People use cannabis for different reasons and in different ways. Some people use it as medicine; others use it recreationally, like alcohol. Most people who use cannabis do so infrequently - once or twice per month - and do not experience harm. There are some factors that increase the risks of using cannabis, such as starting to use it at a young age, or heavier use, such as daily or several times each day.

Cannabis is most frequently smoked, either like a cigarette or from a pipe or bong. Cannabis may also be vaporized using either the dried flowers of the plant, or using concentrates. Cannabis concentrates will remain prohibited for sale until new legislation is passed.

The active ingredients in cannabis, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), can be dissolved into fats and oils, and cooked into foods, called edibles.  The effects from smoking or vaporizing cannabis are different from consuming edibles.

Please note that the existing medical cannabis regime will remain in place following the legalization of retail cannabis.

Follow the links below to learn more about: what you need to know if you plan on using cannabis; what myths surround cannabis; positive and negative effects when using cannabis; and the risk that comes from using cannabis frequently for longer periods of time.

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