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Talk With Your Kids About Cannabis Risks

You are the number one influence on your child. It's never too early—or too late—to talk to your kids about the risks of cannabis use. Research shows that having a strong relationship with parents significantly influences children's decisions.

Key tips for talking about marijuana with young people:


Plan to have many short talks. You don’t have to cover everything at one time.


Keep it light and informal; have talks while driving or going for a walk.


Make your expectations and feelings about drug use clear.


Let them know you are always available to talk.


Be sure to keep the conversation going; issues facing children change as they get older.


Health Impacts

Cannabis use impacts the way teens think and can harm their health, making it harder to do well in school or sports. Learn more about health risks for young people.

Store it Locked

If you use cannabis, you must store it in a locked container. Remember that it is illegal to give cannabis to anyone under 21. Learn about cannabis storage and safety tips here.


If you need additional information about talking to your child or seeking treatment, visit our Resources page.

Accidental Cannabis Ingestion

Accidental ingestion occurs when a person or animal eats, swallows, or otherwise takes cannabis into their body, usually without knowing what it is. It’s important to know the signs of cannabis ingestion so you can get help or treatment, if necessary.

If your child is unconscious or having trouble breathing, walking, or sitting up, they may need immediate medical attention. Dial 9-1-1 right away.

Signs of Cannabis Ingestion Include:

  • Sleepiness (most common sign in children)
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Higher-than-normal heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble breathing, seizures, and/or neurological problems
If you think your child or pet may have accidentally ingested cannabis:

Call your healthcare provider or the Connecticut Poison Control Center. Watch your child and keep them in a safe area where they are not at risk of falling. Have your list of cannabis products handy.