According to guidelines funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, you should not smoke weed every day, but according to Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, you most definitely should.
The recommendations also say that you should limit marijuana intake to once a week, abstain from use among special-risk populations, such as pregnant women, and avoid driving while under the influence which is, and will continue to be illegal. It also recommends consuming weed through methods other than smoking, such as through vaporizers or edibles.
Federal health minister Jane Philpott is supporting the “Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines” (LRCUG). By endorsing usage guidelines ahead of legalization, Philpott hopes to counter the potential health risks of increased public access to cannabis.
“From a scientific perspective, Health Canada considers the guidelines to be important, evidence-based information to help cannabis users reduce the health and safety risks associated with cannabis use,” says in Philpott’s statement.
“Our Government introduced legislation to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. We are proposing a public health approach to minimize the harms associated with cannabis use. The proposed Cannabis Act focuses on protecting the health of Canadians, particularly youth.”
“I would put these guidelines in the same category as public health messaging that has been around for decades around drinking and the consumption of alcohol,” Fiona Clement said, a researcher at the University of Calgary’s Institute of Public Health.
The LRCUG notes that cannabis use is “common, especially among adolescents and young adults” and that there are “well-documented risks from cannabis use to both immediate and long-term health.”
“As with many substances, the younger you start, the earlier the risk of individualized damage to yourself,” Clement said. “Cannabis can have an impact on your brain as well as things like educational attainment, and the more you use, the higher your risks of exposure are.”
The federal government is zeroing in on legalizing recreational marijuana use by July 1, 2018.
Source: The Gauntlet