How to head safely down marijuana lane
There are different ways one can go about smoking cannabis for the first time, or first time in a while
With the legalization of recreational use fast approaching, many middle-aged or older people are considering taking a trip down marijuana lane — perhaps trying the drug for the first time in decades.
As an addiction medicine physician and researcher, I don’t encourage anyone to try cannabis before understanding the risks. If you plan on doing it, there are ways to be safer, especially since today’s pot is a far cry from the relatively low-strength weed of the 1960s.
First, it’s worth asking yourself what you’re expecting to get out of the experience. If you’re hoping to improve insomnia, pain, anxiety or depression, that’s not recreational use. These are medical conditions, and all of them can be addressed with evidence-based medical/behavioural treatments.
If you haven’t taken cannabis in many years, you might not get high the first time back, or you might experience a delayed reaction especially if you take it orally such as in the form of a cookie.