Safe Use

Marijuana can be a powerful substance, especially if you do not use it as directed.  Here are some guidelines for responsible use and storage. 

Safe Storage

Store all cannabis and cannabis infused products in  away from children and pets. Keep cannabis in its original packaging so that it is not accessible to children and teens.  Remember that what acts as a deterrent for a small child may not work for a teenager.

If a child consumes cannabis by accident, they may need immediate medical help. Some of the signs of child ingestion include: problems walking or sitting up, difficulty breathing, and becoming sleepy. If you are concerned a child may have ingested cannabis accidentally, call the poison control hotline (1-800-222-1222).

If the reaction seems bad, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.

If you suspect your pet has ingested cannabis, contact a veterinarian.  Some symptoms of cannabis ingestion include: depression and listlessness, loss of motor coordination, loss of balance, vomiting or low body temperature.

Where NOT To Consume

The use of cannabis is prohibited in any public space, federal land, or in any type of motor vehicle.  Your home is the safest place to use medical cannabis.

Start Low Go Slow

Cannabis affects each individual differently. Many different factors determine how your body will react to cannabis.  Dosing, strains, and method of consumption lead affect the lengths and intensity of impairment.  If you are not sure how cannabis will affect you, start with a low dose and wait the appropriate amount of time to see how your body will react.  This is also true if you are a regular consumer and are trying out a new strain or method of consumption.

Combining alcohol, drugs or prescription medications   with cannabis is likely to result in increased impairment than when using anyone on its own.  It’s not a good idea to combine them and it is recommended that patients consult with their physicians about drug interactions with cannabis.

Mixing Cannabis with Drugs & Alcohol

Oh No, You Over Consumed

If you consume too much cannabis, try to remain calm and remind yourself that the feeling is temporary.  Do whatever you need to do to relax.  Watch a funny movie, call a friend, lay down, etc. The symptoms of over consumption can include: confusion, fatigue, anxiety, paranoia, panic, an accelerated heart rate, increased blood pressure and nausea/vomiting. If someone is having trouble breathing, is unresponsive, or their discomfort is too intense, call 911.  An impaired person should not drive. 

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