Be Careful When Consuming
Marijuana can be a powerful substance, especially if you don’t use it appropriately. Here are some guidelines for using it safely.
Store it Safely
Store all marijuana products in a locked area, out of sight and out of reach of children. Keep marijuana in the child-resistant packaging from the retailer. Remember, how you store marijuana should change as your children get older. What works to protect a toddler from accidental ingestion may not work to protect a curious teenager who might be looking for it. You can always contact SafeRx Mendocino for a free lock bag.
It’s illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. If you get caught, you could be charged with a DUI. Driving high or riding with a high driver isn’t just risky, it’s potentially deadly. Make the right choice by planning to wait several hours if you’re going to drive. So if you’re smoking, wait six hours before driving. If you’re having edibles, wait eight hours.
Go Slow With Edibles
The effects of eating or drink marijuana can take up to four hours to peak, so it’s wise to wait at least four hours before consuming more. The standard serving size is 10 mg of THC, so don’t use more than that to start.
Don't Let Accidents Happen
Always keep marijuana safely out of reach of children. If a child eats or drinks marijuana by accident, they may need immediate medical help.
Signs of accidental ingestion include:
- Problems walking or sitting up
- Difficulty breathing
- Becoming sleepy
If you worry a child may have ingested marijuana accidentally, call the poison control hotline (1-800-222-1222). If the reaction seems bad, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.
Keep Your Pets Safe
It is rare that a dog will die from marijuana poisoning, but severe medical issues can occur, such as anxiety, lethargy, impaired balance, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, or extreme responses to noises, movements, or other stimulus. It is best to keep your stash far away from a place your pets could get it. If your pet ingests marijuana, call your vet right away.
Also, just as secondhand smoke can be harmful for human’s lungs, the same is true for your pets, so it’s best not to smoke marijuana around them.
Know your Source
You don’t want to buy your marijuana from just anyone. Sometimes marijuana gets mixed with other substances that can have a major effect on your health. It is important to know where your marijuana comes from and what exactly is in it. Buying from a licensed retail location allows you to know exactly what you are buying.
Some Things Don't Mix
Using alcohol and marijuana at the same time is likely to result in greater impairment than using either one alone. It's not a good idea to combine them, because it is difficult to know how much is too much. Also, be aware that marijuana can have an effect on prescription drugs. Ask your doctor if marijuana could interfere with your prescribed medication.
Secondhand Smoke is No Joke
Marijuana smoke contains many of the same chemicals found in tobacco smoke, so be mindful of those around you who don’t want to be exposed, especially children, pregnant women, and pets.
Know How Much is Too Much
Marijuana affects everybody differently, and varying doses, strains and forms can lead to different lengths and strengths of impairment. If you are unsure how marijuana will affect you, start with a low dose. For edibles, a serving is 10 mg. Dabbing uses highly concentrated THC and should only be used by those who have used marijuana in the past. For those who are new to marijuana, be aware that one toke can get you high. The rule is to go slow.
Oops, You Had Too Much
The symptoms of using too much marijuana are similar to the typical effects of using marijuana, but more severe. These symptoms may include extreme confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, delusions or hallucinations, increased blood pressure and/or severe nausea/vomiting. If someone is having trouble breathing, has pale skin, or is unresponsive, call 911.