Marijuana can be a powerful substance, especially if you don't use it appropriately. Here are some tips to help you use it safely.
Know how much is too much
Marijuana affects every person differently, and varying serving sizes, strains, and forms can lead to different levels of impairment. If you are unsure how marijuana will affect you, start with a small amount. The amount of THC in each product will be displayed on the label. Always know how much you're consuming.
Edibles: Low and slow
The effects of marijuana can take two hours to peak after eating or drinking it, and everyone reacts differently. For a safer experience, it's best to start with a small serving size -- no more than 5 milligrams of THC -- and wait at least two hours before consuming more.
Don't mix with other substances
Using alcohol and marijuana at the same time is likely to result in greater impairment than when using either one alone. Use both with caution, and remember that it's not a good idea to combine them. You should also be aware of the effect marijuana can have on prescription drugs. Ask your doctor if marijuana could interfere with your prescribed medication.
Used too much?
The symptoms of using too much marijuana are similar to the typical effects of using marijuana, but more pronounced. These systems may include:
- Extreme confusion, anxiety, panic, or paranoia
- Fast heart rate
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Increased blood pressure
- Severe nausea and vomiting
If you or someone else has the any of the symptoms above, call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for free, fast, expert help any time. If the symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to an emergency room.
Remember to store safely
Store all marijuana products in a locked area, out of sight and out of reach of children and pets. Keep marijuana in its child-resistant packaging. How you store marijuana should change as your children get older. What works to protect a toddler from accidental ingestion may not work to protect a curious teenager.
Learn more about what you can do to keep kids safe.
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for free, fast, expert help. If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 or go to an emergency room.