Start Low and Go Slow

We urge patients to start low and go slow. Begin with a low dosage. The effects of cannabis aren’t necessarily felt instantaneously, and everyone responds differently. Do not rush into taking another dose before experiencing the full impact of the first, especially when consuming Marijuana Infused Products (MIPs) such as edibles, tinctures and capsules. The impairment effects of edible products may be delayed by two hours or more. If you aren’t sure where to begin, we suggest starting with 5mg or less. By ingesting smaller amounts, you will have better control over the experience and more effectively achieve your desired results.  


Make Time and Enjoy

If you are new to consuming cannabis or reacquainting yourself, make sure that you are relaxed and stress-free to make the most out of your first experience. Set time aside, perhaps in the evening after your responsibilities are done, surrounded by the comforts of home. If you are consuming orally, have a snack first and do not ingest on an empty stomach. Make sure that you have double-checked the information provided on the product label. THC and CBD content is clearly marked on all packaging.


Keep In Mind…

 
  • Do not drive/operate machinery while under the influence of cannabis, as it is prohibited by the law. When under the influence of marijuana, driving is prohibited by M.G.L. c. 90, § 24, and machinery should not be operated.

  • Do not cross Federal waters or state lines with cannabis products, as it may become unlawful within another state’s jurisdiction. 

  • Cannabis products are not recommended for women that are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. 

  • Do not mix cannabis with alcohol.  

  • Too strong? We urge you to stay calm, comfortable and in a safe environment. The undesirable effects will subside with time. Perhaps try taking a nap.  

  • Do not consume in public areas, as it is prohibited by state and local law. The Town of Nantucket has passed local ordinances prohibiting public consumption, including beaches, playgrounds, recreation areas, and land and buildings that are under the control of the Town of Nantucket.

  • You cannot legally purchase more than 1 oz of flower or 5 grams of concentrate within the same day. 

  • You may not sell marijuana to any other individual.  Fraudulent distribution or resale of marijuana is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

  • You may share less than 1 oz of flower or 5 grams of concentrate without any form of compensation with adults 21+.

  • Lock it Up. If you have any type of cannabis products in your home, keep it contained within the original childproof packaging. Keep away from children and pets.

  • We urge consumers to refrain from using cannabis products in front of children. No matter how many times you tell them not to grow up too fast, kids idolize adult behavior and are easily influenced by what they see. You can prevent this by not using cannabis when kids are around.

  • Not everyone thinks cannabis smells as good as we do. Keep second hand smoke away from others.

  • Marijuana has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on side effects and there may be health risks associated with using marijuana. 


Tolerance & Dependence

  • Among researchers, it is generally accepted that marijuana is not a physically addictive substance. However, psychological dependence is indeed possible with the negligent and excessive use of any substance. Profuse and habitual use of marijuana can lead to a high tolerance for the drug. This will prompt the user to increase their dosages significantly in order to achieve the same result they were once able to attain with lower doses. For additional information on tolerance, dependence and withdrawal, visit http://www.dependency.net/learn/marijuana/.

  • HelpGuide.org is a non-profit dedicated to improving mental and emotional health, and provides resources to recognize abuse and addiction. HelpGuide provides a guide to common signs and symptoms of drug abuse and addiction. The list of drug abuse signs includes neglection of responsibilities, using under dangerous conditions, legal trouble, and causing relationship problems. The signs of addiction include building up a tolerance, using to avoid withdrawal, life revolves around drug use, abandoned previous enjoyable activities, extended use, and loss of control.

For more information about substance abuse and addiction, visit http://www.helpguide.org/mental/drug_substance_abuse_addiction_signs_effects_treatment.htm

Nantucket Substance Support Groups & Addiction Resources

Addiction Solutions
508-2284846
nantuckethospital.org

Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
774-333-2085
www.asapnantucket.org

Fairwinds: Nantucket’s Counseling Center
508-228-2689
www.fairwindscenter.org

Gosnold on Nantucket
Office: 508-228-3955
Mobile Crisis Response: 1-877-784-6273
http://gosnold.org