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Cannabis is legal for adults (18+), but like many controlled substances, there are negative health effects. Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines will help you stay informed on how to lower the risk of these negative effects, if you choose to use.
Cannabis-related health problems are influenced by how much cannabis you use, how often you use it, and how you use it. Visit Drug Safe for more information from Alberta Health Services.
Yes. Absorption of cannabis is much slower when it is swallowed or eaten, making edibles more unpredictable than smoking cannabis.
It can take between 1-3 hours to feel the effects of edibles, which are often much longer-lasting and produce more of a full-body effect.
When consuming edibles, wait a minimum of two hours before consuming more. It's possible to over consume and experience negative effects.
Note: Commercially-prepared edibles won't be legal during the initial stage of legalization. They have been proposed for the next round in October 2019. However, home-prepared edibles such as baking or teas are allowed for personal consumption, only for those over 18.
Yes. Being familiar with the symptoms of a cannabis poisoning will prepare you to recognize an emergency.
No. Combining cannabis with alcohol, even in small amounts, greatly increases the impairment level of both substances. This can make it much harder to self-assess your level of impairment, and affects your body's ability to deal with a potential overdose.
Your body protects itself from alcohol poisoning by vomiting up the excess, but cannabis decreases nausea and vomiting. Therefore, if you consume cannabis and alcohol together, it increases your risk of alcohol poisoning.
Mixing cannabis and alcohol doubles the risk of a vehicle crash. Never use and drive.