With Halloween only two days away, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has issued a warning to parents about the unregulated Delta-8 THC drug that is being packaged to look like gummy candy, cookies, and chocolate.
Delta-8 THC is a compound found in the cannabis plant that can get you high, and it is legal in most states.
But, it is not regulated by the FDA.
There have been kids hospitalized for ingesting the drug because of it being packaged to look like candy or snacks.
The FDA released a warning stating, “Delta-8 THC products have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA for safe use in any context.”
The adverse reactions to the drug are hallucinations and vomiting.
Reportedly, there has been 661 exposure cases of Delta-8 THC, with 41% of them involving accidental exposure.
Some children who were exposed ended up in the ICU.
According to Dr. Chris Hudalla, “These are chemically unique compounds. We don’t know if they cause cancer, we don’t know if they cause birth defects, we literally know nothing about these side reaction products.”
As of August 2021, 18 states have restricted the sale of Delta-8 THC, but the drug can still be found in gas stations and convenient stores in states that have not yet banned it.
Watch the GMA report below:
Please make sure you check your kids candy and snacks and pass this information along to your family and friends who may not be aware.