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While many Americans accept cannabis, much of the country still has the wrong impression of it. It's estimated that about 40% of the country views cannabis in a negative light.
It's not the sticky green bud itself, but rather, the perception of its avid fanbase. We all know the truth is that the vast majority of cannabis enthusiasts are respectful and responsible.
Stoner stereotypes are exactly that—stereotypes; and most of us benefit from the amazing properties cannabis holds without it negatively affecting our lives.
There are times, however, when we should think twice about lighting a joint or eating an edible, such as while driving a car or right before work.
Read along to discover how to get high… responsibly.
Don't Drive Under the Influence
This tip might be a no-brainer for some, but it still needs to be said. If you want to be responsible when getting high, then you should never drive while under the influence.
Follow the same rules as you would with alcohol. If you're high, you shouldn't get behind the wheel. Luckily a cannabis high usually doesn't last that long, so you can wait it out.
If you really need to get somewhere, then take a taxi or ride-sharing service, or make sure you sober up long before you need to start driving.
Have a Good Set and Setting
The next time you're about to light up, take a quick look around and try to think critically about your environment. It might seem ridiculous to say, but you also need to take the vibe of the situation into account.
By “vibe”, we mean the general mood of the situation. Maybe it just isn't the right time to get high, or you're only doing it because there's nothing better to do.
It's good to have self-awareness when you find yourself wondering if you should light up. Maybe you're not in the right place for it or in the right mindset.
That also includes being respectful to your host if you're at someone else's place or those around you. They might not have a problem with you smoking, but maybe it's just better if you ask first or refrain completely.
If you're alone, then before you pick up a joint or some THC gummies, you should consider the things you need to do first. Try to knock out all of the tasks of your day before you spend the next few hours swimming in the clouds.
It shouldn't need to be said, but you probably shouldn’t get high right before work, no matter how mundane or easy the work is. If it's your day off or you're out in nature for the weekend, then smoke up because you've earned it.
Don't Do Too Much
It's so easy to go overboard with cannabis. It starts with just a few puffs, and before you know it, it's two joints, three bowls, and a few dabs.
Smoking cannabis is mostly harmless, but there is a threshold when it turns into too much. By all means, smoke and have fun, but try to control your intake.
Treat it like alcohol when consuming recreationally, maybe you want to have a drink or two, but not get wasted. It's the same with cannabis, you can have a few puffs or one smoke session, and that's it for most people.
In fact, a lower dosage of THC is proven to relieve stress and anxiety, while more does the opposite (cannabis is biphasic). So if you're looking to get all the benefits from it, then less is more.
Know When You're Burned Out
Of course, there's nothing wrong with consuming cannabis regularly. Many people can manage their lives along with regular cannabis use.
A large portion of cannabis enthusiasts need it to fight pain or help with some other illness. However, there are times when we feel burned out.
If you feel like your smoke sessions aren't as enjoyable as they were, you might need to take a break. It happens to everyone, and a short pause of two weeks to one month without consuming cannabis can do wonders.
By giving your body and mind a break from THC, you're allowing yourself to come back higher. That's because your tolerance will be lower, and you'll reach incredible heights once again.
If stopping consumption isn't an option, you can always try and switch up your consumption method. Instead of reaching for flower, you can try a pack of gummies or a cartridge.
Know Your Limits With Edibles
You should be aware that edibles can be much more potent than flower and last much longer.
In the case of edibles, you should follow the previous advice of set and setting strictly. That means you should be in a comfortable place, with no responsibilities, and nowhere you need to drive to.
Edibles are an incredible experience, but you need to know your limit. The limit is called a tolerance, and it's how much of an edible you can have before being too high.
Every responsible stoner should set aside a day or two to figure out their edible tolerance. You'll need to start with a small dose of an edible, wait up to eight hours, and repeat until you feel the effects.
Once you know how much of an edible to take, you can be sure that you're not going to have a bad trip.
However, it is good to be prepared and know what to do when you're having a bad time. Luckily, we wrote up a handy guide on what to do and how to prevent bad trips.
Awareness Is Key
We need to keep in mind that awareness is the key to getting high responsibly. Remember to pay attention to those around you and your own body, and you'll always be smoking responsibly.
Luckily, the negative perception of stoners is dying out because more and more people are embracing the amazing plant. However, if everyone smoked responsibly, we could finally overcome the negative stereotypes and stigma that has plagued the cannabis community for decades.