As many countries move toward legalizing pot, officials in Canada are releasing guidelines for how people can lower the health risks that may be associated with the drug if they choose to use it.
The guidelines, which were released today (June 23) by the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse, are meant to educate marijuana users so that they can make choices that could modify the risks from the drug. The researchers likened the new pot guidelines to recommendations that already exist to help people lower the risks associated with drinking alcohol. [Mixing the Pot? 7 Ways Marijuana Interacts with Medicines]
“Factual, science-based information can provide guidance to cannabis users to make choices that reduce both immediate and long-term risks to their health,” Dr. Benedikt Fischer, a senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Ontario, who led the development of the guidelines, said in a statement.