Managing Excessive Medical Cannabis Consumption and Accidental Ingestion
Steps to Take for Ensuring Safety and Proper Care
While medical cannabis offers numerous benefits, excessive consumption or accidental ingestion can lead to uncomfortable or potentially dangerous side effects. Follow these steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the affected individual.
If you or someone you know has consumed too much medical cannabis or if a non-patient has accidentally ingested it, the first step is to remain calm. Panic can exacerbate the situation and make it more difficult to provide proper care.
Assess the situation:
Evaluate the affected individual’s condition, looking for any signs of distress or adverse reactions. Symptoms of excessive cannabis consumption can include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, paranoia, confusion, or an increased heart rate.
Move to a safe and comfortable environment:
If possible, move the affected individual to a safe, quiet, and comfortable environment. This can help reduce anxiety and create a more calming atmosphere.
Encourage the individual to relax and breathe deeply:
Deep, slow breaths can help reduce anxiety and alleviate some of the adverse effects of excessive cannabis consumption. Encourage the affected individual to focus on their breath and take slow, deep breaths.
Provide water and light snacks:
Hydration is essential during this time. Offer water to the affected individual to help combat dry mouth and prevent dehydration. Light snacks can also help stabilize blood sugar levels and provide comfort.
Keep the individual awake and alert:
If the affected individual is extremely drowsy or has difficulty staying awake, try to keep them alert and conscious. This can help prevent complications and ensure their safety.
Seek medical attention if necessary:
In the event of severe adverse reactions or if the individual has ingested a large amount of cannabis, particularly in the case of edibles or concentrates, seek immediate medical attention. Call your local emergency number or go to the nearest emergency room.
Monitor the individual until symptoms subside:
Stay with the affected individual and monitor their condition until symptoms subside or medical help arrives. Most symptoms of excessive cannabis consumption will gradually diminish over time.
Learn from the experience:
Once the situation has been resolved, take time to reflect on the incident and learn from it. Identify ways to prevent excessive consumption or accidental ingestion in the future, such as using smaller doses, keeping cannabis products securely stored, or educating those around you about the risks of accidental ingestion.
At Three Foot Wellness Dispensary, we are committed to promoting safe and responsible medical cannabis use. If you have questions or concerns about the proper dosing, storage, or handling of your medical cannabis, please contact us or visit our dispensary for assistance and guidance.