Responsible consumers of cannabis come from all walks of life, and are effective, contributing members of the community. If you are one of them, you can use marijuana without issues at home or in social settings whether for medical, relaxation or spiritual purposes, or for creativity and sensory enhancement. When properly integrated into a balanced, healthy and responsible lifestyle, cannabis is a positive and beneficial part of your life. However, like most things, too much of a good thing can be abused or misused.
Despite the fact that people are slowly accepting marijuana, it is still important to dispel stereotypes and myths associated with its use. When properly used, cannabis can have minimal harmful effects and offer a positive experience overall. We need to be mindful about using cannabis to maintain a good relationship with it and stay out of trouble. Below are some responsible use tips to keep in mind.
- Be conscious of the set and setting you are currently in, and if it is appropriate to use marijuana in such situation.
- Know how marijuana affects you, and be aware of your limits. If it makes you distracted or tired, never use it is you need to be focused and alert.
- Never use the excuse of being too high to do something. Similarly, do not blame cannabis for your lack of self-control and for not achieving your goals. If it gets in the way of fulfilling your responsibilities and obligations to yourself and the people around you, it is best to put off using it until you have completed these tasks. Marijuana can be a great reward at the end of the day for a job well done, and help you relax. In fact, some people use it only during weekends and special occasions.
- Do not use marijuana before school or work, unless you have a valid medical reason to do so. Employers expect their workers to not be stoned, drunk or high while on the job, so it is only fair to conform to reasonable workplace standards. Consequently, students need to concentrate at school and while doing their coursework. Thus, it is best to hold off using it until the work is done.
- Never drive or operate any kind of machinery or vehicle while impaired. It is wise to wait for a while after consuming cannabis before you go behind the wheel. If you can, perform a sobriety test by standing on one leg to test your balance. Do not drink or smoke pot before driving. Alcohol impairs your judgement and skills, and marijuana will not sober you up.
- Respect the people around you. Do not smoke in designated non-smoking areas.
- Take note that marijuana can have a synergistic effect with other medications and drugs. It is important to be informed about possible contraindication especially if you are taking other drugs.
- Listen and consider the constructive criticism and advice of other people. If you are behaving in a way that makes others uncomfortable, you might have reassess the way you use cannabis.
- Educate yourself about the laws, health risks, consequences and your rights of using cannabis. Aside from areas where its medical use is legal, marijuana remains to be largely illegal with harsh penalties.
- Minor use of cannabis is generally inappropriate and should be discouraged unless there is a valid medical reason to do so. Any adult found by authorities giving marijuana to minors can lead to serious consequences.
Cannabis can offer its users lots of benefits, whether for medical or recreational use. For as long as users use marijuana responsibly, they should have no problems enjoying the good things this amazing plant has to offer.