With more and more states legalizing marijuana for recreational use, chances are you already have access to legal marijuana. If you don’t have access to legal marijuana, you probably will soon.
When used recreationally, cannabis can increase the pleasure you get from daily activities like exercising, eating good food and watching movies. However, because cannabis is an intoxicant, it is important to use it responsibly.
Know Your Limit
While it is not possible to overdose on cannabis, it is possible to consume too much. Overconsumption of cannabis can lead to an unenjoyable and overly intense high.
If it is your first time using cannabis, it may be tempting to smoke a whole joint, but this could cause you to become too high. It is better to ease into marijuana, taking one hit or drag, and then waiting a few minutes before taking another. This way, you will be able to control how high you become.
Easy on the Edibles
For people who do not enjoy the act of smoking, cannabis-infused foods are a great way to enjoy the plant.
Edibles often take an hour or more to kick in. Some people may mistake this delay in effects as an indicator that they have not eaten enough and will eat more to try to increase the effects. This can lead to an overwhelming high.
At a recreational marijuana dispensary, the edibles you purchase will usually have a label telling you how much THC is in the product. The packaging may also include a recommended dosing guide. It is better to eat too little than to eat too much.
Do Not Drive
Consuming cannabis leads to the impairment of your motor skills, reaction time and coordination. Not only is it illegal to drive while under the influence of THC, but it is also very dangerous.
Although you may feel confident enough to drive, it is important to remember that you are putting the safety of those around you at risk if you drive under the influence. Depending on how much cannabis you consume, you should wait at least four to six hours before getting behind the wheel of a car.
Consider Staying Dry
Cannabis and alcohol are both intoxicants, and consuming them together can lead to some undesired and even dangerous effects.
Alcohol and cannabis have a synergistic relationship, so combining the two can lead to reduced rationality and decreased judgment. Cannabis can also increase some of the negative side effects of excessive alcohol consumption, including nausea and dizziness.