POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 61 Does cannabis affect everyone the same way?">People photo created by kues1 Everyone's response to cannabis is different, depending on sex, age, any pre-existing medical conditions, experience with cannabis, frequency of use,THC and CBD content, and consumption of food, alcohol, other drugs or health products. Everyone's response to cannabis can also differ from one time to the next. If you chose to use, follow Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines. Are there negative effects on my health if I consume cannabis? Cannabis can cause impairment and other short-term effects. Every time cannabis is consumed it can: • Impair your ability to drive safely or operate equipment by slowing your reaction time and reducing your physical co-ordination. • Make it harder to learn and remember things by lowering your ability to pay attention . • Affect your mood and feelings, and can cause confusion, anxiety fear or panic. • Affect your mental health, and can trigger a psychotic episode. Long-term adverse effects include permanent harm to mental functioning and increased risk of depression and anxiety disorders. Can you “overdose” from consuming cannabis? Consuming too much cannabis at a time can lead to symptoms of over-intoxication or “greening out”. Symptoms of over-intoxication can include: • severe anxiety and panic • nausea and vomiting • symptoms of psychosis (paranoia) • respiratory depression • chest pain • rapid heartbeat What should I do if I or someone I am with is ‘greening out’ (over-intoxicated)? If you've consumed cannabis and are experiencing particularly unpleasant or harmful effects, immediately stop using it. Have someone stay with you in a warm, safe place, keep upright and drink plenty of water. It can take some time to recover. Seek medical attention or call Telecare 811 if you are concerned about your health. Children are at the greatest risk of serious health effects from over-intoxication from cannabis, especially when eaten or drank because there are stronger and prolonged effects. Children may become uncoordinated, drowsy, unable to wake up, and have trouble breathing. Seek medical attention immediately or call Telecare-811 for all cases of accidental consumption of cannabis by children. Store all cannabis (especially edible cannabis which can be mistaken for normal food or drinks) securely out of reach of children, youth and pets.