The boy was rushed to the emergency room on Friday night with difficulty breathing, the Corriere del Mezzogiorno said. The boy, whose condition was serious, is now said to be out of danger.
He tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, TCH, the chemical compound in cannabis that causes its psychological effects.
His parents told police that their son probably ate a piece of hash – cannabis resin, which typically comes in a dark-brown block – believing it was chocolate.
Despite that fact, some three million kilos of the drug are consumed in Italy each year.