Huron County Health Unit prepares for legal Cannabis edibles

The Huron County Health Unit is reminding residents to keep safety in mind when using cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals.

The federal government is legalizing and regulating those products this month.

Public health Promoter Courtney Feeney said the edibles may be less harmful than inhalable cannabis, but they still have risks. She said she advises users to start low and go slow to avoid overconsumption.

She added the products must be properly stored and labelled to prevent accidental consumption.

If a resident chooses to use edible cannabis, the health unit recommends following Health Canada’s guidelines.

While everyone’s response to cannabis is different, there are several steps individuals can take to lower the risk of negative outcomes. These include:

– Choose products with 2.5mg of THC or less

– To avoid overconsumption, wait 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption to begin to feel the effects

– Ensure edibles are properly labelled and stored securely out of reach of children

– Don’t use cannabis and drive

– Limit and reduce how often you use cannabis