With the advent of cannabis being legalized, there are bound to be new users. Unlike alcohol, there are no widely circulated guidelines for students to follow. For most users, safe usage is defined by those who introduce them to the substance. Unfortunately, those passing on their knowledge may also pass on their misconceptions. If you find yourself curious about this soon-to-be legal recreational activity and want to learn about safe usage practices and common misconceptions, read on!
To avoid health complications such as impairment of memory and attention, avoid overly frequent usage (daily or near daily). Additionally, smoking cannabis, while not carcinogenic, is still
detrimental to respiratory health. Alternatives include edibles, as well as vaping, which reduces the amount of smoke inhaled. For any kind of cannabis use, take your consumption slow and keep
it occasional, ensure you know your product, and refrain from mixing cannabis with tobacco or other drugs.
While it is possible to develop cannabis use disorder (affecting about 9% of people who use cannabis, 16% for those who start as teenagers), it is much less likely than nicotine or alcohol whose estimated risks are 68% and 23% respectively. Nevertheless, those afflicted find themselves unable to control their usage and should not be looked down upon. Calling someone an addict and being unsupportive can only discourage them from reaching out for help. By destigmatizing cannabis use, healthy dialogue can develop.