How to Safely Add Marijuana to Your Regular Lifestyle

Posted October 27, 2022 by in Health + Fitness
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Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and there is a growing body of evidence that suggests it can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, and seizures. Marijuana is also non-toxic and non-addictive, which means that it is relatively safe to use compared to other medications.

However, marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so there are some risks associated with using it, therefore it is important to understand the laws in your state before deciding whether or not to add marijuana to your regular lifestyle.

In California, adults over 21 years old can legally purchase and consume marijuana for recreational purposes, so let’s look at seven ways to safely add marijuana to your regular lifestyle.

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Get a medical marijuana card

If you are a California resident and have a qualifying condition, you can get a medical marijuana card from a licensed doctor. This will allow you to purchase marijuana from a dispensary and possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis.

Additionally, medical marijuana cardholders are exempt from paying state sales tax, which can save them a significant amount of money.

To be eligible for a medical marijuana card, medical conditions that are commonly approved include cancer, AIDS, chronic pain, and arthritis. Several other conditions may be approved on a case-by-case basis, such as migraines, anxiety, and depression.

Visit a dispensary

There are now many dispensaries across California that sell both recreational and medical marijuana, so there likely is one near you. When looking for marijuana dispensaries in California, you should know that dispensaries are regulated by the state and must follow strict guidelines and regulations, so you can be assured that the products they sell are safe and of high quality. You can also ask your friends or family members for recommendations on which dispensaries they visit.

When visiting a dispensary, you will need to show a valid ID that proves you are over 21 years old. You will also be asked to sign in and present your ID again when making a purchase.

Most dispensaries have a wide variety of products available, including marijuana flowers, edibles, topicals, and concentrates. You can also purchase smoking accessories such as pipes, bongs, and rolling papers.

Grow your marijuana

In California, adults over 21 years old are legally allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use, so this is a great option if you want to save money or have specific preferences when it comes to the type of marijuana you consume.

If you decide to grow your marijuana, there are a few things you should keep in mind, such as the fact that your plants must be grown in a secure and private location, out of public view. Additionally, you can only possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis at a time, regardless of whether it was grown by you or purchased from a dispensary.

On the other hand, growing your marijuana can be a fun and rewarding experience, and it will allow you to have complete control over the quality of your plants.

Make your edibles

If you don’t want to smoke marijuana, consuming cannabis-infused edibles is a great alternative. Edibles provide a different experience than smoking, as they can take up to two hours to take effect, and the effects can last for many hours.

When making your edibles, you should know that cannabis-infused oils and butter can vary in strength, so it’s best to start with a small amount and increase the dosage as needed. It’s also important to label your edibles clearly and keep them out of reach of children and pets.

Additionally, you should be aware that it can be easy to overindulge when consuming edibles, so it’s important to start with a small amount and wait at least two hours before consuming more.

Vaping

Vaping is a popular way to consume marijuana, as it is less harmful to your lungs than smoking, and it also allows you to control the amount of THC you consume, as most cannabis vape cartridges contain between 50-90% THC.

When vaping, it’s important to use a cannabis vape cartridge that is compatible with your vape pen, and you should also make sure that the cartridge is filled with quality cannabis oil. Additionally, you should start with a small puff and wait a few minutes to see how the effects affect you before taking another puff.

Topicals

Cannabis-infused topicals are a great way to enjoy the benefits of marijuana without experiencing the psychoactive effects. Topicals are applied directly to the skin and can be used to relieve pain, inflammation, and skin conditions such as acne.

When using topicals, it’s important to start with a small amount and increase the dosage as needed. You should also be aware that some topicals can cause skin irritation, so it’s best to test them on a small area of skin first.

On the other hand, topicals are a great way to experience the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without getting high, so they are perfect for those who want to avoid the psychoactive effects of cannabis.

Use marijuana safely

It is important to remember that marijuana can impair your ability to drive, so it is important to use it safely and responsibly. If you are going to use marijuana, make sure you are not driving, operating heavy machinery, or engaging in any other activities that could be dangerous.

Additionally, it is important to be aware of the side effects of marijuana, which can include dry mouth, red eyes, increased appetite, and fatigue. If you experience any of these side effects, make sure you are not driving and find a safe place to rest.

On the other hand, if you use marijuana responsibly, it can be a great way to relax and enjoy your free time. 


Marijuana is now legal in California, so there are many ways to add it to your regular lifestyle. Whether you visit a dispensary, grow your plants, or make your edibles, there are plenty of safe and responsible ways to enjoy this plant.

Just make sure you are familiar with the laws in your state and always use marijuana safely.

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