What you need to know about edible cannabis
Read the label
While cannabis edibles may look like normal food, treat or drink items, edible cannabis products are like other drugs that can affect the way you think, feel and act.
The amount of THC can be different for each product, read all labels carefully. If you have never tried an edible before or are new to cannabis, consume a small amount and wait to feel effects before taking more.
Start low and go slow
It can take up to 4 hours for the full effects of edible cannabis to be felt and can last up to 12 hours, with some effects lasting up to 24 hours.
Children and pets can accidentally eat or drink these items and become very sick. Keep all cannabis products in labeled child-resistant packaging and stored in a locked area out of sight and reach.
Cannabis poisoning can affect anyone. The signs of poisoning may not appear right away, and it can happen hours after consumption. If you’re concerned you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms related to poisoning, seek immediate medical help.
Daily or near-daily cannabis use increases the risk of dependence and can bring on or worsen disorders related to anxiety or depression. Regular use of cannabis products containing high levels of THC can increase your risk of developing psychosis, especially if you have a family history of psychosis (paranoia) or schizophrenia. Avoid daily or near-daily use of cannabis and choose products with lower levels of THC.
Don’t consume and drive
When smoking cannabis the effects may be felt immediately, however, it may take up to 4 hours for the full effects of edible cannabis to be felt and can last up to 12 hours or longer. Consuming cannabis in any form slows your reaction time and affects your decision-making skills, increasing your chances of a collision. Never drive while impaired.
Avoid mixing cannabis with tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and other drugs. Mixing can increase impairment and potential other harms.
For more information on any of these topics, please visit ccsa.ca/cannabis