Yes! Be Careful and Follow These Tips
by Nhi Kha
Legalization, and the anticipated wider use of cannabis, will offer opportunities for health and healing. However, it will also present unique challenges in ensuring that people are being guided properly in its use.
Cannabis contains two major chemical compounds — CBD and THC. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory and non-intoxicating properties. However, THC is known for its psychoactive and intoxicating properties due to its ability to bind to brain and body receptors. Since each person’s body and endocannabinoid system respond differently to cannabis, its effects vary from person to person.
Factors that determine an individual’s response to THC include the method of use, such as smoking, vaping, ingesting, or sublingual oil. It also important to be aware of personal tolerance; degree of potency; body metabolism; medications; and environment. As with any new medication it is best to be educated, and start slowly at a very low dose. It is also important to try it for the first time when you are safe at home.
So what happens if you do have a reaction, such that you feel too high? Here are some important tips.
- Do not operate any heavy machinery or drive, and stay calm.
- Keep CBD on hand. CBD is the non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis, and can help ease and mitigate discomforts associated with these feelings. CBD products are available as oils, edibles, or sublingual tinctures. A sublingual tincture provides the fastest relief (15 to 30 minutes).
- Stay hydrated. THC can cause dry mouth and dehydration, so it is vital to keep drinking water. Drinking cold water can help keep you feeling refreshed and alert.
- Drink lemon water or smell crushed black peppers. Calming compounds known as terpenes contained in lemons and peppers help regulate THC in the body.
- Get some fresh air or listen to your favorite music. Taking a soothing hot shower can help.
- Rest and relax! Having too much THC and being too high can feel like many different things all at once. It’s important to not panic, and to try your best to breathe deeply and stay calm. THC can affect your blood pressure, resulting in feeling lightheaded or dizzy, so stay close to your couch or bed. When all else fails, sleep it off.
Nhi Kha is co-owner and co-founder of Sativa Remedy. Knowing that THC has been a substance that has long been prohibited, Nhi makes every effort to educate everyone who comes to her store and answer all of their questions. Sativa Remedy is located at 19 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Call Nhi at 716-260-1324 for guidance, and visit https://sativaremedy.com where you can shop online.