What is Mindful Cannabis Consumption?
Dosage is one of the biggest factors when it comes to using cannabis products successfully. Too much can cause negative side effects, but too little can be ineffective. Unfortunately, there are currently no standard doses of cannabis, so most people will need to go through a trial and error process before learning what works best for their individual needs.
Since everyone will need to do at least a small amount of trial and error to find their preferred dose, we believe that mindful consumption is essential to a good experience. Mindful cannabis consumption consists of thoughtfully selecting your products, carefully choosing both your initial dose and any follow-up doses, and conscientiously monitoring your reactions.
The standard advice is “start low and go slow” but that’s too vague to offer much help to people who are new to cannabis. We want everyone who tries a Medicine Box product to have a good experience, so we created some step-by-step guides designed to help people learn how to use cannabis.
In the beginning, it may be helpful to jot down a couple of notes. Here are a few suggestions:
- What time you consumed the cannabis.
- What dosage you selected.
- Your reason for using this product.
- How do you feel after 30 minutes? An hour? Two hours? (Set a timer if it helps.)
- When do the effects wear off?
Read on for our product-specific guidelines and some advice on what to do if you accidentally take too much.
Tincture Dosage Guide
- Choose a Medicine Box tincture blend based on what your body needs. Read the dosage and suggested serving size on the box.
- Commit to a daily ritual of taking your medicine. Being consistent will help you reap the full benefits.
- Start with a low dose, such as 7-15 drops, to gauge your body’s reaction to the tincture.
- Use the dropper to measure the desired dose. Squeezing the bulb at the top will fill the dropper with 1 ml of tincture; 1 ml = 30 drops. Squeeze the tincture into your mouth, hold it under your tongue for 30 seconds, then swallow.
- Assess how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally after 30 minutes, and again an hour later.
- What is enhanced or balanced? Write down anything you notice so you can track how the tincture works for you over time.
- Develop an understanding of how this medicine makes you feel. Take another 1/4-1/2 dose if you do not feel the effects of the cannabis within the hour. Tinctures work gradually, so it can take up to a month to feel the full benefits.
- Take your desired dose daily, ideally at the same time of day, to develop a healing routine with the associated herbs.
- After 30 days, assess how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally and compare it to your notes. What have you experienced?
- Reassess your dose and repeat for another month.
Edibles Dosage Guide
- Read dosage and suggested serving size.
- Open package and remove your infused treat.
- Determine what level of user you are:
- Novice: Eat 1/4.
- Intermediate: Eat 1/2.
- Expert: Eat 3/4 – 1.
- Using the score marks on your edible, break off you desired dose.
- Place your designated dosage in your mouth and enjoy the delectable goodness.
- Ponder or do whatever you wish for 45-60 minutes…perhaps read a Medicine Box blog and educate yourself.
- Check in with yourself. How do you feel? More relaxed? At ease? Sleepy? Nothing at all?
- Based on your self-assessment, indulge in another 1/4 for amplified effects or simply relax and enjoy the benefits of cannabis.
- Share with like-minded humans while educating a novice — see Step 1.
Cannabis Overdose Symptoms and Treatment
While it’s possible to eat so much cannabis that you feel uncomfortable, no one has ever died from edibles. Even in a worst case scenario, too much cannabis isn’t terribly dangerous. While a cannabis overdose might not be dangerous, it is uncomfortable. Many people report anxiety, dry mouth, paranoia, increased heart rate, lack of coordination, and vomiting as symptoms of too much cannabis. While those side effects are unpleasant, the good news is that they go away by themselves, usually within 30 minutes to two hours.
Still, if you’re feeling miserable, you want to feel better immediately, not in two hours. Here are a few things you can do to improve the situation:
- Breathe. Take a few minutes to practice mindful breathing to calm your mind and body. This will help fight the anxiety and paranoia and may also lower your heart rate and quell the urge to vomit. (Not everyone will experience every possible side effect.)
- Drink some water. Dry mouth is a very common side-effect and water is the obvious — and effective — solution. Drinking water also promotes mindfulness and distracts you from any anxiety or paranoia you might be experiencing.
- Do not take any drugs or alcohol. While cannabis doesn’t cause dangerous drug interactions, alcohol and drugs will not make you feel better if you feel uncomfortably high. CBD is the exception to this; it’s been shown to counteract the effects of THC.
- Avoid eating foods high in myrcene or fat, as they can intensify the experience.
- Find a way to distract yourself. If you’re not suffering from a lack of coordination, taking a shower or going for a walk in a familiar place can help center you. You can also try listening to music, watching a movie or television show, coloring, cleaning, video games, or knitting.
- Talk to a friend and let them know what’s going on. Just knowing that there’s someone out there who cares about your well-being can make you feel better. If you don’t have any friends available, try something like the TripSit chatroom or subreddit where you can talk to a friendly stranger.
- Remind yourself that the discomfort you are feeling is temporary. You will feel better soon.