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After recreational cannabis became legal in Canada last October, concerns began to rise about the impact on the health of young people in particular. Experts claim a new set of guidelines published by the American Journal of Public Health may help lower the risk.

Researchers from Canada, the Netherlands and Australia examined studies that focused on adverse health effects from recreational cannabis use to determine recommendations on how to decrease the risk.

The research concluded that abstinence is the best way to avoid health problems for youth. Failing that, the research found that daily or near-daily use of cannabis is a strong predictor of mental health problems, heart problems, motor vehicle collisions and suicidal thoughts in youth.

The guidelines recommend that users know the amount of THC content in the cannabis products they consume and to choose products with lower THC levels. More recently, synthetic cannabis products, which are not legal, have been on the rise and can have concentrations of THC as high as 80 to 90 percent. The guidelines advise to stay away from synthetic products completely.

In total, the guidelines have comprised 10 major recommendations for the public, particularly youth.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/blog/new-guidelines-may-reduce-risk-of-legal-marijuana-in-youth-1.4986308

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