Part 3: Child Protection
In our five part series, ‘Creating Careful Cannabis Consumers’, Cashinbis intends to highlight cannabis safety by pointing out ways in which the industry, as well as the general public, can promote the responsible use of cannabis. In doing this we aim to proactively jumpstart the conversation about cannabis safety and how the average person can pitch in. The third part of our series is all about protecting our nation’s children.
Just like any medical or recreation drug, cannabis should not be accessible to underage consumers. When you think ‘childproof’, you might refer to the image of the prescription pharmaceutical bottle with the push and twist locking mechanism, or having to align tiny arrows on top of the container in order to open it. Those ideas, and many more, are being intelligently applied to the cannabis industry, and by doing so the cannabis community as a whole is taking a proactive approach to responsible consumption. The following are only some of the ways that cannabis businesses, as well as cannabis consumers, can secure and store their cannabis in hopes of decreasing the amount of underage consumption. Please add your own suggestions to the comment section under the article!
Safe Cannabis Storage
The biggest safeguard to the preventing accidental underage ingestion of cannabis is to store it responsibly. Purchase childproof containers, a lockbox, or both to ensure the safety and security of your cannabis. Here are some product options for safer cannabis storage:
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420Toolbox features a secure locking system as well as easy peel labels for discreet storage. The box is odor proof, water proof and made from food grade materials so you don’t have to worry about any cross contamination from storage. Inside the box you will find pluck and pull foam lining that you can cut to customize your storage needs. ($99.00 – 420ToolBox)
Marijuana Packaging offers an array of ASTM approved child resistant concentrate containers for both businesses and consumers. The example pictured uses a ‘line up the arrows’ method to make the bottle more difficult to open. It is by no means foolproof, but for toddlers and small children it should be an effective means of security on the off chance you leave your cannabis out(Don’t do that!)
Edibles are one of the most dangerous forms of cannabis to keep around children. Often times they are stored in the refrigerator or freezer and look just like a sweet your child normally craves. Be it cookies, brownies, candies or anything else along that line, childproof storage is critical to avoid accidental ingestion. FunkSac offers child resistant storage packaging that works great with edibles and other cannabis delivery systems. Check out this video.
FunkSac Child Resistant Packaging
Be Responsible EVERY Time
Put your cannabis and corresponding devices away after every use. Never leave it out on a counter top or table, assuming it is out of reach.
If you have young children in the house, be sure you mention it to anyone you think might have cannabis on them. That way they pay attention to where they leave jackets, bags or purses. This is especially important when dealing with babysitters or houseguests who are entering the home for the first time.
If you or someone you know is a cannabis user, be sure to open a dialogue with them before allowing your children to enter their home. While you may have cannabis safety at the forefront of your residence, others may not have received the same advice from this awesome online article. The only bad conversation you can have about safety is the one you don’t have at all.
Be prepared with an emergency plan just in case. By being proactive and following the steps above, you most likely will avoid having to deal with an emergency, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a plan. Make sure you know your local help center information and have at least an idea what to do on the off chance accidental ingestion takes place.
Preparation is the key to success!
Take the proactive approach to child safety by locking up your cannabis every time. In addition, open a dialogue with those around you so that everyone is on the same page. Responsible consumption falls on the shoulders of the entire cannabis community, whether you have children or not. Through the embrace of these child safety practices, cannabis advocates can promote another positive aspect of the industry, the fact that they care about the youth of America.
How do you practice safe cannabis consumption? What methods do you use to make sure you are keeping the children around you safe? Join the conversation and comment below!