Cannabis is Cannabis


Cannabis or marijuana comes in a variety of forms that can be consumed in different ways (i.e., By inhalation, ingestion, topical or oral-mucosal). The extent of risks and harms of cannabis use are not yet entirely clear, but research shows that cannabis use is not harmless. There are a variety of short-term and long-term effects including but not limited to, increased heart rate, nervousness, mental health issues, and increased risk of addiction.

Reduce your risk.

Review Canada's lower-risk cannabis use guidelines - to lower your risk of cannabis related harms.

Teens & Cannabis

Research shows that earlier initiation of cannabis use is associated with an increased risk of adverse health outcomes. Talk to your kids about cannabis use - Drug Free Kids

Resources for Parents, Educators and Adult Allies


Cannabis Edibles, Extracts and Topicals

Start low, go slow

If you choose to consume cannabis, how much you consume and how quickly you consume can influence whether or not you experience adverse effects. Take your time to understand how your body reacts to cannabis as everyone’s response is different. Until then, start low and go slow to minimize health risks and the risks of overconsumption.

Start with a low amount of THC and wait to feel the effects before taking more.

Edible cannabis:

  • Look for products that contain 2.5 mg of THC or less
  • Effects felt within 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • It can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effects


Final Regulations: Edible Cannabis, Cannabis Extracts, Cannabis Topicals



  1. New cannabis products: What Canadians need to know - YouTube
  2. What You Need To Know If You Choose to Consume Cannabis
  3. Edible Cannabis: Implications for public health nutrition practice



Start Low, Go Slow | Government of Canada

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know

Cannabis: Inhaling vs Ingesting

Edible Cannabis, Cannabis  and Cannabis Topicals: A Primer on the New Cannabis Products

7 Things You Need to Know about Edible Cannabis

Always Read the Label | Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction


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