Consume Cannabis Safely and Responsibly With These 5 Tips

January 27, 2020 03:05 pm ET
Consume Cannabis Safely and Responsibly With These 5 Tips

Cannabis is breaking the stereotypes of the past and cultivating new awareness. More people are researching and consuming cannabis than ever before. They’re learning about things like the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid therapies, terpenes, THC, CBD, and much more.

With cannabis legalization slowly happening across the nation in the US, people are developing a deeper understanding of the plant. As a result, more folks are giving it a try. Cannabis is much more than just a recreational plant that produces a high. For many, it means a higher quality of life. It is also helping people to become more spiritually open, more mindful, and more creative than ever before!

With cannabis helping so many different people in so many different ways, more people are stepping out of the cannabis closet and embracing this widely misunderstood plant.  If you are one of those people who are new to the world of cannabis, here are a few tips to help you enjoy the experience and get the most out of it.

Stay Hydrated

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, a Harvard graduate with decades of medical experience who specializes in cannabinoid medicines and therapies, preaches the importance of drinking lots of water and staying hydrated. If you’re not hydrated properly, you’re not getting the full effect of the cannabis you’ve consumed. By drinking lots of water before and while you’re consuming cannabis, you, in essence, increases its effectiveness. In the long run, this means it will take less cannabis to produce the desired results you’re after. It will also leave your body feeling much more refreshed and help you to avoid dry mouth!

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Start Low and Slow

Starting off low and slow means consuming low amounts or dosages of cannabis and giving yourself time before consuming more. This is an excellent principle to apply until you know how cannabis treats you specifically. Edibles can take anywhere from 30 mins up to 2 hours on average before a consumer begins to feel any effect. Smoking a joint, bowl, blunt, bong, or doing a dab will result in an immediate impact. Cannabis can treat everyone differently, so trust yourself and how you feel while learning what amount is right for you.

Knowing Your Limits

Knowing your limit when it comes to cannabis is very important. Edibles and even smoking or vaping cannabis has been known to leave many people incapacitated. They either get the giggles where everything and anything is funny, an extreme case of the munchies leading to eating everything in sight, or an effect often referred to as couch-lock that leads to a term known as a weed nap. Knowing your limit will help keep your cannabis consumption from interfering with your daily life at home or work. While some may be able to handle a 1,000mg of THC daily, for others, a mere 10mg may be all that is needed!

Don’t Drive Under the Influence

While cannabis hasn’t been scientifically proven to cause a risk for drivers behind the wheel, it would be the responsible choice to never drive under the influence of cannabis. This is especially true for new consumers who are not used to or familiar with the effects that it may produce. Even long term consumers with high tolerances should avoid driving under the influence and always utilize caution when driving after medicating even in low doses.

Practice Caution & Avoid Combustion

One of the greatest things about the cannabis plant is its diversity in ways that it can be consumed. The days of only being able to smoke a joint or bowl are gone. Today there are many different ways that you can utilize this plant to your benefit, many of which avoid the only real risk of the consumption process, which is combustion. While everyone should enjoy a toke or two from time to time, combustion is no longer a necessity for consumption, and when it is avoided, it will only make your experience safer!

Staying hydrated, starting low and slow, knowing your limits, avoiding combustion, and never driving under the influence are all ways that you can get the most out of this incredible plant. Remember to consume responsibly and enjoy the world more with the help of a little herbal healing and inspiration!

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