Being Responsible When Using Cannabis Recreationally

If you are in a state where recreational cannabis is now legal, you may be excited to give this substance a try without worrying about legal repercussions. But while marijuana is legal and the substance is generally safe to use, you must remember to be responsible in this venture. Here are some tips to ensure you're using your cannabis responsibly. You'll find them particularly useful if you are new to the substance.

1. Stay at home.

Once you know how cannabis will affect you, then you may choose to use limited amounts when you are out and about. But for the time being, the safest place to use your weed is at home. This way, if you have any less-than-pleasant effects like paranoia, you will be in a comfortable spot and you won't have to worry about getting home.

2. Know the strain you're using.

Different strains have different concentrations of THC. OG Kush, for example, is a pretty low-THC strain, so you can smoke or vape a lot without getting too stoned. Royal Gorilla, on the other hand, is a really high-THC strain that may have you sinking into the couch after a few hits. Know about the strain you're using, and monitor your intake accordingly.

3. If using edibles, start with a low dose.

It's common for people who are new to edibles to take way too much the first time. The THC takes a while to kick in, so you might assume you need to take more when really all you need to do is wait. Do not take more than 5 mg THC the first time you try edibles. Don't be surprised if you don't feel the full effects for an hour or more. If you're not as high as you'd like, take a little more the next time. 

4. Don't drive.

Laws regarding driving while on cannabis are complicated. That's one reason why legalization is taking so long—governments are not sure how to ensure people do not drive dangerously when using cannabis. Don't make the problem worse by driving while high and becoming a statistic. If you need to go somewhere while high, send for an Uber or take public transportation.

Using cannabis can be enjoyable, but there is a certain amount of responsibility involved. Don't risk causing yourself harm or tarnishing the reputation of users in general by using this substance without the proper respect. Visit a recreational cannabis dispensary today for more information.