Make sure you pick only 1 - Alcohol or Cannabis beverages tonight. Just like alcoholic beverages, it's important to get to know how cannabis affects your body and what your limits are.
How quickly do you feel anything?
Inhalation (smoke/vape) = Immediate & can last up to 6 hours
Ingesting (eat/drink) = Can take up to 2 hours and last up to 12 hours
1. PACE Yourself
It can take up to 2 hours before you feel any effects and 4 hours to feel full effects, after drinking a cannabis (THC) infused beverage. This can trick you! You may think it is not working and consume more or start mixing with alcohol.
2. Go SLOW & Know your LIMITS
Get to know your own dosage limits. Cannabis beverages have a low dosage (for now). Just like trying out different strains and types you want to do the same with THC infused teas, sparkling waters, and powders. Don't forget, you will have a more potent type of high vs inhaling it - "Start low and go slow"
3. CANNABIS Poisoning
Just like alcohol, when you have too much it can be dangerous. Keep an eye out for your friends showing these signs: vomiting, psychotic episodes, slurred speech, or severe anxiety.
Follow the same BACCHUS maneuver to help keep them from choking and call 9-1-1 if you have any concerns for your friends safety.
4. PLAN your night
Know who you are going with and how you will get home. This will also help you have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. Don't forget, just like alcohol, there is Zero Tolerance for those 21 or under. Cannabis can last up to 24 hours in your body!
5. Don't MIX
Now, we don't mean sprinkling some dried weed on top of your shot of vodka (cause that's just gross!). But we know it can be tempting to have a beer and eat a gummy at the same time or "Try-It" after you have had a few drinks.
Depending how you consume it (smoke it, eat it, drink it...), how much THC is in it, and a million other factors - it could have some nasty side effects ruining your night and giving you those nasty dizzies!
Some "Fancy Facts": Alcohol slows your body down. This means that you may be inhaling deeper, taking in more THC than normal. Alcohol lowers your blood pressure and dilates blood vessels, making it easier for the THC (the psychoactive part of cannabis) to enter your bloodstream.
View Canada's Low Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines Below (4 pages, to view next page, hover your mouse over the bottom left of the pdf image. This document was published 2019-05-10 as a resource for reference only. Source: Government of Canada: Canada.ca)