Safer Cannabis Use Starts with You!
In Fall 2023, TBDHU launched an educational campaign, aimed at young adults 18-30. If you are interested in getting a copy of these posters, get in contact with us using our contact form.
What is Cannabis?
Cannabis, often called marijuana, pot, or weed, is derived from the cannabis plant. Its intoxicating effects, also known as the "high," make it popular for recreational use. Cannabis also has potential medical uses, although further research is necessary. With over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids, the two most well-known ones are:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the primary psychoactive component of cannabis that is responsible for the high.
- Cannabidiol (CBD) does not produce a high, but can cause drowsiness. Scientists are also studying CBD for its medical uses.
Cannabis can be found in various forms, such as dried plant material or processed items like oils and waxes. Consumption methods include smoking, vaping, or ingestion. Different products have varying levels of THC and CBD. It's important to note that legal, regulated cannabis isn't without risks, as it can affect both physical and mental health. Find out more about cannabis, its uses, and forms at the Government of Canada webpage.
Cannabis & You
- Knowing your limits with cannabis use (self-assessment guide) (PDF)
- Cannabis Edibles (PDF)
- How to safely store cannabis (PDF)
- Inhaling vs. Ingesting (PDF)
- Edible Cannabis, Cannabis Extracts and Cannabis Topicals (PDF)
Cannabis and Your Health
- 10 Ways to Reduce Risks to Your Health When Using Cannabis (PDF)
- Health Effects of Cannabis (PDF)
- The Blunt Truth: Useful Tips About Safer Ways to Use Cannabis (PDF)
- Environmental Health Risks of Personal Cultivation (PDF)
- Frequent vomiting from use (Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome) (PDF)
Cannabis & the Law
- Substance Use in the Workplace
- Cannabis and Impairment in the Workplace (Infographic)
- Workplace Impairment Questions and Answers
- A guide to cannabis for older adults
- Cannabis and Older Adults
Talking about Cannabis with Youth
- Cannabis: What Educators Need to Know (PDF)
- Cannabis Talk Kit: Know how to Talk With Your Teen (PDF)
- Cannabis Talk Kit: Edibles Insert (PDF) (Inhalation Vs. Ingestion)
- Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies (PDF)
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding
- Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting (PDF)
- Thinking about using Cannabis during or before pregnancy? (PDF)
- Thinking about using cannabis while parenting? (PDF)
- Cannabis during pregnancy
Looking for support?
We encourage you to visit our Mental Health Supports page for information on services in Thunder Bay and the district.
For Further Information
Call the Injury Prevention & Substance Use Program: (807) 625-5900 or Toll-free 1-888-294-6630