Button/Video/Play/Default Copy
Error:

8 Responsible Use Tips To Help You Be A Real Adult

Adulting is hard, we get that. Taxes? Mortgages? Cell phone plans? Too confusing. One thing that isn’t confusing, though, is how to responsibly consume cannabis. Check out these responsible use tips, and prove to everyone that you are, in fact, a real adult. As for those taxes? Well, you’re on your own.

Space
Title

1) Start Low, Go Slow

It’s almost as if, and hear us out, different people have different reactions to things. That’s why you should always start low and go slow if you’re new to cannabis consumption.

 

Reactions also depend on a number of different factors, like what type of cannabis you consumed, how you consumed it, how tired you are, and what you’ve had to eat. It’s nearly impossible to predict your reaction to different strains, so always proceed with caution if you’re trying something new.

 

Since we’re being helpful, we’ve got a lil’ chart for reference if you’re new to the cannabis world:

 

Dried Flower: 1-2 inhalations of dried cannabis that is low in THC and high in CBD   

Softgel: start with just one 2.5 mg (THC) softgel

Oil: start with just one approximate 2.5 mg (THC) spritz

 

If you’re inhaling your cannabis, make sure you wait 15-30 minutes before trying more. If you’re ingesting your cannabis, wait a full 24 hours before increasing the amount you consume.

 

You’re always better safe than sorry.

 

Space
Title

2) THC vs CBD

It’s pretty easy to get lost in the world of acronyms, and we can’t help decipher all of them. But when it comes to THC and CBD we’re happy to shed some light on the subject.

 

THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol if you want to get fancy, is the compound in cannabis that makes you “high.” It has psychoactive effects, and it’s responsible for the feelings many people experience when consuming cannabis.

 

CBD, or cannabidiol, on the other hand, is another compound found in cannabis, but it doesn’t produce the same psychoactive effects as THC. In fact, CBD can act as a buffer against some of the effects of THC.

 

Crazy how that works, eh?

 

Space
Title

3) Different Formats

You may be familiar with smoking joints, but there are other, healthier ways to consume cannabis too. Check them out:

 

Dried Flower

Okay, yes. We did just mention this. But we want to lay it all out there. You can inhale dried flower by smoking a joint or using a vapourizer. This way you feel the effects within a few moments, and they’re probably going to last six hours or longer.

 

Softgels

Just like most other pills, you take softgels orally. The effects will last a lot longer than if you inhale cannabis, but it will take 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for them to kick in.

 

Oil

Convenience is key, which is why our oils come in spray bottles so you can get the same approximate dose every time. You’ll feel the effects of cannabis oil within five to 30 minutes, and they’ll last much longer than if you inhale cannabis.

 

Space
Title

4) Don’t Drive High

There is literally no acceptable reason for you to drive high. None. Nada. Just don’t do it. If you still don’t get it...here are some facts:

 

  • Because cannabis affects reaction time, attention, and decision-making in complex situations, it limits your ability to drive safely and stay stable in one lane of traffic.

  • Driving after consuming cannabis raises the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

  • Research has shown that many people who consume cannabis don’t realize their driving is impaired, and some people actually think it makes them a better driver [1]. These people are wrong.

 

So how long do you have to wait to drive after consuming cannabis? Is it like the 30-minute rule for swimming after you eat?

 

Experienced cannabis consumers generally need to wait at least six hours after smoking or vaping cannabis before they can get behind the wheel. Even if you are an experienced cannabis consumer, you should avoid driving on the same day you’ve consumed.

 

If you ingest cannabis orally, through oil or softgel, then don’t drive at all that day.

 

And if you’re new to cannabis, it’s best that you don’t drive at all, no matter how you’ve consumed it. Cannabis has a different effect on everyone, and it can often be unpredictable. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to this sort of thing.

 

Note: These recommendations are generalized information provided to educate consumers with respect to impaired driving. However, cannabis consumers metabolize cannabis at varying rates, and factors such as newness to cannabis or mixing with alcohol will impact effects. These recommendations are guidelines only, and there is no certainty that following these recommendations will ensure that you pass roadside tests or are not impaired. At all times, if you are in doubt as to your impairment level, you should not drive or operate machinery.

 

Space
Title

5) How much can I buy or possess at one time?

Great question. Now we have one for you: where do you live? Different provinces and territories have different age restrictions, but recreational possession limits are the same across the board. Check it out:

Space
Grid Row
Title

Alberta

  • Age to buy: 18+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Manitoba

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Nova Scotia

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Ontario

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Quebec

  • Age to buy: 18+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Yukon

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Title

British Columbia

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

New Brunswick

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Northwest Territories

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Nunavut

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Prince Edward Island

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

Saskatchewan

  • Age to buy: 19+
  • Max Possession: 30 g

Learn More

Space
Title

6) Don’t mix with alcohol

It’s not a good idea, no matter what you may think. Consuming cannabis after alcohol can lead to extreme discomfort. We’ll repeat that a little bit louder for those who may not have heard it.

 

CONSUMING CANNABIS AFTER ALCOHOL CAN LEAD TO EXTREME DISCOMFORT.

 

Mixing cannabis with alcohol or other substances can lead to some nasty side effects. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fainting are all possible results [2]. This is something new cannabis consumers should take into account and for someone who hasn’t used cannabis in a long time to consider.

 

Space
Title

7) Who shouldn’t use cannabis at all?

Glad you asked, because there are certain groups of people who should not use cannabis, or at least exercise extreme caution when doing so.

 

Youth

It’s not just because of the law that youth should not consume cannabis. In fact, research shows that regular cannabis use before the age of 16 can greatly increase the risk of negative health outcomes, and also impact brain development. Yikes.

 

Seniors

Seniors should be aware of the increased risk of falling due to the effects of cannabis. Impairment, drowsiness, and dizziness can lead to falling [3], and at an advanced age the consequences can be severe.

 

People living with mental health concerns

Those with a history of mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and mood disorders, should consult with their healthcare professional before consuming cannabis.

 

Other

Health Canada states that cannabis isn’t recommended for anyone with a serious liver, kidney, heart, or lung disease [4]. Additionally, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid cannabis consumption.

 

If any of this applies to you, speak with your healthcare professional before trying cannabis.

 

Space
Title

8) What if you think you’ve taken too much?

You know your body better than anyone else does. If your health or safety become a concern after consuming cannabis, or you start to experience chest pains, persistent vomiting, or dizziness [5] causing falls, then go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

 

If you don’t feel it necessary to head to the ER, then just drink some water, have a snack, watch some TV, and make sure the lights aren’t too bright. It will pass.

 

The best way to consume cannabis is the safe way, so make sure you’re informed before exploring this new world.

You might be interested in

Learn

History of Cannabis: Part Two

Learn more about the history of Cannabis, from its medicinal use in the 19th century to its eventual criminalization in the early 20th.

By Tweed

Behind the Scenes

Getting To Know Gabriela Ayee

Gabriela’s passion for educating others about cannabis is infectious...but like, the good kind of infectious. Plus, she’s a bad-ass woman we’re proud to have on the team.

By Tweed

Behind the Scenes

Getting To Know Hilary Black

With her experience, knowledge, and passion for cannabis, Hilary brings a strong voice to patients and cannabis consumers all over the world, fighting to make sure stigma is torn down around the globe.

By Tweed

Be the first to hear Tweed News and get access to exclusive offers and events.

This website uses cookies to recognize your computer or device to give you the best user experience and to improve its features. You can disable cookies through your browser but some features of the site will no longer be available. To read our Website Privacy Statement, click here.