Let’s face it, kids are sneaky. They have a tendency of finding even the most strategically hidden items, especially as they age and curiosity begins to set in. When it comes to keeping children safe, it’s important to keep all medications securely out of reach, to avoid any accidental ingestions. Cannabis is no different. Whether it’s medicinal or recreational, there are a variety of ways to protect children from exposure and ensure a little privacy for the parents.
1. Keep it hidden
There are many reasons why parents might choose to keep their cannabis use discrete. If this is your goal, ensure cannabis and any paraphernalia are left in the bedroom. A dresser drawer or bedside drawer work great, even better if they lock or have a Pinterested false bottom. During nap time, after bed time or whenever the need strikes, everything will be easily accessible and in one place. It also makes keeping track of everything easier, something all parents can appreciate.
2. Lock and key
As the cannabis movement continues to expand, so do the number of concealment contraptions, made specifically to keep prying hands out. From fingerprint safes to key code-protected purses, there is no shortage of lockable compartments available today. Just like many do with alcohol, keeping cannabis locked away can provide parents with peace of mind.
3. Educate to elevate
Some parents might choose to not hide their cannabis. Educating children on the dangers of ingesting any medications, or anything mom and dad didn’t specifically give them, can help to avoid a variety of potential issues. While their young minds probably won’t comprehend what cannabis actually is, they will be able to understand it’s not something for them.
4. Get sneaky
As children age, they inevitably begin to explore their boundaries. When old hiding spots don’t seem to be working anymore, there are some impressively sneaky spots in every person’s house.
A simple electrical outlet cover can be transformed to a secret stash compartment. Parents have the advantage of height, too. Try keeping cannabis tucked on top shelves, pushed towards the back.
5. Avoid common areas
Kitchens and living rooms are normally spaces shared by the whole family. To avoid any accidental discoveries or ingestions keep cannabis away from these areas. Most states with legal cannabis now require some type of childproof packaging, but that does not mean they’re full proof. This can be especially true for edibles, which can easily be mistaken for candies that children are familiar with.
6. Eliminate odor
Toddlers are obviously oblivious to the smell given off by cannabis. However, this is not true for many teenagers. If you’re trying to prevent teens from getting into your cannabis, then masking the smell is important.
There are many cases on the market that claim to conceal the smell, just take a stroll down the kitchen storage aisle of any local store. Some even vacuum seal upon closing. With the smell eliminated, there’s less chance of detection.