Like all other drugs, marijuana must be used responsibly. Some people have tried to refute that statement by claiming that marijuana is not a drug. Well, folks, it is. Being a drug is not always a bad thing. Even caffeine is a drug. Both of these substances are benign in nature. The effects of both are mild, especially after users develop a tolerance.
Being a drug is not always a bad thing. Even caffeine is a drug. Both of these substances are benign in nature. The effects of both are mild, especially after users develop a tolerance.
With both medical becoming more popular, marijuana education must be available for both new and seasoned users alike. So, here is a step-by-step guide on how to use marijuana safely and responsibly.
First, people should not drive while under the influence of marijuana. While marijuana is not as potent as alcohol, marijuana still should not be used when driving.
Many medications’ warning labels recommend that users do not drive while taking said medications. Marijuana is no different from those medications.
A marijuana user should wait several hours after smoking marijuana before he or she drives anywhere. Like alcohol, the more marijuana one consumes, the longer he or she will have to wait.
Marijuana users, especially novice users, should be careful about how much marijuana they consume. For new users, Adam Dachis states, “Take your first dose in a small amount (4-6mg) in the early evening (7:00 to 9:00 PM) before a day where you have nothing of consequence to do” (1).
More experienced users can experiment with how much to take; however, they should remember to take only as much as they need to medicate themselves or get a mild high. Consuming too much alcohol can prove to have lethal consequences, and the same goes for marijuana.
People should know whether the marijuana they are consuming is either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant. These two types of marijuana have very different effects. Because sativa is THC-heavy, its effects are more cerebral and mind altering. Indica, on the other hand, produces a body high. If a marijuana user is accustomed to one type of marijuana, the other type will likely have adverse effects on the user.
Therefore, it is imperative that a marijuana user knows exactly what he or she is smoking.
How a marijuana user ingests his or her marijuana will affect the high of the user. Smoking and vaporizing will affect users quickly. Smoking, however, is not as safe as eating or vaporizing marijuana. Eating marijuana can produce a different high from smoking marijuana.
Many people claim that eating marijuana produces a much stronger high than any other means of ingestion. Some of the effects of ingesting too much marijuana include paranoia, anxiety, increased heart rate, and hallucinations in extreme cases.
While users should not be overly concerned if they ingest too much marijuana, they should still seek help if the high becomes overbearing. With that being said, remember that the best way to enjoy marijuana is safely and responsibly.
Dachis, Adam. “How to Use Medical Marijuana Safely and Responsibly.” Lifehacker. Web, 25 Apr. 2016. http://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-medical-marijuana-safely-and-responsibly-1770545055