LANCASTER – With Halloween only a few days away, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is reminding residents of health hazards.
They say in recent months, thousands of illicit edible products have been seized in the form of candies, cookies, cereal snacks, and bottled soda, all containing varying amounts of concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive substance found in the marijuana plant.
Marijuana is habit forming and addiction can required treatment at one of the many drug rehabs in California.
“Edible marijuana products pose a significant health threat,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, Director of Public Health. “There are too many unknowns regarding the preparation and the amount of marijuana contained in these products.”
“They can be easily mistaken for common foods due to improper labeling and packaging, leading to cases of intoxication from accidental ingestion of ‘pot cookies’ and ‘pot brownies’ that were thought to be ordinary, drug-free snacks,” Fielding continued.
Some items have no label to warn the consumer of their content, and many that are labeled do not contain a reasonable indication of drug content, recommended dosage, or instructions for use.
Because their makers intend to remain anonymous, no contact information is listed.
Some of the processes used to extract and concentrate the THC for the manufacture of these items include the use of chemical solvents, such as liquid butane, to extract THC from the plant material. Methods used to extract the drug may also extract any pesticide or fertilizer residue as well, carrying those potentially toxic chemicals into the items.
The LASD is warning parents to closely inspect their children’s treats this Halloween to ensure that they are properly packaged and labeled, and are from trusted sources to ensure that children do not accidentally ingest a concentrated drug.
(Information via press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)