Cannabis Edibles Now Available in Ontario. Health Unit Reminds Users How to Reduce their Risks

Start Low and Go Slow

Cannabis edibles, extracts and topics have become available for purchase in Ontario through provincially licensed retailers. These products are subject to the same laws as all other cannabis products.

“Eating cannabis affects people differently than smoking or vaping cannabis does,” says Courtney Feeney, public health promoter with Huron Perth Public Health. “Edible cannabis users should start low and go slow to avoid overconsumption, and ensure cannabis is properly stored and labelled to prevent accidental consumption.” 

Huron Perth Public Health reminds people who choose to use edibles to reduce their risk by following Health Canada’s guidelines. These include:

Start low and go slow

  • To start low, choose products with 2.5mg of THC or less.
  • Packages containing edible cannabis products are legally limited to a maximum of 10 mg of THC; so check the label
  • and divide the edible into 2.5mg pieces.

Eating cannabis affects you differently than smoking or vaping cannabis

  • While it takes 1-2 minutes for the effects of smoking/vaping cannabis to set in, it can take up to 2 hours to begin to feel the effects of edibles.
  • Wait the full two hours before deciding to consume more, to avoid over-intoxication, including severe anxiety and panic, nausea and vomiting, and paranoia.
  • The intoxicating effects of edible cannabis can last up to 12 hours.

Impaired is impaired. Don’t drive high

  • Using cannabis impairs your reaction time, coordination, attention and judgement.
  • Plan ahead and for a safe ride home.
  • Never drive any motor vehicle high. This includes ATV’s, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and machinery.
  • Penalties for driving high are the same for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Safe storage is important

  • Ensure edibles are properly labeled.
  • Store all cannabis product securely out of reach of children and pets.


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