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What to know: Cannabis impairs coordination, attention, judgement and response time. All of these are important for keeping yourself safe and injury free.
How to reduce your risk: Never use and drive. Wait at least six hours after using cannabis — or even longer if you need. If you are planning to use cannabis, plan a safe ride with a sober friend, use OC transpo, Uber, Lyft, or a taxi.
What to know: Smoking burnt cannabis, especially when combined with tobacco, can harm your lungs and respiratory system.
How to reduce your risk: Instead of smoking, use a different method like vaping or edibles. If you want to smoke, take short shallow breaths and exhale right away. It only takes a few seconds for the THC to be absorbed through your lungs so you will still get high without holding the smoke in your lungs.
What to know: Using cannabis everyday or a few times a week can increase the risk of negative effects to your mind and body.
How to reduce your risk: Limit yourself — and ideally your friends or others you may be using with — to occasional use, such as on weekends or one day a week at most.
What to know: If you or an immediate family member has a history of psychosis or substance use disorder, your risk of cannabis-related mental health problems is higher.
How to reduce your risk: Avoid cannabis use altogether if you are at risk for mental health problems.
What to know: Using cannabis can come with risks, especially for people who are under 25 years old, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
How to reduce your risk:
Using cannabis at a young age increases the likelihood of developing health, educational and social problems. Generally, the later in life you beginto use cannabis, the lower the risk of problems.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use cannabis because it could harm the fetus or newborn.
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