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If You're Going To Use Cannabis, Use It Responsibly

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After years or prohibition, cannabis is finally becoming legal in some states. If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, by all means, indulge. But do remember to use the substance responsibly. Doing so will keep you safe, and it will also demonstrate to lawmakers and the general public that they made the right choice. People are mature enough to handle cannabis without putting themselves and others at risk! To that end, here are some guidelines for using cannabis responsibly.

1. Don't share with anyone under age 21. 

You have to be 21 to legally use cannabis. To ensure you're within the guidelines of the law, do not share any weed that you buy with friends or family members who are younger than this. And encourage them to wait to use the substance, too. Explain that it's a rite of passage they can engage in later, when they are of age.

2. Have the product delivered.

If you have been drinking at all, or if you have already used some cannabis and want to use more, have the product delivered rather than driving to pick it up. It's not worth risking a DUI, and driving under the influence of marijuana is also illegal. Cannabis delivery services are becoming more and more popular because they are a safe and effective alternative that keeps people off the road when high. Many even allow you to order from an app on your phone!

3. Know your dose.

This applies especially when you are eating edibles. Don't take a big dose in an effort to show someone you're cool or in an attempt to get a better high. Taking too large a dose is not enjoyable, and it can lead to some paranoia, too. A good dose for someone who does not use often is between 5 and 10 mg of THC. If you're a regular user, you may be able to handle 15 mg.

4. Keep it away from pets.

If you have edibles, store them in a drawer or on a tall shelf where pets (and children) cannot get them. If you have plain flower, be especially careful to keep it away from pets. They can absorb the THC directly from the plant, unlike humans that need it to be heated first.

By all means, enjoy cannabis now that it is legal. Just make sure you do so with the responsibility this substance demands of users.