There are risks to using cannabis. But there are ways to lower your risk of harm.
All forms of cannabis use have health risks. The only way to completely avoid these risks is by choosing
not to use cannabis.
Avoid using cannabis if you have a personal or family history of mental health problems or substance use problems.
If you choose to use cannabis:
Cannabis can react with your medicines (called an interaction).
Before you try cannabis, talk to your healthcare provider about all other medicines you use.
Don't drive or operate machinery after using cannabis. Also, don’t ride in a vehicle with someone who has recently used cannabis.
If you use cannabis while driving, you may:
If you use cannabis, make a plan to get home safely. Have a designated driver or take a taxi or bus.
It’s important to know what type of cannabis you’re using and what’s in it. Understand how soon you may feel the effects of the product you use, and how long those effects may last. Check the product label for this information.
If you use cannabis, it’s important to protect others from harmful effects.
If a child comes into contact with cannabis, call:
Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for more information.
Current as of: October 16, 2019
Author: Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services
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