Facts About Edibles

Are there different types of cannabis edibles? 

Edibles come in many different liquid forms and food types, including:

  • Brownies;
  • Cookies;
  • Candies, including gummies, suckers and chocolates;
  • Drinks; and
  • Popcorn.

Who can buy edibles?

In Manitoba, people 19 years of age and older can legally buy and use retail weed on October 17, 2018. Edible cannabis products will not be sold until October 2019, however it will be legal for adults over 19 to make their own edibles at home. The laws for cannabis use in Manitoba differ based on the type used. Cannabis use is not recommended for youth because of the harm it can cause to your health.

Will ingesting cannabis affect me differently than smoking it?

Yes. Unlike smoking cannabis, where the effects can be felt almost immediately, effects from edibles can:

  • Take from 30 minutes to two hours to take effect.
  • Last longer than expected depending on the dose, last meal, and/or medications or alcohol used at the same time.

Why do edible cannabis products seem stronger?

The amount of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, can be very different in cannabis edible products. This makes it harder to control how much THC is consumed. The amount of THC in homemade cannabis edibles can vary even more because it is very hard to control the amount of THC in your food and to make sure that the THC is spread evenly through the entire batch of food .

Many people can be caught off-guard by the stronger concentration and long-lasting effects of edibles. Since retail cannabis was legalized in other places, poison & drug centres have reported an increase in calls related to consuming edibles.

What do I do if I or someone I know ate or drank too much of an edible cannabis product?

Call 911, or the Manitoba Poison Centre, 1-855-7POISON (1-855-776-4766) immediately if you are worried about the health and safety of yourself or others.