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Dangerous sweets: In the US, cases of children mistakenly given cannabis sweets have become more frequent

It is very easy to confuse candy for kids with cannabis candy. FDA issues warning to consumers Pix11.

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Did you accidentally buy Cannaburst instead of Starburst candy? Or Nerds instead of Skittles? The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers that it's important to check if you bought the right candy before you eat it, especially if the treat is intended for children.

"Some edible products are designed to mimic the appearance of brand name products by using similar logos or images on the packaging," the FDA said in a statement. “These copycats are easily mistaken for popular, well-known products that kids love.”

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The agency warned that accidental consumption of the products could lead to "serious side effects", especially in children. From January 2021 to April 2022, the FDA received more than 100 reports regarding children and adults who consumed foods containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

Side effects included hallucinations, heart palpitations, and vomiting, according to the FDA. Seven reports specifically mentioned products that look similar to each other, including Nerds and Skittles, Cannaburst and Starburst.

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As the sale of cannabis and cannabis products becomes more common, the FDA said it is working to fix the issues and track medical incidents.

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