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Short-term effects

Cannabis has different effects on different people. The effects will vary depending on many factors including the type and amount of product used. Some people who use cannabis may feel relaxed and happy. Others may become quiet and withdrawn or experience anxiety, panic attacks, fearfulness and paranoia.

For some people the effects of cannabis include feeling "high", experiencing a sense of wellbeing, feeling relaxed or sleepy, and experiencing a heightened sense of taste, smell, sound and/or touch.


Other immediate physical effects of cannabis include red eyes, increased heart rate, a drop in blood pressure, and light-headedness.

When using cannabis people may also experience changes to their perception of the time and the space around them. They may have difficulty with coordination, thinking, problem-solving and remembering things.

There are different methods for using cannabis. Different methods have unique timing and lengths of effect. Take this into account when planning a ride home and consider the timing of parenting responsibilities and work responsibilities.

There are four basic ways to use cannabis:

         1. Inhalation (includes smoking, vaporizing, dabbing).

When inhaled, cannabis usually has an effect  within minutes.  These effects generally last   for 1 - 4  hours, but may last up to 24 hours.


2. Ingestion (edibles, drinks, oils).

When eaten, cannabis products are absorbed by the stomach and liver. They take longer to have an effect (30 minutes to 2 hours), and the effects can last for 4-12 hours but may last up to 24 hours.


3. Oral-mucosal (sublingual).

A. tincture or spray is put under the tongue or cheek of the mouth. They get into the blood stream through the lining of the mouth. The effect is likely felt in 15 minutes to 2 hours and can last several hours.


4. Topicals.

A balm, oil, rub, salve, or cream containing active cannabinoids is put onto the skin and absorbed for a localized effect and does cause intoxication. They may provide localized relief of pain and inflammation but more research is needed.

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