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Marijuana is now sold in different forms to excite and entice buyers, but a recent discovery might lead young kids to inadvertently ingest marijuana.

Researchers from Stanford Law School said U.S. states that legalize marijuana have already welcomed dispensaries and licensed stores that sell candylike marijuana products such as Munchy Way and Twixed. Robert MacCoun, co-author of an investigatory piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine, said that this increases the risk of children to ingest marijuana without their knowledge. "There's the concern that young children will find these products and eat them, thinking they are ordinary sweets... This can be a very traumatic experience, and there are even some indications it can be physically dangerous for young children," said MacCoun in a news item.

MacCoun expressed that marijuana in candy form is usually more potent in terms of THC per serving, and is processed unnaturally by the human body. "At high doses, THC can produce serious anxiety attacks and psychotic-like symptoms," MacCoun added.

MacCoun and fellow Stanford Law School professor Michelle Mello recommend more stringent measures on edible marijuana products. Although marijuana product manufacturers in Washington and Colorado use packaging materials that prevent children from eating the product accidentally and put a "keep out of reach of children" warning, researchers said these may not be enough. "A package should have a predictable standard dose [and] adequate warning labels, and it should not look like candy or a cola drink," MacCoun said.

If you suspect your child of deliberate marijuana use, try using a marijuana drug test to confirm your worry.