The Noob’s Guide To Medicating Properly For The Holidays


As we cruise further into the core of the holiday season, there’s going to be quite a bit of indulgence all around. Meals that can feed small villages, egg nog with enough booze to put down a reindeer and of course, more christmas “trees” than Snoop Dogg can handle. Unlike alcohol that can kill you if you overdo it, cannabis is a much safer alternative. Just like alcohol, it should always be consumed responsibly and in moderation. Too much cannabis isn’t lethal but who wants to be so baked they can’t tell their visiting relatives apart? Experienced consumers know the feeling and now know the better.

Regardless, some of you newbies are going to hit too large of a dab, eat too many special holiday brownies or underestimate the potency of some exotic strain. It’s alright though, we’ve all been there. As a matter of fact, some of the most notable people in the cannabis industry have experienced a beginner’s mistake when consuming. Check out these stories and n00b tips from some of the most elite in the game.

Louis Santillana, Chief Cultivation Officer at Diego Pellicer – Colorado, an independent Denver-based cannabis brand licensee with a focus on owning and operating legally compliant dispensaries and grow operations.

“There was this one time, before becoming a dad, that I consumed way too many homemade edibles. I had about 5 or 6 cookies that must have been way too medicated because after a few hours I was catatonic and couch locked. I tried getting up to move around but was instantly greeted by the floor. One of my best learning experiences with edibles.”

Danny Davis, Managing Partner at Convectium, a branding, packaging and equipment solutions company for the legal cannabis industry

“Recently, we had a staff member try cannabis oil for the first time in his life; I don’t believe we have laughed as hard as we did that day. Because of the ‘I can’t stop looking at myself in the mirror, it’s so weird’ to the ‘Please help me stop laughing…Why can’t I stop laughing?!’ comments, we make sure we remind him daily.”

Chris Downey, Creative Director at Dr. Dabber, a vaporizer company that has produced the first portable electronic rig

“My main word of advice for a new dabber is to start off slow, and just dip your toes in the water so to speak. Once you take that first dab, give yourself a little bit of time before you rush into the next dab to best gauge your tolerance.”

Shanel Lindsay, Founder and President of Ardent, a Boston-based biotech and medical cannabis device company that produces the NOVA™, a laboratory-grade precision decarboxylator for medical cannabis patients

“The biggest mistake I’ve made as a medical patient has been consuming without first assessing the quality and strength of the cannabis I’ve had at my disposal. By putting effort into getting the right dosage and quality, I’m better able to get the effects I need.”