Those new to cannabis edibles advised to ‘start low and go slow’

With cannabis edibles soon to enter the marketplace, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Health Unit is advising the public that if they intend to try edibles, they should “start low and go slow.”

Edibles, extracts and topicals are legal in Canada as of Oct. 17, but will not be in licensed cannabis stores until mid-December at the earliest, the health unit said, as the federal government reviews and approves products for the public.

“While the new cannabis products will face strict regulations given their potential health and safety risks, it’s also important for local residents to be aware of what is now available and how these substances may affect them,” Catherine MacDonald, the substances and harm reduction co-ordinator with HKPR Health Unit, said in a press release. “Just like using tobacco and alcohol, we urge people to be responsible if they choose to use any type of cannabis product. It’s all about moderation… start low and go slow.”

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