Parents be vigilant this Halloween. According to new reports around the country, your child could fall victim to the nightmare of eating more than they bargained for in their Halloween candy.
Parents are being warned that their children’s’ trick-or-treat candy might contain CBD, according to an echo chamber in the press, despite the facts that there are no known instances of this happening and that CBD is a non-psychoactive, virtually negative side-effect free medicine.
Earlier in the month Charlotte TV News station WCNC put out the siren call to parents, saying that CBD-infused candies are “a nightmare for state drug enforcement agencies as Halloween draws near,” as reported by The Cannabist. The report also noted that, though CBD doesn’t get children high or cause sickness, it is “known to give users a relaxed feeling.” Oh, the horror!
And WCNC was not alone in their warning cry. WRAL in Raleigh reached out to parents in the area, one of whom told the station he “definitely need[s] to be looking for this CBD.”
Meanwhile, an agent with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement told the station that the alert level will not be high enough until everyone is basically in a panic and suspicious of their loved ones. “Anybody in the school system should be alarmed. Parents should be alarmed,” he said. “Any employer, if you have individuals doing a sensitive job that is a high-risk job, such as construction or anything like that, that someone could be, that they could be altered, that their mind state could be altered by consuming this.”
Sounds like a warning about pod people and body snatchers, but some people take this very seriously.
We guess that’s why both The New York Daily News and Houston Chronicle ran WRAL’s story. They did so despite the fact that there are no cases we could find of children being given CBD or THC for that matter in their Halloween candy.
Last year, when a similar alarm started sounding, The Washington Post noted that children were statistically more likely to catch Ebola than to end up with an edible in their plastic pumpkin. Or, to take a more practical angle, children are more likely to get burned because of a flammable costume, get a stomach ache from too much candy, poke their eye out, or get hit by a car while trick-or-treating than they are to eat candy with CBD or THC in it.
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