Cannabis isn't for everyone. If you are thinking about using recreational cannabis, here's what you need to know.
The safest way to reduce your risk is to not use it.
DO NOT use cannabis if:
- pregnant or nursing
- you have a personal or family history of mental health problems, including psychosis or substance use disorders
- drinking alcohol
- driving or operating vehicles, tools or machinery
- on a medication that may interact with cannabis
If you choose to use cannabis, reduce your risk:
Wait until later in life to try cannabisThe later in life you begin to use cannabis, the lower the risks to general health and welfare throughout life.
Start low, go slow
Start with a small amount, with a low amount of THC, and see how it affects you before trying any more.
Frequent cannabis use (daily or almost daily) is linked to higher risk of health and social problems and becoming cannabis-dependent. If you are using cannabis, use only occasionally (for example, one day a week).
Keep it separate
Mixing alcohol and cannabis can lead to greater impairment. Mixing tobacco with cannabis also increases your health risk. Use cannabis separately and consult a healthcare provider regarding medications that may interact with cannabis.
Get home safely
Cannabis use can greatly impair your ability to drive. It is illegal to drive while you are impaired.
Choose safer ways of using cannabis
Avoid smoking cannabis as it can harm your lungs and respiratory system.
If you smoke cannabis, avoid deep inhalation and breath-holding to limit the amount of toxic material absorbed by your lungs and into your body.
If consuming edibles, watch out for overdosing - remember it can take up to 4 hours to feel the effects (see Understanding Cannabis )
Avoid synthetic cannabinoids
Avoid synthetic cannabis products like "K2" or "spice" as these can cause severe psychoactive effects and lead to death.
Know your source
It's important to know that the cannabis you're using comes from a safe source. To ensure safety, purchase legally through PEI Cannabis stores. If growing your own cannabis, follow safe cultivation practices.
Stash your stash
Ensure you keep your cannabis stored securely. Keep it out of reach of children and pets.