Be Aware, Take Care: How To Avoid Bad Trips and Have a Fun Time at 4/20

CANNABIS CULTURE – Almost all 4/20-related medical problems are either somebody taking too strong a dose, or heat stroke, or some combination of over-heating and overdosing.

So please stay cool, stay hydrated and only use in moderation. Spread your toking out – take a hit, let it sit – and only do a half a cookie unless you spent time with that particular batch of cookies before.

Cannabis harm reduction is primarily about moderation and self-titration.

4/20 isn’t a consumption contest – nobody here cares if you can survive a dab the size of a dime – and just because pot doesn’t kill by overdose it does not follow that it can’t kick your ass so hard you feel like you’re dying – that happens at least a few times at every large 420 rally.

Here’s a list of all the factors involved with cannabis harm reduction and what those terms mean:

Dose: amount you take at one time.

Titration: how you controlled your dose.

Familiarity: how often you have used that particular stuff.

Quality: how perfect the stuff is.

Purity: how clean the stuff is.

Potency: how strong the stuff is.

Freshness: how recently it was harvested or produced.

Strain: what kind of cannabis it is, and what cannabinoids it contains.

Setting: your surroundings.

Mindset: your temperament, attitude, intelligence and experiences.

Individual Physiology: how healthy you are, diet, sleep and other drug habits

Mode Of Administration: method you use to get it inside your body.

Concurrent Drug Use: what other stuff you’re on at the moment.

Substitution: what you’re using cannabis instead of, or what you’re using instead of cannabis.

Basically, if you keep your cannabis use to smoking or eating small amounts of high-quality organic stuff – cooling the smoke to avoid heat damage to the lungs and keeping it organic to avoid radioactive chemical fertilizers.

If you do that, and keep your cannabis use to high-pleasure, low pressure activities, then you are practicing cannabis harm-reduction.

If your use does not interfere with your life goals, then you’re not overdoing it.

Listen to the messages your body tells you – it will let you know what dose and strain work best for you, or when you have taken too much, or too little, or when it’s time to take a break, or reduce your dose, or switch to some other herbal medicine for your stress or depression.

Those body signals are important – never ignore them.

David Malmo-Levine