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A Guide to Responsibly Enjoying Cannabis

Quality is more important than quantity, so please enjoy in a responsible way.

Different cannabis products and how they affect someone varies from person to person.  Learn more about smart consumption before you try consumption outside a safe location.

Factors that influence your cannabis consumption

Timing and Bioavailability – The amount of cannabis that is absorbed from a particular dose is an important determining factor of effect. The timing of an effect can depend on the manner that cannabis is being consumed; smoking cannabis produces faster effects than eating or oral consumption.

When smoking cannabis, the THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream immediately carrying the chemical to the brain and distributing it to other organs, therefore you start feeling its effect almost immediately. On the other hand, orally consumed cannabis is first transformed by the liver to 11-hydroxy-delta-9-THC and it takes some time until it reaches the brain, therefore it takes longer for you to feel the effect, somewhere between 1 to 2 hrs.

Concentration – The higher the concentration of THC in the product, usually the stronger the effect.

When does cannabis typically peak? — The feeling of being “high” is felt within minutes when smoking cannabis, and usually reaches its peak between 10-30 minutes. When orally consumed, the feeling of being “high” usually occurs around 1 to 2 hours, and usually reaches its peak somewhere between 2.5-3.5 hours.

When does the effects of cannabis typically wear off? — Effects of smoked marijuana begins to wear off about 2 hours after initial use, but some individuals may be affected even longer.  Orally consumed cannabis can take 4-6 hours or more for effects to wear off.

Consumption Recommendations: Start slowly with a very low dose. Adverse side effects tend to set in with continued or heavy consumption, so start with just a puff or two when smoking and see how you feel.  If you are trying an edible, start with a 2.5-5mg dose of THC and wait 1-2 hours to feel the effects.

IMPORTANT: YOU SHOULD ALWAYS START BY TESTING SMALL AMOUNTS OF ANY NEW CANNABIS PRODUCT AND GIVE YOURSELF BETWEEN 2-3 HOURS TO FEEL THE EFFECT BEFORE CONSUMING MORE.  OVER TIME YOU LEARN HOW MUCH CANNABIS YOU CAN RESPONSIBLY TOLERATE.

YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT WITH A DOCTOR BEFORE CONSUMING CANNABIS.

Consumption Tips and Responsibilities

  1. Make sure you’re of a legal drinking age.  You must be 21 years or older to consume cannabis.  Legal consumption varies by state, you must reside in a state that is legal to consume cannabis.
  2. Never purchase for or share cannabis with those who are underage.
  3. Make a plan to go out and get home safely.  Choose a designated driver or make plans to take public transportation, a taxi or a ridesharing service.
  4. Pace yourself. REMEMBER: Different types of cannabis products may take longer to feel the effects than others.
  5. Do not mix cannabis with alcohol or other drugs.
  6. Do not consume cannabis while pregnant or nursing.
  7. The decision whether to consume cannabis and how much to consume is a personal one.  Never give your friends or guests a hard time if they choose not to consume, instead, help them have a positive experience with cannabis by respecting and supporting their pace, and how much they consume, or not at all!

Protecting Children and Teens

  1. Always keep cannabis away from anyone under the age of 21.
  2. If you purchase a multiple use cannabis product, make sure to reseal it back in the Child Resistant packaging that it came in.  Keep in mind that—like alcohol—teens may search for cannabis products at home. Locking it up is an effective way to prevent teen use. We highly recommend purchasing a small safe.  Here is a link to a safe that will help: click here https://saferlockrx.com/product/medication-lock-box/
  3. If you find that your child has consumed cannabis, call 911 immediately.

Possible Side Effects from Over Consumption of Cannabis

  1. If you consume more cannabis than your tolerance level, your experience may not be pleasant.  Consuming too much cannabis can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked.  In some cases, you may become paranoid.   If you feel overwhelmed by any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.
  2. Cannabis can cloud your senses.  It may distort your sense of time, slow your motor skills, and make it hard to focus and remember things.  It is very important to familiarize yourself with the cannabis product that you are going to consume before using it outside a safe location.

Tip:  Drink lots of water while using cannabis.  Hydration is a key to avoiding many unpleasant side effects.  If you begin to feel too “high” and you are able to take CBD, it may help to offset the effects of THC.  Remember, if you feel overwhelmed, call 911 immediately.

Always purchase cannabis from licensed entities

  1. Only licensed entities, both retail (dispensaries) and delivery services, have safe, fully tested, cannabis products.  It’s crucial to do so since cannabis sold in the black market are likely to have pesticides and other micro-organisms which may impact your health.  You can find a list of licensed locations at the Bureau of Cannabis Control: https://online.bcc.ca.gov/bcc/customization/bcc/cap/licenseSearch.aspx
  2. All licensed cannabis products are required to include THC and CBD content on their labels, therefore helping you correctly assess how much you’ll be taking

Cannabis Truths & Myths

I’M AN EXPERIENCED DRIVER SO CONSUMING CANNABIS BEFORE DRIVING IS UNLIKELY TO POSE A PROBLEM.

FALSE. To drive safely you need good vision, sound judgment and quick reactions. Being intoxicated may impair all three. Plan ahead and choose a designated driver before using cannabis.

A STRONG COFFEE WILL HELP BREAK DOWN THE CANNABIS IN YOUR SYSTEM MORE QUICKLY.

FALSE. A strong cup of coffee won’t do the trick, and neither will a cold shower, nor a walk in the fresh air. All of these “remedies” are myths. Only time will reduce or eliminate the THC effects. The more THC you have had, the longer you will have to wait.

CANNABIS AFFECTS DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

TRUE.  Cannabis affects each person differently. How cannabis affects individuals depends on, among other things, their intake, their size and the tolerance they may have built up over time.

ALL CANNABIS CONTAINS THE SAME AMOUNT OF THC.

FALSE.  Different cannabis products and brands have differing amounts of cannabis included in the product.  Always look for the THC content on the package prior to consuming so that you have some idea of what you’ll be ingesting and pace yourself.  Once you’ve determined the right amount of THC for you, you’ll be able to anticipate the effect you like and have a positive experience.

MUNCHIES ARE REAL.

TRUE.  In a study performed on mice, scientists found marijuana causes hunger by hijacking part of the brain—the hypothalamus. Scientists injected cannabinoids into a specific section of each mouse’s hypothalamus and found the neurons that regulate and suppress hunger actually worked harder under the influence of the cannabinoids. The result? Rampant hunger. Not that we needed the study to determine this fact.

YOU CAN’T OVERDOSE ON WEED.

FALSE.  First you need to understand what an overdose is. An overdose simply means you take more than the normal or recommended amount. So, is it possible to overdose on cannabis? Yes. Symptoms of a (non-lethal) weed overdose include anxiety, paranoia, dizziness, and loss of coordination.  However, in order to die, a person would need to consume approximately 15,000 pounds of cannabis. So, it’s not easy to die from cannabis.