Cannabis is a plant that has been used for recreational and medicinal purposes for centuries, and with the recent relaxation of legal restrictions on cannabis use in many countries, its popularity is now higher than ever. However, it is crucial to approach cannabis use knowledgeably and responsibly to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience. Whether you are a new user or a seasoned enthusiast, understanding the best practices for using cannabis can help minimize potential risks and maximize benefits.
- Start with a low dose and go slowly:
One of the golden rules of cannabis use is to start with a low dose and gradually increase it. This approach allows you to assess your tolerance and sensitivity to the effects of cannabis. Different people may respond differently to cannabis, so it is important to understand your own limits and adjust the dose accordingly. Start with a small dose and give yourself enough time to assess how your body and mind react before considering increasing it.
- Know your products:
With the wide variety of cannabis products available, it is important to know what you are consuming. Familiarize yourself with the different strains, such as indica, sativa and hybrids, as each can have different effects on your body. Also, check the percentages of cannabinoid content, particularly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) levels, to learn more about each. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects, while CBD offers sedative and relaxing effects. Understanding the composition of the products you choose can help you make informed decisions and tailor your experience accordingly.
- It considers different methods of consumption:
Cannabis can be consumed in a variety of ways, including smoking, vaporizing, edibles, tinctures and topicals. Each method has its own onset time, duration of effects and potential risks. Smoking and vaporizing provide a quick effect, but can irritate the respiratory system, so it is important to use proper inhalation techniques and choose high-quality products. Edibles, on the other hand, have a slower and longer-lasting effect, and in some cases also more intense, which is a reward for the patience you must have while waiting for it to take effect. Because of this delayed potency, be careful with dosing and remember point 1: go slow to learn what dosage is right for you.
- Create a safe environment:
When using cannabis, especially the first few times, it is important to create a safe and comfortable environment. If these are your first forays into cannabis choose a place where you feel relaxed and preferably in the company of people you trust or are familiar with cannabis. Make sure the environment is free of possible distractions that could compromise your well-being. Since our brain, under a high dose of THC, is very sensitive to external stimuli that can affect the enjoyment of our psychoactive experience, it is best not to allow negative intrusions.
- Be aware of the possible risks:
While cannabis may offer therapeutic benefits, it is important to be aware of the potential risks, especially if you have certain pre-existing conditions or are taking medications. Consult with a healthcare professional before using cannabis if you have a history of mental health disorders, cardiovascular problems, respiratory conditions, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Cannabis may interact with certain medications, so it is important to discuss potential drug interactions with your healthcare provider.
- Stores and secures cannabis correctly:
Make sure it is stored in a cool, dark place to maintain its potency and freshness. Proper storage helps prevent accidental consumption and ensures that your cannabis remains safe for future use.
- Get your marijuana from a reliable supplier:
To know what you're consuming, it's best to purchase your cannabis from a trusted source such as a cannabis club or marijuana dispensary. If you want to access a diverse menu with high quality cannabis products and also make sure you get exactly what is indicated on the menu or label, don't buy marijuana on the street. Here in Barcelona, we are fortunate to have these spaces where marijuana consumption is legal, so if you are not yet a member of a cannabis club, register on this very website and wait for your invitation. Once you are accepted, you will have access to a private space where you can consume marijuana and meet other people who share the same interest.
A responsible use of marijuana can only lead to happier and healthier consumers. This can only be beneficial to the community, as it will also speak better of the plant and help eliminate all the prejudices that still persist in some sectors of society. We hope you found this article useful and that at least one thing you read today will help you extract a better cannabis experience.