there are so many delivery routes and options out there, it's hard to have a solution for each and every one like they do!
While it is unlikely for a child to die of a cannabis overdose (or any consumption, essentially), they will undoubtedly have a horrible experience because they were not properly safe-guarded. As a parent or guardian, there's no doubt that you would feel responsible for not locking up "your stash". By using child-proofing measures, you can ensure that the day never comes where you see your child consuming a cannabis edible, knowing he or she will become violently ill in seconds as you try to reach Poison Control.
Some states already do this for parents. For example, California recently passed
a law forcing cannabis producers to make all of their products child-proof. However, due to costs and doubts, many other states where marijuana is legal in one form or another have failed to do so, leaving parents in a bind: should they choose their medicine or should they choose their child?
As more states begin to pass child-proofing laws
, many parents' minds will be put at ease. They can have their medicine and their children. Even if there is the fateful day where the parent accidentally leaves out a marijuana product, there will be no worry about a child accessing it! However, this level of protection would require an immense amount of investment by cannabis companies, legislators, and the public at large.
In the meantime, parents can be extra cautious and vigilant to ensure their children never touch their cannabis products. They can buy cannabis products from producers who choose to childproof their products voluntarily. They can also apply child-proofing to their products, although this method would be much more difficult. Self-prepared child-proofing is prone to failure, so we also wouldn't recommend this method.
Hopefully, in the future, more and more states will adopt this approach so that parents never have to make that difficult choice or pay to child-proof all their products themselves. However, for now, we'll have to deal with what we have as legal reforms are being made.