What You Need to Know if you Choose to Consume Cannabis
The response to cannabis differs based on various factors such as age, gender, body mass index, pre-existing medical conditions, THC and CBD content, and whether you have consumed food, drugs, or alcohol. The response to cannabis not only differs by individual, but it also differs by frequency of use.
Users may experience adverse side effects such as nausea, rapid heart rate, vomiting, memory loss, or varying levels of anxiety. Users are also at risk of experiencing severe adverse side effects such as hallucinations, seizures, delusions, and psychotic episodes.
There are different ways in which cannabis may be consumed, such as inhalation or ingestion. Each method of administration exhibits its health and safety risks. If you inhale cannabis through vaping or smoking, you will start to feel the effects almost immediately, and they will last for approximately 2-3 hours, though they can linger for up to 8 hours. After inhalation into the lungs, cannabis is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
On the other hand, the ingestion of cannabis takes longer to absorb into the bloodstream, and for the effects to arise. If you swallow cannabis through tinctures, you will feel effects after 15-30 minutes, and they will last for 4-6 hours. Consuming cannabis through gummies or soft gels will allow you to feel the effects after approximately two hours, and the effects will last for 6-8 hours, though residual effects can linger up to 24 hours after use. If you are consuming edibles, do not consume more if you have not experienced effects immediately, as it may take approximately two hours to kick in. Regardless of the method of administration, it is essential to avoid consuming cannabis with other drugs, alcohol, and health products.
It is important not to drive after you have consumed cannabis. Driving while under the influence of marijuana will put you at a higher risk of being involved in an automobile accident. It is illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis. You are just as liable as a drunk driver if you choose to drive while under the influence of cannabis. In addition to driving, it is essential to avoid operating machinery, such as household items with moving mechanical parts, because marijuana limits memory encoding and decreases short-term recall abilities.
If you choose to consume cannabis, ensure that you purchase from a legal and reliable producer. Cannabis is only considered safe if it has undergone safety testing. Regulatory agencies establish maximum quantity limits for residual solvents, microbes, pesticides, mycotoxins, and heavy metals. Such contaminants are especially dangerous if you are immune-system compromised or prone to asthma or allergies.
Lastly, it is crucial to consult a healthcare practitioner if you are seeking cannabis for a medical condition, have a severe pre-existing medical condition, or if you are on prescription medications. Professionals will provide you with advice on which strain is most suitable for your needs and how much to consume to achieve your desired effects. This will decrease your likelihood of experiencing adverse side effects.
Schedule an appointment today and we will connect you with the right qualified physicians covered by Alberta Health, and Health Canada Approved Licensed Producers. They will provide you with personalized advice on the CBD treatment suitable for you.