8 Tips for Staying Safe
Important things you should know:
- Vapourize, don’t smoke. If you’ve determined inhalation is right for you, always use a vapourizer to minimize exposure to harmful compounds and minimize risks of long-term use.
- Know where it comes from. Always use cannabis from a licensed producer to avoid contaminants such as moulds, pesticide residues, and carcinogenic solvents.
- Discuss possible drug interactions. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional about all the medications and herbal products you are currently taking. Cannabis may interact with several medications and can cause drowsiness.
- Talk about progress. Once you’ve found the right dose and product, and your symptoms improve, talk to your healthcare professional to see if you can reduce, taper, or discontinue previous medications by replacing them with cannabis for the same symptom or condition. If your condition is worsening when you use cannabis, you should stop and notify your authorizing healthcare professional.
- Don’t mix cannabis and alcohol. Do not consume cannabis and alcohol at the same time—their effects may magnify each other’s, causing discomfort and inebriation.
- Don’t drive. At all times, if you are in doubt as to your impairment level, you should not drive or operate machinery.*
- Store products responsibly. Always store your cannabis products where they can’t be accessed by children or pets. Always label and securely store any food products containing cannabis.
- Know the rules for travelling with cannabis. It’s only legal to travel with medical cannabis within Canada. For more information, click here.
*Note: These recommendations are generalized information provided to educate consumers with respect to impaired driving. However, cannabis consumers metabolize cannabis at varying rates, and factors such as newness to cannabis or mixing with alcohol will impact effects. These recommendations are guidelines only, and there is no certainty that following these recommendations will ensure that you pass roadside tests or are not impaired. At all times, if you are in doubt as to your impairment level, you should not drive or operate machinery.