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35 30TH ANNIVERSARY CRIME PREVENTION GUIDE Cannabis: lower your risks www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/woman">Woman photo created by master1305 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 Remember, the total amount of THC in the package of edible cannabis can be up to 10 mg. Always read the label to understand the strength of the product. Choose products with a low amount of THC and an equal or higher amount of CBD. Smoking or vaping products: • Start with 1 or 2 puffs of a vape or joint with 10% (100 mg/g) or less THC • Effects felt in seconds to minutes • It can take up to 30 minutes to feel the full effects The concentration (% or mg/g) of THC can be found on the label.Always read the label to understand the strength of the product. Choose products with a low amount of THC and an equal or higher amount of CBD. What else should I know? Certain cannabis extracts like hash, kief, wax, or shatter contain a high concentration of THC.To minimize your risk, particularly if you are a new or occasional user, avoid using cannabis extracts as higher amounts of THC can cause greater levels of impairment and increase your risk of experiencing serious adverse effects. www.canada.ca The effects of cannabis on young people's health Cannabis affects the same biological system in the brain that is responsible for brain development. Youth and young adults are more likely to experience harms from cannabis because their brains develop until about age 25.The earlier you start consuming cannabis, the more harm it can do. Starting as a teen, consuming frequently (daily or near daily) and over a long time (several months or years) increases the risk of mental health problems.These problems include dependence and disorders related to anxiety and depression. Frequent use of cannabis over a long time can also harm important aspects of your thinking, like learning and memory. Stopping use can help improve these deficits. However, some of these harms may persist for months or years, or may not be fully reversible. www.canada.ca

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