Canadian students who drive after using cannabis are almost twice as likely to get into an accident.
This is because cannabis has a big effect on automated functions, such as tracking and monitoring ability.
Alcohol consumption increases the absorption of THC in your body. This can make the effects of cannabis stronger and unpredictable.
This combination can increase the risk of psychotic symptoms, nausea and vomiting, and over-intoxication
Mixing cannabis and alcohol
Women using cannabis during pregnancy have a higher risk of placental complications and tend to give birth to babies with lower birth weights.
THC has tendency to concentrate in breast milk due to its affinity for high-fat content substances
Smoking cannabis can cause lung injury and contains many of the same carcinogens and chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
Cannabis smokers are at risk of greater exposure to tar and carbon monoxide.
Edibles and vaporizers may be safer alternatives
Smoking cannabis can damage your airways
Age of Initial Use
Research has shown that cannabis use can have detrimental effects on the developing brain.
The brain is not fully developed until age 25.
One study has demonstrated cannabis use is associated with lower academic grades.
Cannabis comes in different forms and can affect everyone differently. Once legalized, talk to your licensed provider to find a form that is right for you.
Caution is advised when using edibles, as they take longer for their effects to be felt and are the most common cause for cannabis overdose.
Choice of cannabis products
A history of mental illness may increase the risk of adverse effects from cannabis use
Cannabis is a vasodilator. This means that low blood pressure or cardiovascular issues can be worsened by cannabis use.
Pre-existing health concerns can increase risk for adverse effects
Cannabis dependence is very similar to other substance dependence disorders
Cannabis withdrawal symptoms resemble those associated with other drugs, especially tobacco.
Synthetic cannabis (also known as spice or K2) mimics the effects of THC by binding to your cannabinoid receptors.
It can be up to 100x more potent than naturally occurring cannabinoids and can lead to fatal overdoses.