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.
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.
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:
If you think your child or pet may have accidentally ingested cannabis:
- Call your healthcare provider or the Connecticut Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 right away.
- 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.