Plan and Prepare
Each person uses and reacts to cannabis in different ways so don’t plan on your reaction being the same as your friend’s. Keep some CBD dominant cannabis on hand to counteract symptoms caused by taking too much THC dominant cannabis. Have friends nearby to help if you take too much and keep a comfortable chair, couch or bed nearby for the same reason. Do not drive while on cannabis, it is against the law and you may hurt someone. Remember, cannabis can be enjoyable and beneficial to your health but consume it responsibly.
Negative Side Effects
Negative side effects of consuming cannabis include but are not limited to: anxiety, elevated heart rate, heightened blood pressure, feelings of paranoia, lethargy, dizziness, confusion, cognitive dysfunction, impaired reaction time and short-term memory loss. Listen to your body and over-communicate with your friends, and if you do feel like you need medical help consult a doctor or go to the emergency room.
Keep in mind that most negative effects are temporary and non-fatal as long as you don’t take unnecessary risks such as driving or operating dangerous machinery. Just use your brain before you partake and you’ll be OK.
Positive Side Effects
The positive side effects of cannabis consumption are more numerous than negative side effects. Cannabis can open up a world filled with happiness, friendliness, closeness, empathy, peacefulness, wonder, inspiration, adventure, motivation, comfort and many more benefits too numerous to mention. Unlike alcohol and many other legal and illegal drugs, cannabis does not cause aggression in most people.
Reaction treatment is often neglected when friends get together so plan, don't react, because stress only makes it worse for the affected. Provide a comfortable place to sit or lie down just in case someone gets dizzy. Don't leave them alone or in a precarious position and if they want to sleep it off (the most common remedy), check on them periodically. Keep CBD oil on hand to counteract the effects of THC which lessens the high to a more comfortable level. Remember to keep food and water nearby to make sure hunger and dehydration don't make things worse.
The tide is turning. A majority of Americans think cannabis should be legal and our laws, state by state, are starting to accomplish this. But millions are still denied access, or languish in prisons, due to antiquated laws that hurt rather than help us.
Do your part to help these fellow citizens and show the world how cannabis should be managed, with education, understanding and compassion:
- Support reform legislation efforts by the Senate
- Ask your Congressional Representative to join the Cannabis Caucus
- Support Veterans’ access to Medical Marijuana