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.
- How Will Cannabis Affect Me?
- What Is CBD?
- What is THC?
- Tips for Responsible Use
- How Much Is Too Much?
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.