If you live in a state where you have state sanctioned legal access to cannabis products either for recreational use or through a doctor’s medical recommendation, rest assured that that the world is watching your actions very closely. You are engaging in one massive beta test, a social experiment of grand proportions. Prohibitionists everywhere would have you believe that cannabis consumers have no regard or understanding for what constitutes as responsible use. Many bylaws in existing legal states even reflect similar misunderstandings relating to how our society perceives cannabis consumption.
So what does responsible cannabis use entail? Here are a few guidelines to get you started:
DO your research: If you are new to using cannabis, and/or if you wish to experiment with new ways to consume cannabis products, it is very important to first understand how these products can be used safely. There is a ton of misinformation out there in the world, so make sure that you are always using trusted sources. Topics to research include understanding how cannabinoids affect your mind and body, dosage and consumption methods, delays in effects with certain products, and where to safely purchase and consume your cannabis.
DON’T purchase untested cannabis: This is a no-brainer. If you live in a state that affords you access to legal cannabis products count yourself lucky. Dispensaries exist to provide you with SAFE and LEGAL access; Utilize them! Today, there are many avenues that you can take to purchase safe clean cannabis, from storefronts to delivery services. As long as your cannabis merchant is licensed to provide you cannabis, you are in the clear!
DON’T over consume: Understanding your personal tolerance is a process. The best way to go about this process is to start with low doses and very gradually supplement with more if necessary. With edibles, products can take several hours to fully kick in. When using edibles, its best to wait the recommended time before choosing to consume more, even if you cant feel anything right away. This same principle applies to flowers and cannabis concentrates. Start with small hits, making sure to space them out proportionally. Overconsumption is no fun as it can leave you disoriented and fatigued; Not to mention, it isn’t responsible!
DO be mindful of others: Not everybody has a tolerance for cannabis. Understand that where some products may affect you in one way, they could have a completely different effect on somebody else. Never expose somebody to more cannabis than they are capable of consuming responsibly. This is paramount when you are introducing others to responsible consumption methods.
DONT use cannabis in public spaces: The quickest way to land yourself in trouble with the law is to use cannabis where you shouldn’t, and right now public use is simply not legal. I know it may be tempting to take that joint with you to the baseball game, but rest assured that you get caught, you aren’t doing any favors for any of us. Public use could one day be a luxury we can all indulge in, but for now, let’s keep our cannabis use confined to private property.
DO ask questions: Wether you are shopping for cannabis or using a product for the first time, always seek to gain knowledge from those around you. Wisdom comes from experience, so make sure to take the time to experience cannabis with those who have an expanded understanding of the plant and its properties and consumption methods. Bud tenders are often a perfect resource for information mining, and they love to answer questions! Try picking their brain next time you drop in.