When used responsibly cannabis can often be the ultimate medicine.

When used responsibly cannabis can often be the ultimate medicine.

Here at Green Flower Media, we talk a LOT about the importance of cannabis education and learning how to use the stuff responsibly, but what does that look like exactly? How can we truly get the most out of this herb without abusing it?

This plant does have potential for harm when used obsessively, but so do most other things in life.

As Joe Rogan once said: “You can abuse cheeseburgers, too.”

So, in celebration of the new #OnCannabis campaign, we present 10 Ways to Be a Responsible Cannabis User.

Use Cannabis with the Intention to
Enhance Your Life

With cannabis we need to be mindful of when and why we use it.

With cannabis we need to be mindful of when and why we use it.

It’s important to really ask yourself: “Why even use pot in the first place?” What is your intent behind ingesting this medicinal herb? The word “intent” is key because marijuana is very much a substance of intent.

In other words, if you use pot with a specific desire in mind, chances are it will do exactly what you need it to do.

A lot of people use it to live a life free of pain and suffering. Other people find creative value from its psychotropic properties, which can allow for new perspectives on relationships and work.

Whatever your reason, it’s important to get crystal clear about your intent. The more you focus on the reason WHY you’re using this plant, the more likely it is to enhance your life.

Use Cannabis to Make You
More Active

It’s not commonly discussed but you should know that people have built empires thanks to the creative inspiration of cannabis. And a lot of professional athletes use it to help their bodies heal and stay in shape.

Athletic cannabis users vary in their intake. Some prefer before a workout, others after.

Athletic cannabis users vary in their intake. Some prefer before a workout, others after.

Yes, we all know the typical image of a lazy stoner taking a huge “bong rip” and then sitting on the couch all day (and yes, that still happens).

But on the flip side, a responsible pot enthusiast enjoys marijuana and then goes OUT to do all the things you enjoy.

So next time, have a few puffs and then go get your blood pumping, or brainstorm a new idea, or paint a picture. You’ll find that introducing a more active lifestyle into your cannabis use will enhance all areas of your life.

Experiment to Find Your Ideal Regimen

Using pot to improve your life doesn’t mean you have to ingest it all the time. For some people this is sustainable; for others it can cause problems.

Every person reacts differently to the herb so figuring out your ideal intake is critical for wellness.

Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo is a perfect example of cannabis meets success. He is Executive Director and Co-founder of Harborside Health Center, the largest dispensary in the world. He’s also a top promoter of responsible use.

We know successful entrepreneurs who find it beneficial to ingest a little bit of THC in the morning as opposed to a cup of coffee.

We also know other productive cannabis patients who would be ready for a nap by lunch time if they used it too early in the day. And others find it best to ingest it only a few times per week at most.

You’ve got to experiment and be very conscious of the results. The key is to be honest with yourself about whether your marijuana regimen is truly adding value to your life.

Don’t Let the Herb Put You in a Financial Struggle

Thanks to high government taxes and poor regulation, top-quality, legal herb is not cheap unless you can grow it yourself.

Quality cannabis can be pricey, so don’t hesitate to work it into your budget as you would any other expense

Quality cannabis can be pricey, so don’t hesitate to work it into your budget as you would any other expense.

However, making sure that your love for the plant doesn’t put you in a financial bind is important.

So set a monthly budget that you feel comfortable with, and allow yourself to spend within your means.

Don’t Allow Cannabis to Cause You to Stop Doing Important Things

If we use cannabis too much or at the wrong time of day, it can result in serious fatigue and foggy thinking.

This can have a negative impact on not only your work, but also your relationships and certain obligations that we all have to manage.

Using cannabis at the right time and place can result in bolstered ideation and perspective

Using cannabis at the right time and place can result in bolstered ideation and perspective.

Look, nobody is perfect and sometimes we make mistakes. But if you’re missing appointments or deadlines, or shying away from your responsibilities, then it’s time to take a hard look in the mirror and determine whether it’s time to cut back.

Marijuana Should Bring You Closer to the People in Your Life, Not
Further Away

Cannabis has the potential to open us up socially, facilitating deeper bonds and meaningful conversations – even when you’re connecting with somebody who doesn’t smoke pot.

Bringing cannabis into the open means you can share an important part of yourself with loved ones

Bringing cannabis into the open means you can share an important part of yourself with loved ones.

#ComingOutGreen to certain people in our lives can go a long way. When we reveal our cannabis use to somebody we care about, we are sharing a part of ourselves with that person.

That said, we can’t always come out green to everybody. And even worse, keeping it a secret from people we care about can be harmful – just as when we have to hide other parts of ourselves.

So if you feel like you’re hiding, and that’s hurting your relationship, take a look at whether your cannabis use needs to shift or your relationship with another does. Either way, don’t let cannabis become an obstacle to something as precious as the people you care about.

Be Mindful of Set and Setting

This is a vital aspect of responsible use. Anytime you are planning to ingest marijuana, be aware of your set and setting (i.e. your mindset and environment).

A Saturday afternoon among close friends can provide for fantastic set and setting

A Saturday afternoon among close friends can provide for fantastic set and setting.

Ask yourself:

  • Why am I taking cannabis at this time?
  • What am I hoping to get from cannabis today?
  • Would it be better to wait until later when I’m in a different location or environment?

Awareness of set and setting can keep you from ingesting cannabis at the wrong times and in the wrong places. This is a key ingredient to responsible use.

Keeping It Away from Children

This one is especially important. Responsible cannabis users with children in the home need to take extra precaution to keep it OUT of the hands of their kids.

That could look like waiting to consume until after their children are asleep for the night, doing it in a different part of the house, or outside completely.

Although vapor is much more discreet than smoke, you still want to keep it away from children

Although vapor is much more discreet than smoke, you still want to keep it away from children.

You don’t want your child walking into a room full of marijuana smoke, and you don’t want them getting into your medicinal supply.

There are some amazing companies like Stash Logix that help you keep your cannabis safe and locked up.

That’s not to say you should hide cannabis from your children. No. In fact, we think you should be open and honest with them as much as possible as we discuss in our report: “How to Talk to Your Kids About Cannabis.”

The main thing is to keep it out of their reach so as to prevent accidental ingestion.

Don’t Force Other People to
Try It

Now that cannabis is less of a taboo and easier to discuss, we naturally want others to enjoy it with us for different reasons. Maybe we think they can benefit medicinally or maybe we want to form a deeper connection.

Sharing the cannabis experience with a loved one can be exhilarating, but only if both parties are willing participants

Sharing the cannabis experience with a loved one can be exhilarating, but only if both parties are willing participants.

Whatever the motivation, don’t ever pressure somebody to try cannabis if they don’t feel comfortable.

Instead, be a great example for responsible use and wellness and set the stage for an ongoing dialogue about the plant, its benefits, and all of the latest findings.

Stay Educated on all the Latest Cannabis Updates

Cannabis isn’t always as benign as we think it is. This herb can certainly add a lot of therapeutic value to a person’s life, more so if they cultivate a working knowledge of the plant. That’s what cannabis education is all about.

This medicinal herb never ceases to amaze

This medicinal herb never ceases to amaze.

This knowledge leads to a healthy and necessary respect for cannabis and its effects. We are learning more about this medicinal substance almost every day, and we have an unprecedented amount of fact-based information at our disposal.

It’s an exciting time for us as a society to embrace cannabis as a wellness product. But wellness only exists with moderation and sensibility in all things. The same goes for our favorite plant.

Now Is the Time to Shape Responsible Cannabis Use

We have a great responsibility to pave a new way for cannabis right now. It’s becoming legal in more and more states around the country, and that means it’s also becoming more and more accessible.

The time is now for us to show the world how we can benefit from responsible cannabis use.

The time is now for us to show the world how we can benefit from responsible cannabis use.

Here at Green Flower, we love this plant and believe it can do tremendous things for this world. But that doesn’t mean it gives anyone the go-ahead to abuse or misuse it.

We firmly believe that we have to be the change we wish to see in the world. Hopefully this article helps you take another step in the right direction.

If you think we need more responsible cannabis users in the world, please share this article with at least 3 people in your life.