The Kelso School District is investigating after a student at the high school was taken to the hospital after reportedly eating a cookie laced with THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
In a Tuesday evening Facebook post, the mother of a Kelso 16-year-old said she was called to the high school earlier that day because her son was having a seizure. When she arrived, he was convulsing uncontrollably and vomiting. An ambulance took him to the emergency room.
The Daily News is not naming the mother or her son because they could not be reached for comment Thursday. The school district confirmed that a student was taken to the hospital and that it is investigating the possibility that cannabis was involved. The post was taken down late in the day after attracting about 100 comments, some of them hostile and questioning her report.
In her post, the boy’s mother said her son was given a chocolate chip cookie laced with THC. He didn’t know it was drugged, she said, reporting that the doctor said THC caused the reaction. The post does not say from whom, where or how her son obtained the cookie.
THC is the main mind-altering chemical in marijuana and stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. According to American Addiction Centers, a high dose of THC can cause extreme anxiety or panic attacks, psychotic reactions, uncontrollable shaking and unresponsiveness.
Michele Larsen, school district spokeswoman, said law enforcement was not investigating the Tuesday incident. The district is investigating but cannot share any details because of student privacy, she said.
Larsen said she did not know if the number of students bringing edibles to school is increasing, as the mother suggested in her post.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, emergency-room staff have seen an increase in marijuana edible cases. The level of THC in marijuana has increased over the years, according to the institute.