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Huron Health Unit Suggests Precautions For Cannabis Edibles

Huron County | by Fadi Didi  

As Ottawa legalizes cannabis edibles, health officials warn users to start with low dosage to avoid overconsumption.

With cannabis edibles expected to be offered in Ontario this December, the Huron County Health Unit is warning users to take precautions.

The federal government this month will legalize and introduce new regulations for cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals, before they are offered to consumers in the winter.

Public Health Promoter Courtney Feeney says cannabis infused cookies, brownies, and gummies are still restricted to those 19 years of age and older, and should not be used by certain demographics.

Feeney says young people should avoid cannabis to allow for healthy brain development, along with those who suffer from mental health issues.

It is also recommended pregnant women and senior citizens avoid the use of cannabis.

For those who choose to consume cannabis-infused edibles, Feeney suggests starting with low-levels of THC content, 2.5 milligrams or less.

After consuming edibles, Feeney recommends waiting up to two hours for the effects of the cannabis to be felt.

Overconsumption of cannabis-infused edibles could lead to an unpleasant experience, and Feeney says individuals may want to seek medical attention in extreme situations.

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