A Guide to Cannabis: Part 3

Welcome back! Last time we took you through the basics of cannabis. This time we will be guiding you through cannabis consumption. We’ll touch on the different methods of consumption. Every worry if you have had too much THC? Well, we have a few handy remedies to counteract THC. We also cover how to consume responsibly and consciously. We even included our very own elevated consumption infographic and an amazing infused tiramisu recipe. Still don’t know all the terms? Don’t miss our consumption 101 glossary at the end.

Let’s dive right into The Guide To Cannabis: Part 3

The variety of products available has never been greater. Cannabis products can be smoked, eaten, applied to the skin, dabbed or vaped. However, quality and potency standards can be inconsistent. The strength of cannabis products varies between strains and products. The same dosage can affect two individuals very differently.

Fortunately, there is virtually no threat of a fatal overdose. But it is entirely possible to go overboard which happens to most cannabis users at least once in their lifetime. Every substance is toxic if you consume it in excess. Even carrots and bananas can have negative physiological effects if you consume high volumes of them. The same is true of cannabis.

While it is impossible to overdose on cannabis, there can be some very unwelcome side effects from high THC levels. These include anxiety and paranoia.

Signs you’ve had too much

1. A “white-out”.

A white-out is a side effect of acute cannabis intoxication. The colour drains rapidly from the face, followed by weakness, nausea or vomiting and even temporary unconsciousness. The symptoms are generally short-lived. It’s good to have a sweet drink or snack and then sit or lie down. It should only take a few minutes for feelings of nausea and dizziness to subside.

2. The shakes

3. Cottonmouth

4. High levels of anxiety and paranoia

5. Panic attack

6. Rapid heart rate

7. Extreme confusion and memory problems, difficulty conversing

8. Poor coordination

9. High or low blood pressure

10. Nausea and vomiting

11. Hallucinations

Read more about the signs of THC toxicity and how to remedy it here.

What to Do If You Consume Too Much Cannabis?

  1. Remain calm, talk yourself down and remind yourself that the symptoms will pass and you will feel much better in about half an hour.
  2. Find a safe, quiet space to relax, preferably with a trusted person.
  3. Distract yourself by watching TV, listening to soothing music or taking a nap
  4. Have a shower or bath and try to enjoy the feeling of the water.
  5. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  6. Have a sweet snack or drink to raise your blood sugar
  7. A large 50-200mg dose of CBD (without significant amounts of THC) can act as a partial antidote.
  8. Lemon oil, found predominantly in the rind and in lower amounts in the juice, has also been used. Grate a tablespoon of lemon zest and chew it up before swallowing.

How to use cannabis responsibly?

To use cannabis safely and avoid overconsumption, it’s important to be mindful of your own tolerance levels. Familiarize yourself with the dosage instructions and always start off with the smallest possible dose. For novice users, we recommend 5mg. Start slowly and wait an hour or two before your next dose.

Use the Green Easy Elevated Consumption guide, to keep track of how you reacted to a product and dosages.

Recipe of the Month – Infused Tiramisu

How to use Infused Coffee

We love our infused coffees. They’re a great way to start or end the day ( depending which one you go for ). Have it hot, cold or in a cappuccino. Don’t forget, you don’t just have to drink it, you can infuse food too. How about overnight oats soaked in infused coffee and cocoa? Wake and bake breakfast of champions? This time we’ll show you how to infuse a tiramisu, to add a little kick to this classic.

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It comes in 3 great varieties:

  • Sunrise ,lower herbal concentration to help you start the day
  • Sunset has a higher herbal concentration to help you get to sleep
  • Supernova is the highest herbal concentration to help you keep going, feeling the effects of the broad spectrum infusion.

We recommend using the Supernova as you will only use 1 and a half cups of coffee in the recipe which serves 6-8

( Use the dosage guide on the packaging and start slowly )

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounce container mascarpone cheese ,room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cold espresso *
  • 3 Tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur ,optional
  • 1 package Lady Fingers
  • Cocoa powder for dusting the top

    *Use Infused coffee
    We recommend using the Supernova as you will only use 1 and a half cups of coffee in the recipe which serves 6-8

Instructions

  • Add whipping cream to a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed with electric mixers (or use a stand mixer).
  • Slowly add sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks. Add mascarpone cheese and mix just until combined. Set aside.
  • Add coffee and liqueur to a shallow bowl. Dip the lady fingers in the coffee (Don’t soak them–just quickly dip them on both sides to get them wet) and lay them in a single layer on the bottom of an 8×8” or similar size pan.
  • Smooth half of the mascarpone mixture over the top. Add another layer of dipped lady fingers. Smooth remaining mascarpone cream over the top.
  • Dust cocoa powder generously over the top. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or up to overnight before serving

Still don’t know all the terms and phrases? Take a look at our consumption glossary of terms. Next time we’ll be walking you through the different types of cannabis products and teaching you all about dosing edibles.

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