Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were 37.6 million cannabis users in the United States alone in 2017.

And while the health benefits of this wonder plant are many, there are potential risks involved just like everything else. Keep reading to learn the potential health effects of cannabis!

Risk of Addiction

Although the risk of addiction to marijuana continues to be hotly debated, there is a body of research that indicates addiction to cannabis is possible.

As with other powerful substances, it’s important to manage your relationship with Cannabis to make sure it remains healthy and helpful. Though marijuana doesn’t have the same physically dependent properties of some other drugs it can be important to watch out for the following signs that something might be amiss:

  • Unsuccessful efforts to quit using marijuana.
  • Giving up important activities with friends and family in favor of using marijuana.
  • Using marijuana even when it is known that it causes problems fulfilling everyday jobs at home or work.

If you have any problems managing your relationship with cannabis Flora Farms’ Cannabis Consultants will be more than happy to chat about your particular issues and recommend some helpful options.

Adverse Reactions

Although unlikely, there is potential for cannabis users to experience a bad reaction to different strains, amounts, or consumption methods, commonly referred to as a “bad high”.

Signs of a bad experience can include confusion, anxiety, paranoia, panic, fast heart rate, increased blood pressure, and nausea or vomiting.

The best way to avoid a bad marijuana trip is to be sensible with the potency and dosage. If you’re just beginning, try a small amount to see how it affects you. If you are an experienced user, stay within your limits.

If you suddenly feel a bad high coming on, there are a few things you can try. For starters, try focusing on breathing slowly in and out. Putting on some calm music or your favorite movie might help you focus on something else other than being too high. A nap is always a great way to come down sensibly and has the added effect of helping you stay well rested! 

If that doesn’t seem to help much, try a change of scenery. Go for a walk or get some fresh air or try laying down in a cool, dimly-light room. 

Another thing to keep in mind is your hydration and food intake. Drinking plenty of water and eating some carbohydrates or sugary foods can help keep you happily centered. Who knew the munchies could be so helpful?

Edibles

According to the CDC, edibles, or food and drink products infused with marijuana, have some different risks than inhaling marijuana. Unlike inhaling marijuana, edibles can:

  • Take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect. Some people consume too much, which can lead to a bad high or serious illness.
  • Cause effects that last longer than expected depending on the amount, the last food eaten, and medications or alcohol used at the same time.
  • Be very difficult to measure. Many users can be caught off-guard by the strength and long-lasting effects of edibles.

Remember the adage “low and slow” when it comes to marijuana consumption. Just like good barbecue maintaining a happy, healthy high takes practice. Be aware of your limits and practice restraint.

If you have any questions about which product types or consumption methods could be right for you, come see us at one of our dispensaries and our Cannabis Consultants will be more than happy to help you find which options are right for you.