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How to Reduce the Risks of Using Cannabis

Despite the documents and stories about how our ancestors incorporate marijuana in medical practices, there are still a huge number of people being doubtful of its efficiency. Of course, we are talking about our health here so it is just natural to weigh down the pros and cons of using Cannabis. And while we have read its potential therapeutic properties in many medical books, we cannot also erase the fact that Cannabis comes with many health risks. An incorrect dosage of medical marijuana can get you high and addicted.

So, how should we use Cannabis then? Let’s face it, Cannabis has a huge potential to treat as many illnesses. But we are too afraid to get dose of our own actions that is why we remain hesitant towards it. The Do’s and Don’ts below will help us reduce the health risks when using Cannabis.

The Don’ts:

  #1 Don’t use Cannabis if you have a history of substance abuse

Individuals with history of substance abuse have lower toxicity level and higher risks of experiencing the side effects compared to people who have not tried using any substance before. As much as possible, refrain from using Cannabis specifically THC since it is the most psychoactive component of marijuana.

#2 Don’t use synthetic Cannabis

Synthetic Cannabis is very dangerous yet it gets increasingly popular in some areas of United States nowadays. Most of the synthetic Cannabis are manufactured outside the country and contains substances that might have not been medically approved; which could poison or harm your health.

#3 Don’t take alcohol and Cannabis together

Alcohol alone can give you the high. If mixed with Cannabis, the effect will be enhanced. The toxicity of both substances will stay longer in the body. Aside from that, your organs will also work double time as an effect of the substances — heart beating extra fast, liver functioning more than the usual; which can result to damage to these organs.

#5 Don’t drive or operate any machine while being high

The toxicity of Cannabis will stay in our system for as long as 6 hours depending on the dosage we take. Remember, toxicity brought by Cannabis slows down your reflexes and other senses.

The Do’s:

#1 Do use the right balance of Cannabis

You know that THC causes you the high while CBD has zero psychoactive effects. To minimize the risks, opt for a low-THC substance or better yet, go for a combination of both components.

#2 Do choose edible Cannabis than smoking it

Smoking Cannabis exposed you to higher risks of respiratory illnesses especially when you practice risky inhalation process. If you can’t prevent smoking it, then better use bong or any smoking device to filter your weed.

#3 Do clean your equipment

In whatever you do, always practice proper hygiene. Don’t forget to clean up your equipment before and after using Cannabis. Aside from the bad taste dirty equipment gives to your marijuana, there are also contaminants that might put your healthy at more risks.

#4 Use Cannabis in moderation

If possible, delay using it to keep yourself from its possible health risks; specifically, before adulthood. Aside from that, individuals who started using Cannabis for recreational purposes at an early age also developed addiction to the substance earlier.