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Plan ahead with cannabis edibles

If you’re going to do edibles, do anything but drive.

Attitudes and Perceptions of Canadians

1 in 5

younger Canadians say they have driven high or have travelled in a vehicle with a high driver (CAA Polling, 2020)

7 in 10

young Canadians understand the importance of planning alternative travel arrangements after consuming cannabis, in a positive sign (CAA Polling, 2019)


of young Canadians said they think it is safe to drive less than five hours after consuming cannabis (CAA polling, 2020)

Edibles and driving don’t mix.

CAA has compiled evidence-based information and resources on edibles to help you and your loved-ones stay safe on the road.

Plan ahead

Ingesting cannabis can delay your reaction time making you a worse driver. Don’t drive high, plan ahead.

Eating an edible can affect you longer than inhaling cannabis.  And while research varies, edibles may remain in your system for up to 12 hours.  Edibles may cause a different or delayed type of high compared to smoking and as such it is important to know your plans before eating anything. Schedule a rideshare, have a designated driver or spend the evening at home – just don’t get behind the wheel.

Take your time

If consuming edibles, the initial effects can be delayed, depending on the amount of edibles you have ingested and their level of THC. Ingesting edibles on a full or empty stomach can also determine the amount of time it takes to feel the effects. After consuming an edible stay in a safe, comfortable place where you can wait for the high to hit.

Read the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction’s 7 things you need to know about edible cannabis here.

Learn more about your province’s cannabis legislation on CAA’s Laws and FAQ page. For further tools and resources please visit here.

*Production of  the “Do Anything But Drive” campaign has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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