How to safely enjoy cannabis drinks this Victoria Day long weekend

Published May 23, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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If you’re hoping to cool down by the pool with a tall, cold glass of cannabis tonic or looking to get the party started with some other infused drink, the possibilities are pretty much endless. It’s a great time to be a green enthusiast, but this territory is still relatively new to most. It can be oh so much fun or an overwhelming situation, and if you want to get the most out of this year’s festivities, then you’ll want to check out this simple list of rules that can help to keep everyone safely medicated.

1. Consent

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding consent when it comes to sex, while other areas like cannabis seem to avoid the topic entirely, which is why it’s so essential to keep this as your number one rule this holiday season. It might seem harmless and funny to give a friend or family member cannabis drinks in place of their usual beverage of choice; it’s truly cruel, toxic, and can permanently alter a person's perception of pot products for the worst, especially if they end up having a terrible experience.

2. THC drinks to suit every tolerance level

It’s not uncommon to want to play hard, especially at Christmas when spirits are high, and stress looms, but it’s important to take into account the needs of everyone. If you’re serving cannabis drinks, then it’s a good idea to provide various strengths, and if you’re packing them back, then you should stick to dosing that you know will give the results you crave.

3. Purchase cannabis drinks from reputable vendors

Though it may be tempting to save some money by whipping up a batch of your very own cannabis tonic, it might not be the best idea because dosing is incredibly hard to calculate for the average joe without testing tools and labs at their fingertips. Reputable vendors will sell low dosed cannabis drinks that are precisely measured so that you and your guests can keep track of how much they’ve had, and that’s a great thing!

4. Let everyone know what a weed drink can do

You might know a lot about cannabis drinks, but most are not so knowledgeable in this department. If you yourself aren’t well versed in their potential, that makes the matter worse, because not only can you not share knowledge, but you also won’t be able to safely enjoy these amazing products. Knowledge is key, which is why weed beverage 101 facts should be the first thing rolled out before the festivities begin.

5. Preach safety

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement that surrounds the holidays, still, you should not ever forget that safety must always remain a top priority. Coming up with guidelines like the ones this list provides could make the difference between a great night out or a terrible evening. Set a good example by consuming responsibly and doing what you can to ensure everyone else follows suit.

6. Limit when necessary

Limits aren’t the most fun thing, after all the word literally means to restrict, and you’re probably out to have the grandest of times, but they do play an important role in safe consumption practices. What the maximum should be will be dependent on the individual, so it’s time to do your best by knowing your limits and staying within them.

7. Serve/enjoy plenty of food and water

Limits, dosing, safety precautions, and other considerations are absolutely a requirement of consuming cannabis drinks safely and effectively, but it’s also good to keep other things in mind, like hunger and thirst, which should both be quelled with a hearty selection of weed-free options. Staying hydrated and full will help to reduce the likelihood of experiencing less than enjoyable side effects, so don’t forget to take care of yourself before, during, and after catching a buzz.

8. A safe environment is essential

Cannabis drinks offer a unique and, in some cases, intense sort of experience that’s best suited to certain places, like at home or in a venue surrounded by friends who can watch out for you. The risks are low, but if something were to happen, you’d be glad to be in a comfortable and safe environment plus it’s just a terrible idea to put yourself in harm's way. Don’t operate heavy machinery or go wandering around in an unpopulated area alone, or you’re just asking for trouble. Instead, stay at home, a friend's house, or elsewhere with people you trust.

9. Avoid mixing cannabis drinks with alcohol

Some enthusiasts are perfectly capable of combining these two powerful substances, but those that are, tend to be few and far between because the effects are wildly unpredictable. For that reason alone, if you’re hoping to play it safe, it’s best to avoid mixing cannabis drinks with alcohol or any other mind-altering drug, as it could alter the way your body absorbs and then utilizes the contained elements.

10. Make sure no one drives home

Smoking cannabis products offers a huge benefit that no one really talks enough about, which is that the effects are really short-lived. Often it takes 30 minutes or less for tokers to sober up enough that their driving skills are no longer affected. Unfortunately, that is not the case with THC drinks, as they may continue to impair for up to 12 whole hours, which is why they should be treated just like alcohol. No one should dabble in THC drinks and then drive home. Ever! Because the risk just isn’t worth the pain.

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