Happy New Year! Remember when cannabis was deemed an essential service in March of 2020? It showed us all the role cannabis plays in the daily lives of millions of Americans. Did you know 35 percent of those who report consuming weed in the last month are daily consumers? Yet those who take their plant meds in the morning remain subject to judgement, while those who down their prescribed pills with breakfast are simply following doctor’s orders.
Here’s the other side of this conversation – just like pharmaceuticals can be consumed beyond what’s necessary to heal so, too, can weed. One-third of today’s daily pot “smokers” meet the criteria for Marijuana Use Disorder, which is defined as the continued use of cannabis despite clinically significant impairment.
This High & Dry January, we’re exploring the very loaded topic of “too much” on The Pot Talk audio series on How to Do the Pot podcast. If you are concerned about someone you love, or your own behavior around weed, please listen to our episodes to guide your next move with informed compassion. ☮ April
What to consider if you, or someone you love, are heading toward “too much”
1. Cannabis is a medicine that can be consumed in a recreational way. The goal is to improve your quality of life. If it’s not doing that for you, or if it’s doing the opposite, that’s a good indicator that you might be overdoing it.
2. Are you consuming the right dose? Understand what dosage amounts work for you, and reach out to a medical professional if you have questions. We trust the doctors at The American Cannabinoid Clinic. If you start to have side effects or a return of the symptoms, be mindful of how much you need to feel better.
3. You may need less THC than you think to feel better, physically or mentally.
4. Know the warning signs: Is your use of cannabis changing your normal routine, causing you not to show up for work or other responsibilities? Are you withdrawing from your friends or family because you’re more interested in using your cannabis than connecting?
5. Marijuana Use Disorder affects about 9% of the population. Learn about the symptoms and please ask for help if you need it: SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)