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30TH ANNIVERSARY CRIME PREVENTION GUIDE 38 5. Be Sure to Properly StoreYour Cannabis Products Chocolates and brownies with cannabis in them look like chocolates and brownies without cannabis in them. In other words, they appeal to both adults and children. In fact, unintentional ingestion of edible cannabis by children and pets is more common than you might think, and can lead to severe health problems. If you have edible cannabis at home, including edibles you made yourself, be sure that they are properly labelled, stored in child-resistant containers that are re-sealed after use, and stored out of the sight and reach of children and pets. It is also a good idea to invest in a lockbox or to make your own. If you or someone you know has accidently consumed cannabis and is not feeling well, contact your local poison centre or seek medical attention. Be sure your cannabis products are properly labelled and stored. 6. Cannabis Should Not Be Mixed with Alcohol or Other Substances Alcohol increases the intoxicating and impairing effects of cannabis. Consuming cannabis and alcohol at the same time can significantly raise your risk of over-intoxication and impairment. As mentioned, cannabis over-intoxication can include anxiety, panic, nausea, vomiting and paranoia. To reduce the risk of these negative experiences, stick to either cannabis or alcohol, not both. Also, avoid mixing cannabis with nicotine or any intoxicating substance, including stimulants (“uppers”) and depressants (“downers”), as the mix can cause serious health complications. If you are taking or planning to take prescription medications, speak to a healthcare practitioner about whether cannabis interferes with them. Avoid mixing cannabis with alcohol or other intoxicating substances. 7. Regular Use of Cannabis Can Affect Your Mental Health 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 or schizophrenia. These facts are meant to make you think of the risks associated with using cannabis and to help you make a more informed decision. To lower your risks of experiencing mental health problems, choose products with no more than 100 mg/g (10%) of THC for those that you inhale and no more than 10 mg of THC for those that you ingest. Limiting your use of cannabis can also reduce these risks. Avoid daily or near-daily use of cannabis and choose products with lower levels of THC. To learn more, visit ccsa.ca/cannabis and canada.ca/cannabis 7 Things You Need to Know ... (continued) www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/food">Food photo created by freepik www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/woman">Woman photo created by freepik www.freepik.com/free-photos-vectors/woman">Woman photo created by kate

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