It can be. Some people are more prone to becoming addicted than others, and studies suggest that using cannabis in youth increases the risk of addiction. Approximately one in 10 adults who have ever consumed cannabis will develop an addiction, also known as “cannabis-use disorder.” The early onset of use, long-term use and combining cannabis with tobacco increase the potential of addiction and other health risks. Initiation of use in adolescence increases risk of developing cannabis use disorder to one in six.
Second-hand smoke is harmful, but the relationship is mediated by several factors, including the amount of smoke, frequency of use, ventilation and more. Little is factually known about the effects of cannabis smoke on lung health. However, cannabis smoke irritates the throat and lungs, and contains chemicals and tar that are similar to tobacco smoke, which can raise risks for cancer, and lung disease.
Stay calm and in a safe place. Try to distract yourself by listening to music or watching a movie. Have something to eat and drink plenty of water. If you are feeling distressed, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or 1-866-797-0007 (TTY). If you’re experiencing a frighteningly rapid heartbeat, call 911.
Yes. Cannabis can have interactions with other drugs or medicinal products. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist for possible adverse effects when combining with medication.
Contact 911 immediately.
Dried cannabis should be kept in a dry, cool place. If you have children or pets in your home, ensure that all cannabis products are kept safely out of reach and ideally kept in a secure childproof container.