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Although the laws have changed, the health risks and restrictions have not...

*Cannabis became legal for 18+ in Alberta on October 17, 2018

Cannabis is legal, but...

Cannabis is now legal in Canada. And although the laws have changed, the health risks and restrictions have not. With so much confusing information out there, Alberta Health Services #AHS wants to clear the air and talk about what cannabis legalization means for you, the health risks that come with use, and what you can do to ensure you’re being safe if you choose to use.

And if you choose to use, choose lower-risk products, avoid mixing with alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, and do not use and drive.

  • Cannabis is much more potent product than it has been in past

  • Cannabis affects everyone in different ways. Use as little as you can and wait to see how you react.

  • If smoking cannabis, limit it to a couple of puffs and wait at least ten minutes to feel full effects

  • When eating/drinking cannabis it can take several hours to feel the full effect. Start with a small amount and wait for several hours before you take anymore.

*Cannabis became legal for 18+ in Alberta on October 17, 2018

Talking to young adults and youth under 18

Have conversations early that reflect your own values toward the use of drugs and other substances such as alcohol and cigarettes.

It’s important to talk about the risks that come with using cannabis before 25. Until then, the brain isn’t fully developed and cannabis use can lead to problems that impact memory, learning, attention, judgment and decision making.

A good approach is to understand the facts. Taking anything that changes the way you think, act and feel could have consequences on major life areas. This could include poor performance in school and dropping out of things you enjoy.

If you know someone who is under 18, and they’re using or considering using cannabis, encourage them to think about where they do it, who they are with, why they are using, and what they are doing while using.

Remember this. Whether or not they express it, youth and teens care about your opinion. It matters and can help with decision making.

If you have children

Consider how to keep children safe in relation to cannabis:

  • Do not smoke cannabis in the home or around children

  • Keep cannabis and all drugs (alcohol, tobacco and tobacco-like products) locked up, out of sight, out of reach and in their original containers

For Alberta Residents:

If a child is exposed to cannabis and shows signs of distress, contact Poison & Drug Information Service (PADIS) (tollfree 1-800-332-1414) or Health Link(call 811 or 1-866-408-5465 for internet phone users).

For more parenting resources, please visit Healthy Parents, Healthy Children.

To take the cannabis quiz, click here: http://testyourhighq.drugsafe.ca

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