1. Delay initiation: Lower-risk guidelines recommend delaying cannabis use until adulthood, particularly during adolescence when the brain is still developing. Early initiation of cannabis use has been associated with a higher risk of adverse outcomes, including impaired cognitive function and mental health disorders.
  2. Choose low-potency products: Cannabis products vary in potency, with some containing high levels of THC, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Lower-risk guidelines advise choosing products with lower THC concentrations to minimize the risk of experiencing adverse effects, such as anxiety, paranoia, and psychosis.
  3. Limit frequency and quantity: Lower-risk guidelines suggest limiting the frequency and quantity of cannabis use to reduce the likelihood of developing dependence and experiencing negative health outcomes. Occasional, moderate use is associated with lower risks compared to frequent, heavy use.
  4. Avoid high-risk methods of consumption: Certain methods of cannabis consumption, such as smoking and vaping, may pose additional health risks due to exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins. Lower-risk guidelines recommend alternative methods of consumption, such as edibles or vaporization, to minimize respiratory and cardiovascular risks.
  5. Avoid driving or operating machinery: Cannabis use impairs cognitive and psychomotor functions, which can impair driving ability and increase the risk of accidents. Lower-risk guidelines advise against driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of cannabis to prevent accidents and ensure public safety.
  6. Avoid mixing cannabis with other substances: Combining cannabis with alcohol or other drugs can potentiate their effects and increase the risk of adverse reactions. Lower-risk guidelines recommend avoiding simultaneous use of cannabis with other substances to reduce the risk of harm.