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

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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.

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