While there have never been any recorded deaths or overdoses from cannabis, there are still certain guidelines every safe cannabis consumer should follow. If you’ve recently been introduced to cannabis and want to learn what it takes to be a responsible cannabis consumer, check out these 5 simple rules:
1. Know the law
Laws regarding the sale and possession of cannabis vary state to state. Educate yourself on your local laws regarding cannabis, and make sure you’re aware of marijuana laws while traveling internationally or out of state.
2. Do your research
There are plenty of resources available to help you better understand cannabis and its effects. The medicinal benefits of cannabis include everything from easing pain and nausea in cancer patients to relieving anxiety or sparking creativity.
3. Always read package labels
It’s important to know exactly what is in the cannabis you’re consuming. The labels on cannabis packaging usually display how much THC and CBD is present, the total percentage of cannabinoids, harvest date and more.
4. Don’t drive under the influence of cannabis
One of the effects of consuming cannabis is impaired fine motor skills. If you’re under the influence of cannabis, your ability to drive may be negatively impacted. People caught behind the wheel consuming cannabis could face DUI charges—it is treated the same as driving under the influence of alcohol in most states.
5. Consume cannabis for the first time around people you trust
If it’s your first time consuming cannabis, it’s a good idea to try marijuana around people you feel comfortable with and can trust, just in case you start to feel a little paranoid or suddenly burst into an uncontrollable bout of laughter. At the very least, you will be surrounded by good company.
Heed these rules, and enjoy partaking—safely!