Getting too stoned can be the best, right up until it’s the worst. While you can’t overdose on marijuana, you can find yourself overly high, with all the resulting anxiety, confusion, and other unpleasant symptoms. It’s not surprising that many of the legal cannabis options for sale these days are all about potency, packing far more psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) into each product than you’d ever get from a joint 20 or 30 years ago. Luckily, there are also many products and services available for people who want more control over their high.
#1 – Read Cannabis Labels
If you want to smoke old-school marijuana buds, learn to read cannabis labels, which break down the potencies of various strains. Look for options with lower levels of THC, such as 15 percent or less. Also, keep an eye out for strains with high amounts of cannabidiol or CBD, the part of the plant that’s believed to have many medicinal qualities and might help counteract the anxiety and other negative effects sometimes associated with THC.
#2 – Pick up a Vape
Those who want to avoid smoking marijuana altogether should consider portable vaporizers. Not only is marijuana vapour believed to be less harmful on the lungs, but many modern-day vape pens offer dosing controls so you don’t take too big of a drag.
#3 – Limit your Edible Consumption
Marijuana edibles might seem like a good option for beginners, but the reality is often the opposite. Since it’s impossible to taste the potency and it can take two hours or more for effects to kick in, it’s very easy to consume way too much before you realize it. Take one, then don’t have another until you start feeling the effects—even if it takes a while.
#4 – Start Small
It’s easy to want to take the biggest puff that you can, or eat a full cookie, but to be safe, start with a smaller amount, usually about one quarter the size of the edible or puff. Wait some time and see how that feels, and then proceed from there.
Of course, no matter how careful you are with marijuana, there’s still a chance you’ll go overboard and find yourself way too high. If you do, don’t feel bad—it happens to the best of us. Just remember, while the experience might feel unpleasant, it’s not an emergency. You’ll be fine, just breathe, and try to enjoy the ride.