When consuming any cannabis product, it’s important to know that there may be risks. Keep these five tips in mind when choosing and consuming cannabis products:

Start Low and Go Slow

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cannabis consumer, always start with small doses – especially when you are trying a new product, brand, or method of consumption. The key is to find your minimum effective dose – this will keep your tolerance from going up while also ensuring minimal side effects if your body reacts badly to a certain product. Consume a very small amount to begin and wait at least 30 to 60 minutes to gauge the effects before consuming more.


Consider the THC and CBD content in your products. Inexperienced consumers should opt for products with lower THC levels and higher CBD levels. If you are seeking the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the associated intoxication, opt for pure CBD products.

Inhalation is Risky

The American Lung Association cautions marijuana users away from smoking cannabis due to the potential risks it may have on the lungs. Smoking is likely the most hazardous method of cannabis use. Instead, try lower-risk alternatives to inhalation (smoking and vaporizing) such as tinctures or edibles.

One Substance At a Time

Avoid combining cannabis with alcohol or other substances as this will increase your impairment.

Less Frequency, Less Intensity

Frequent cannabis use, defined as daily or near-daily consumption, is the strongest predictor of long-term cannabis-related health problems such as changes in brain development or functioning. To limit the risks associated with cannabis consumption, avoid frequent use of cannabis products that need to be smoked or vaped. While these may produce the quickest and most intense effects, they also produce the most hazardous health risks.

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