Getting ahead of the country’s rollout of legalized weed next year, the Canadian government sponsored a health guide for “lower-risk cannabis use.” Among many, many tips to avoid health complications such as “problems with thinking” and “fatal… injuries” is one very simple guideline to follow: do a dab, bro.
The Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (CLRCUG) was composed and distributed by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, a federally-funded offshoot of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
All in all, the makers of the CLRCUG are pretty strongly against smoking weed. The first guideline on how to safely is marijuana is not to use it at all, saying, “If you decide to use, you could experience immediate, as well as longterm risks to your health and well-being. Any time you choose not to use, you avoid these risks.”
But if you do have to get in on that whacky weed, the government-funded and “science based” guidelines suggest that you use extracts instead of puffing on flower the old fashioned way.
“Smoking burnt cannabis, especially when combined with tobacco, can harm your lungs and respiratory system,” it reads. “Choose other methods, such as vaporizers or edibles instead—but recognize that they also come with some risks. For example, edibles are safer for your lungs, but you may consume larger doses and experience more severe impairment because psychoactive effects are delayed.”
The guidelines however fail to differentiate between different kind of extracts which may have different health effects. For instance, recent research suggests that thinning agents in some vape pen hash oils could be as carcinogenic as smoking cigarettes.
Though the CLRCUG may overstate the importance of abstaining from cannabis and even have some incomplete health information regarding cannabis extracts, a vocal effort from the country’s health institutions to encourage safe marijuana use could be a help to the nation’s pot smokers.
Other cannabis health recommendations from the CLRCUG include waiting until adulthood to begin use, becoming knowledgeable of the different effects of THC and CBD, never ever using synthetic cannabinoids, avoiding “deep inhalation” and “breath-holding” practices which increase risk for respiratory problems, avoiding use when you’re driving or operating heavy machinery, and avoiding use if you’re pregnant or at risk for mental health conditions.