The United States is seeing an increase in marijuana legalization, making it easier than ever to obtain. While marijuana is generally considered safe when used recreationally, there are still some things to keep in mind when indulging.
In this article, we’ll discuss marijuana, cannabis, and other terms related to its use. We’ll also provide some tips on how to stay safe when getting high, so you can have an enjoyable experience without any unwanted side effects.
So, what is marijuana?
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a naturally occurring substance derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. It contains the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which produces the desired effects of relaxation and euphoria.
When using marijuana for recreational purposes, it’s important to understand your limits and set a dose that’s comfortable for you. Starting low and going slow is the best advice — taking too much can lead to unpleasant side effects, such as anxiety and paranoia.
When it comes to consuming cannabis, there are multiple ways to do so. The most common way is smoking dried flower buds in a joint or pipe. Alternatively, you can vaporize concentrate oils, or ingest edible products such as brownies and gummies. The effects of ingestion will take longer to kick in, but tend to last longer than smoking does.
And what about hemp? Does hemp get you high?
No, hemp does not produce the same psychoactive effects as marijuana does. Hemp does contain CBD (cannabidiol) but does not contain THC. Therefore, hemp does not get you high.
Other recent breakthroughs in cannabis like the hexahydrocannabinol (HHC) does not get you high either. It does, however, provide many of the same benefits as CBD, such as pain relief and relaxation.
What are some safety tips to keep in mind when getting high?
Now that you know what marijuana is, let’s discuss some safety tips to keep in mind when indulging.
Make sure you’re in a comfortable and safe setting with people you trust.
You want to make sure you’re somewhere that won’t cause stress or anxiety. This could be your own home, a friend’s house, or even an outdoor setting like a park. No matter where you choose to get high, make sure it’s a secure space where you won’t be disturbed.
Know your limits and start with low doses.
It can be tempting to go all out when first trying marijuana, but that could lead to an uncomfortable experience. Start slow and increase the dose in increments if needed.
Don’t mix marijuana with other drugs or alcohol.
Alcohol and other drugs can amplify the effects of marijuana, leading to unpleasant side effects. It’s best to avoid mixing substances when getting high.
Have some snacks and water on hand.
Cannabis consumption can cause dry mouth, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Having some snacks on hand can also help stave off hunger, as marijuana tends to increase appetite.
Avoid driving when using marijuana.
Driving while high is dangerous, and can lead to serious consequences if caught. If you plan on using marijuana, make sure to designate a sober driver or use transportation services like Uber.
Have a plan for when things go wrong.
No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance of adverse reactions. Having a plan in place for what to do if you or someone else experiences anxiety or paranoia can help to minimize the negative effects.
Take time after your high wears off to assess how it felt and decide what to do next.
Take some time after your high wears off to reflect on how it felt and make an informed decision about whether or not you want to use marijuana again. This will help you to figure out if the experience was enjoyable enough that you’d like to repeat it, or if it wasn’t quite what you were expecting.
By following these tips, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience when getting high. So don’t forget to keep your limits in mind and enjoy responsibly!