With the legalization of cannabis in many areas in full swing, you would think that illegal cannabis use would drop. It appears that might not be the case in some areas. For young people who can’t yet purchase cannabis legally, turning to an illegal source is still proving to be lucrative. In some areas, it might even be easier now than it’s ever been. While we don’t condone the use of cannabis for young people, the reality is that anyone with a head on their shoulders is going to have to admit that illegal cannabis consumption is still a problem. And for adults, well, adults need to think about how and when they are using cannabis as well. Here are five things to consider before consuming cannabis products, whether you are young or old, or using legal or illegal cannabis.
Knowing where your cannabis comes from is the number one thing you can do to protect yourself. While cannabis is considered safe in many instances, there are also opportunities for illegal drug dealers to alter the state of cannabis, especially in edibles. You just can’t know what’s in a product when it’s offered to you or presented for sale. That’s why it’s important to know where you are getting your cannabis, who has had contact with it, and the chain of command – so to speak – of how it got into your hands. If you aren’t sure or you question the legitimacy of the information, don’t buy it.
Another thing to consider, which will go hand-in-hand with the source of your cannabis, is the age of the bud. If the plant has been recently harvested and not been treated in any way, you’ll find a more robust experience follows. If your cannabis has been altered, baked, laced, or diluted in any way, the result will be very different and potentially dangerous. Age also factors in the age of the user. Research suggests that young people should not use cannabis products until they are well into their late teens, and some suggest as late as mid-20’s because the brain is still developing.
The way you ingest or consume cannabis is going to impact your experience with it. For example, if you use a mini bong to smoke, or you roll a traditional joint, the experience will vary. If you are eating cannabis in a cookie or another food product, it will be different again. The various routes change the consistency, make-up and impact of the cannabis. What’s more, the same cannabis cookie can react differently in different people, so always make sure you know where the edible or product came from, how old it is, how old you are, and how you are ingesting it to get a clear picture of what may happen.
Some people know how their body responds to cannabis use. If this is the case, it’s important to consider the route, which we just talked about, so that you can control – at least to some degree – the outcome of cannabis use. If you don’t always have a great experience with a traditional joint, you might consider edibles for a faster and longer lasting effect.
Before you consume any cannabis products, be sure to consider how much time you have to allow the cannabis to leave your system. If you work with heavy equipment or do labor-intensive work for a living, you may be required by law to ensure there are no amounts of cannabis in your system before reporting to work. If you provide services and need to meet with people, consider how much time you need to get ready for your meetings or negotiations.
Whether you have been using cannabis for years or you are new to the scene, considering these five things can help ensure you have the best experience possible. If you aren’t sure, always ask someone and remember to check the reliability of your source to ensure you are getting the best advice to help you make decisions.