Recognizing Accidental Cannabis Ingestion

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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.


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

In more serious cases, children can have 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 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.


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.


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