Start low, go slow: know the facts about cannabis use
Those with no prior experience with cannabis are cautioned to begin at a very low amount and to immediately stop if unacceptable or undesirable side effects occur (e.g. disorientation, dizziness, and loss of coordination, agitation, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, low blood pressure/feeling faint, depression, hallucinations, or psychosis).
Choose products with a low amount of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), and an equal or higher amount of CBD (cannabidiol). THC is responsible for the high and intoxication in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause intoxication. Certain evidence suggests that CBD may mitigate some of the intoxicating effects of THC on the mind, when it is used in cannabis that has a higher ratio of CBD to THC. CBD is also being studied for its possible therapeutic uses such as treatment of inflammation and seizures.
Alcohol and cannabis taken together can multiply the effects of intoxication, increasing your risk of injury or harm. Avoid combining alcohol and cannabis, especially in safety-sensitive situations.
Smoking cannabis is not recommended. Smoking cannabis may increase the risk of developing respiratory infections or chronic cough. Do not smoke or vaporize cannabis in the presence of children. If you do choose to use, consider alternate methods such as the ingestion of oils or capsules.
Avoid frequent use, which can lead to a physical dependency and cannabis use disorder. You may be at a higher risk if you have a family history of mental illness or other types of mental disorders. If you or someone you know is worried about cannabis use, consult your doctor.
Always store cannabis securely, and out of reach from children, youth, and pets.
Remember, what works for others may not work for you. Educating yourself and cautious experimentation will help you find your way.
It is a myth that cannabis use cannot result in disorders. Continued, frequent use can lead to physical dependency and cannabis use disorder. You may be at a higher risk if you have a family history of mental illness or other types of mental disorders. If you or someone you know is worried about cannabis use, consult your doctor.