Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have legalized marijuana in some way or another. While we have always been told to “Say no to drugs”, we have been pushing hard to say “yes” to pot. While there are many benefits to legalizing marijuana, you should still use caution when using it.
Instead of using scare tactics, people have been paying more attention to facts when it comes to using marijuana. A group of Canadian researchers recently released some guidelines on how the lower the health risks when using cannabis. I guess they know that people are going to use the drug, so they may as well tell us how to use it more safely.
Like the United States, Canada is working towards legalizing marijuana. It is believed that 10 percent of Canadian Adults and 25 percent of Canadian adolescents have used the drug in the past year. When making these guidelines, the researchers are aware that people are going to smoke, so they want to educate them on how to do it responsibly.
"Factual, science-based information can provide guidance to cannabis users to make choices that reduce both immediate and long-term risks to their health," Dr Benedikt Fischer, senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said in a statement.
Ian Culbert, the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association explained: "People who use cannabis and cannabis-derived products, front-line practitioners, and public health professionals can all benefit from having access to evidence-informed guidelines that can help reduce the potential negative health effects associated with cannabis use. Through their widespread adoption, the guidelines will provide people who use cannabis with the information they need to manage their use and protect their health and well-being."
It is no surprise that the guidelines first push abstinence as the best way to avoid health risks from marijuana. If you don’t use it, you don’t have to worry about any risk right? Well, if you are going to do it (yea I am talking to you) then here are some ways you can do it safely.
They also recommend that you choose low-potency tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or balanced THC-to-cannabidiol (CBD)-ratio cannabis products. They also stress to stay away from using synthetic cannabinoids, such as “Spice”. Synthetic cannabinoids can be extremely harmful to your health.
They advise marijuana users to try to avoid smoking pot and try edibles instead. If I told them about my first pot brownie experience, they may change their mind on this one. Come on, we all have an edibles story.
They advise users that if you are going to smoke, avoid any deep or risky inhalation practices. So basically you should keep it light and don’t overdo it. I wonder what their thoughts are on shotgunning.
You should never drive under the influence of cannabis. You won’t want drive high anyway. You’ll wind up having a paranoid nervous breakdown and you won’t be able to drive over 20 miles an hour. Just me or everybody?
You should not use cannabis is any way at all if you are at risk for mental health problems. You should also even avoid it if your family has a history of mental health problems. While this is good advice, some people depend on marijuana for helping them with anxiety. And dealing with their inlaws.
And the last tip from the researchers is that you should avoid marijuana if you have a combination of any of these risk behaviors. If you have any of these or all of these risk factors, try to find another habit. Although one hit before watching a movie isn’t going to kill.