Cannabis Basics

Tips for a Safer Green Holiday

Planning to add a little greenery to your holiday festivities or indulging the cannabis lover on your list? Read on to find ways you — as well as your giftees and guests — can safely incorporate cannabis into your celebrations.

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Give the gift of knowledge

Whether you’re gifting cannabis to a novice consumer or an old pro, make sure they’re up to date on their cannabis knowledge (and, of course, that they are at least 19 years old). Not to brag, but our Learn section has lots of great articles that can answer your giftee’s questions and help them feel confident when consuming. 

Keep cannabis under wraps

Sometimes it’s best to think inside the box. All cannabis packaging is required to be child-resistant (as mandated by the Cannabis Act) to prevent accidental consumption, so if you live with kids, keep cannabis in its original packaging when wrapping it up. And don’t leave cannabis gifts under the tree, where they’re in reach of curious little ones and pets — hand them directly to their intended recipient.  

Want more suggestions? Read Keeping Cannabis Away from Kids.  

Ensure edibles are clearly labelled and secured

Be especially cautious with cannabis-infused chocolates, cookies, soft chews and beverages, which can be easily mistaken for non-infused versions. If you’re having a gathering that includes cannabis, ensure it’s an age-19-and-up affair — it would be easy for a kid or curious teen to grab a bite. Even if there are no kids around, label any edibles and beverages stored in the fridge or freezer, or set out for tasting so everyone knows they’re infused with cannabis.

Get even more tips for entertaining with cannabis.

Consuming edibles? When in doubt, wait it out

When the weather outside is frightful, you may choose smoke-free ways to consume cannabis, like consuming edibles or ingestible extracts. Remember, your body takes longer to process cannabis through ingestion (eating or swallowing) than it does through inhalation (smoking or vaping).

The effects of products like cannabis-infused chocolates, soft chews, oils and capsules may take up to two hours to appear — compared to up to a couple of minutes for products that are smoked or vaped. So if you’ve consumed an edible and haven’t felt an effect, wait before having another one. See the chart from Health Canada below to learn more.

Ways of Using Cannabis When Effects Could Begin How Long Effects Could Last
Smoking/Vaping Seconds to minutes Up to 6 hours*
Eating/Drinking/Swallowing 30 minutes to 2 hours Up to 12 hours*
*Some effects could last as long as 24 hours

Check out our article on potency for more considerations before consuming.  

Don't consume cannabis and alcohol together

Alcoholic drinks don’t mix with cannabis. Consuming cannabis and alcohol at the same time can cause more severe levels of impairment (including reduced concentration and reaction times) and adverse effects, such as extreme intoxication, dizziness and nausea.  

Don’t drive high

This is for every day of the year, not just the holidays. If you have consumed cannabis, don’t drive. Cannabis impairs your judgment, impedes your ability to react and increases your chances of getting into an accident. Plus, it’s a criminal offence. Even if you haven’t consumed, never get into a car with an impaired driver. It’s just not worth the risk.

Learn more about cannabis-impaired driving.

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