Four Takeaways From Canada’s ‘Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines’

In advance of the country’s legalization of adult-use cannabis, last week a coalition of Canadian health agencies released their “Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines” (LRCUG)—a series of risk-reduction tips for all who’d imbibe the soon-to-be-legal plant. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and endorsed by the Canadian Medical Association, the guidelines kick off with the mandatory nod to abstinence: “The safest way to reduce risks is to avoid [cannabis] altogether.” But from there they proceed with the kind of lucid talk from government officials that is but a dream in less-evolved countries like the US, where the federal government still classifies cannabis a dangerous narcotic on par with heroin and refuses to say much more. If you’d like to read the full Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, go nuts. For now, here’s a quartet of pertinent takeaways:

Keep It Casual 

Warnings against too-frequent use are a perennial component of the cannabis landscape, and the LRCUG makes it

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