Cannabis use is increasing across the globe as an exciting and natural method of medical and recreational relaxation. Luckily, companies are producing safe (and legal) products to support the growing use of cannabis and its qualities. Because this is a relatively new practice, you may have concerns as to how to use cannabis products safely and effectively. There are a variety of uses and consequences of cannabis use, so do your research before buying and take your time to experiment with appropriate amounts for you. Follow these steps if you are new to cannabis and are looking to get a healthy start for your first try.
Decide Why You Use
The first step to deciding how much cannabis to experiment with (and which products to buy) is to understand why you are using Cannabis in the first place. If you require cannabis for medically-prescribed reasons, consult with your doctor to decide the correct amounts and brands for you. Cannabis is increasingly used for pain and stress management, so collaborate with your doctor before self-diagnosing cannabis as a treatment method.
You may also be considering cannabis for recreational use. Cannabis can be a powerful natural relaxant to help you wind down after a long day, or to simply ease your body’s stress levels if you are prone to physical stress. Recreational cannabis use may require you to start with small doses and increase as you feel comfortable.
After you’ve decided why cannabis is the right product for you, educate yourself on resources available to support your use. There are different compositions of cannabis and other chemicals in certain products and brands, so learn about ingredients you may be sensitive to (or ones that are not FDA-approved). You should also educate yourself on the benefits and consequences of using cannabis regularly. If you are prone to addiction, consult with your doctor or psychologist to ensure you are making the best decisions. You can also research different types of cannabis products, such as cartridges or edible forms. Learn the difference between synthetic marijuana and any other specific products you are looking to use in order to make informed decisions. Learning as much as you can will help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable use without suffering any negative consequences.
Experiment Over Time
The best way to create a healthy approach to your cannabis use is to simply experiment over time. You may begin with small doses, and this is a safe way to ensure you do not overdo your experience or become reliant on more than you need. Like any other food or supplement, your body will react uniquely in both mental and physical ways. Being aware of any major changes will help you edit your dosages or products as you learn what is best for you. This is especially important for medical cannabis use, as your doctor or psychiatrist may be supervising your use for progress and improvements. Experimenting can also look like monitoring your daily stress or pain levels if you are using cannabis for a specific purpose. By keeping a record, you can make informed decisions to edit your dosage as you go.
Healthy cannabis use is becoming safer with more research and ethical companies creating products for both medical and recreational use. Be sure to research complications and risks of addiction if you have concerns, and collaborate with your care providers if you are using cannabis as a treatment for specific symptoms. By following these easy steps, you can feel confident in your choices as you begin a safe and experimental use of cannabis.
Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.