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Cannabis and the holiday season: Seven tips for safety

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This tasty looking pot brownie has the potential to do harm as well. Photo credit: Drug Free Kids Canada.

Many people might be planning to consume cannabis over the holidays – perhaps even trying it for the first time. However, it’s important to know there can be health risks.

To reduce potential harm from using cannabis this holiday season, check out these tips

  1. Familiarize yourself with the health risks associated with cannabis.
  2. If you choose to consume cannabis, Start Low, Go Slow: Choose low-strength products (those with low THC content or a higher CBD-to-THC ratio) and limit your frequency and use. Be mindful of when the effect can peak and how long it can last.
  3. Never mix cannabis with tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
  4. Plan your ride in advance. If you’ve used cannabis, don’t drive. If you suspect the driver has used it, don’t get into the car.
  5. Go easy on edibles. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects of an edible product. Everyone has a different tolerance and response time, which could increase your risk of cannabis poisoning.
  6. Store your supply securely in a safe location, out of reach of children and pets. If you suspect a child has consumed a cannabis product, call Poison Control at 1-800-567-8911 and seek medical attention.
  7. Keep learning about the effects of cannabis as new information becomes available: for the latest info, see Health Canada’s Cannabis in Canada: Get the facts.

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