Responsible Cannabis Use

Like any medicine, cannabis can be misused. Excessive or inappropriate use can contribute to problems including sleeplessness, overeating, and time management issues. Due to the political climate surrounding cannabis use research, clinical studies have produced widely conflicting conclusions about the true benefits and potential side effects of cannabis use. Always listen to the advice of your doctor and use good judgment when using medical cannabis. These guidelines help identify ways of using medical cannabis in a positive way.

  • Adults should only use cannabis as part of a healthy, balanced, and responsible lifestyle.

  • Develop sensible cannabis use limits for yourself based on personal, health, situational, and cultural factors. It is important to be objective about your personal cannabis use and listen to the constructive advice of others.

  • The decision to use cannabis should be made freely, and not as a result of social pressure.

  • Cannabis users should be well informed about its effects on themselves and others. These effects include legal risks, health risks, and personal consequences.

  • Avoid cannabis use that puts you or others at risk, such as when driving, at work, or in public places. Remember, personal use of cannabis is still illegal under federal law, and penalties are stiff.

  • Never use cannabis as an excuse for antisocial or irresponsible behavior.

  • Use of cannabis by children is inappropriate.

  • Cannabis users should model and reward responsible use, particularly with new users.

  • Cannabis use should contribute to, rather than detract from, a patient’s health, well-being, creativity, work relationships, and social obligations.

 

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