- Don’t consume and drive
- Lock your cannabis related products up and out of the reach of children and pets
- Be respectful of the people around you
What are the effects of consuming cannabis?
The effects vary from person to person. They are dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to:
- Amount used (dosage)
- Strain of cannabis used and method of consumption
- Experience and history of cannabis use
- Mindset or mood
- Nutrition or diet
- Types of cannabis product
What should I know before consuming cannabis?
Not all cannabis products are the same. There are different types of cannabis products as well as different kinds of strains.
Infused vs Inhalation – Ingesting typically produces much stronger and longer-lasting effects. Inhaling cannabis effects are almost immediate with the peak at 30 minutes, whereas ingestion can take up to 2 hrs to take effect and can peak a couple of hours after that.
Flower – almost immediate effect (with 5-20 minutes). The height of the effect is usually at about 30 minutes, so wait until then before consuming more. Start with only a puff or two.
Concentrates – Highly concentrated forms of cannabis, such as hashes, waxes, oils, and kief. Concentrates are usually smoked or vaporized, but can also be used to produce edibles. Start with a small amount and wait at least 20-30 minutes before using more.
Edibles – Start low and go slow
- Read the products packaging to determine how many servings are in your package. Under Colorado law, a serving is up to 10 milligrams of THC, so we recommend you start there.
- Remember it might take up 2 hours to feel the effects, so be careful not to take a second serving to soon.
What will happen and what should I do if I consume too much cannabis?
Cannabis is non-toxic to healthy human cells and organs so you do not need to worry about dying from a cannabis overdose. But you can overdo it and it will be a very unpleasant experience if you aren’t careful.
- Over-consumption of cannabis is typically characterized by an increase in heart rate, dryness of mouth and/or feelings of paranoia or anxiety. These symptoms are temporary and will dissipate within an hour for smoked or vaporized flower, longer for concentrates and anywhere from 30 min-2 hours for edibles or infused products.
- If you do consume too much cannabis, try to stay calm and remember that the feeling is only temporary. Lay or sit down, close your eyes and try to relax. If your discomfort becomes so intense that you need medical attention, ask someone to take you to the emergency room or call 9-1-1. Do NOT drive anywhere.
Is cannabis harmful to my health?
Every objective study on cannabis has concluded that it is far less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society. It is less addictive, less damaging to the body and less likely to contribute to violent or reckless behavior. There is a wealth of information available on this subject, feel free to check out “the Marijuana Policy Project” website and the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine’s “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.”
- Cannabis is not for children or teenagers because there still remain questions about its potential impact on the developing brain.
- Although the addictive properties of cannabis are relatively minimal compared to alcohol and other drugs, people who are predisposed to addictive behaviors may want to avoid cannabis.
- People suffering from certain mental health conditions should avoid using cannabis. The evidence is not conclusive, but there are indicators that it could exacerbate symptoms associated with psychosis, depression, or schizophrenia.
- Pregnant women should avoid consuming cannabis much like they would tobacco or alcohol.
- Because inhaling smoke can irritate the respiratory system, it should be avoided by individuals who suffer from breathing-related conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Using cannabis can produce temporary increase in heart rate, so people with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid using it of consult their physicians first.
- There is also research that suggests people suffering from severe liver problems should refrain from consuming cannabis.