Cannabis contains substances that affect the brain and body, including THC and CBD. THC causes the intoxicating effects of cannabis. CBD is not intoxicating and may reduce some of the effects of THC; however it does have an effect on the brain.
Everyone’s response to cannabis differs and can vary from one time to the next. To minimize your risk, or if you are a new consumer, look for a product containing 2.5 mg of THC or less or 10% THC (100 mg/g) or less, and an equal or higher amount of CBD.
COMMON IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF THC
Immediate effects of THC include feelings of euphoria, drowsiness, anxiety, impaired ability to remember, concentrate or react quickly.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT EATING OR DRINKING CANNABIS AND CONSUMING PRODUCTS WITH HIGH THC
It can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effects from eating or drinking cannabis. Consuming more within this time period can result in adverse effects that may require medical attention.
The higher the THC content of a product, the more likely you are to experience adverse effects and greater levels of impairment.
Store all cannabis, particularly edible cannabis, securely and out of reach of children and pets.
If you or someone you know has accidentally consumed cannabis or consumed too much cannabis and is not well, contact your local poison control centre or seek medical attention.
WAYS OF USING CANNABIS
Smoking/Vaporizing – this could take effect within seconds or minutes and lasts up to 6 hours.
Eating/Drinking/Swallowing – this could take effect within 30 minutes to 2 hours and lasts up to 12 hours.
WHAT ARE SOME HARMS AND HOW TO LOWER THE RISKS
Delay using cannabis to later in life. Teenagers and young adults are at greater risk of harms becuase the brain continues to develop until around the age of 25.
Don’t drive or operate heavy equipment after using cannabis. Cannabis can cause drowsiness and impair your ability to concentrate and make quick decisions.
Avoid frequent use. Frequent and prolonged use, daily or near-daily use across months or years, increases the risk of dependence and may bring on or worsen disorders related to anxiety and depression.
Avoid smoking cannabis. The smoke from cannabis contains the same harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke.
Avoid combining cannabis with alcohol and/or other substances. Using cannabis at the same time as alcohol and/or other drugs can cause more severe levels of impairment and adverse effects.
In 2019, SNGR established the Six Nations Cannabis Commission (“SNCC”) to implement the SNCCL and regulate the cannabis economy.
The Commission identified four (4) key guiding principles for executing their mandate:
Protection of Health & Safety
Protection of the Environment
Prevention of a monopoly on the cannabis economy.
There are currently 3 members of the Six Nations Cannabis Commission
Nahnda Garlow – Chief Commissioner
Richard Johnson – Commissioner
Drew Hill – Commissioner
Commissioners are appointed by Six Nations of the Grand River to terms of varying length.