Driving under the influence of drugs like cannabis is illegal, just like driving drunk. Even if you think you know your limits, research shows cannabis negatively affects reaction times, judgment and concentration. Young people in particular are more likely to drive after using cannabis than drinking, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. Bottom line: don’t drive high.
Pay attention to how you feel after using cannabis. If you start to feel paranoid, panicky or nauseous, or notice your heart rate increasing, you may have used too much. Until you have a better understanding of how different types, strains and quantities of cannabis affect you, start low and go slow. It’s also a good idea to limit yourself to occasional use and choose products with lower amounts of THC. People who consume daily, or consistently choose high potency strains put themselves at risk of developing dependencies.
Finally, be aware of how cannabis can aggravate health conditions. If you’re pregnant (or think there may be a possibility you are), don’t use cannabis – the chemicals found in cannabis can be harmful to your unborn baby, plus THC is carried in breastmilk. Additionally, if you or someone in your family has a history of mental health problems including schizophrenia, psychosis or substance abuse disorders, play it safe and avoid cannabis altogether.