NOXX Illinois purchaser education plan

Cannabis Dispensary located in E. Peoria, IL

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Educational topics:

  • Legal Possession
  • Use in Public Areas
  • Safe Storage
  • Potential Side Effects & Potential Health Risks
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Cannabis Administration Methods & Effects
  • Safe Dosing
  • Evaluating & Recording Effects
  • Selecting Products Based on Past Experiences
  • Supplementing Cannabis Consumption with Other Healthy Activities
  • Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act

Legal Possession

The State of Illinois allows the possession and consumption of cannabis; however, it remains illegal under federal law. It remains federally illegal to use or possess cannabis while crossing state lines or within federally controlled areas such as airports, government buildings. and national parks. Cannabis is also prohibited at schools, including colleges or universities.

Current regulations prohibit smoking cannabis in public places. Pursuant to 410 ILCS 705/10-35 consuming cannabis in any motor vehicle, public place, correctional facility, school, in close proximity to anyone under 21 years of age who is not a registered medical cannabis patient, any place where smoking is prohibited under Smoke Free Illinois Act. is prohibited and punishable by law.

 

(A) There are legal limits to the amount of cannabis any person who is 21 years of age or older and a resident of the state of Illinois can possess:

  • 30 grams of cannabis flower
  • 5 grams of cannabis concentrate
  • No more than 500 milligrams of THC contained in cannabis-infused product
  • For registered qualifying patients, any cannabis produced by cannabis plants grown under subsection (b) of Section 10-5, provided any amount of cannabis produced in excess of 30 grams of raw cannabis or its equivalent must remain secured within the residence or residential property in which it was grown
 
(B) There are legal limits to the amount of cannabis any person who is 21 years of age or older and a NON-resident of the state of Illinois can possess:
  • 15 grams of cannabis flower
  • 2.5 grams of cannabis concentrate

  • 250 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product

     

 

(C) The possession limits found in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section are to be considered cumulative

(D) No person shall knowingly obtain, seek to obtain, or possess an amount of cannabis from a dispensing organization or craft grower that would cause him or her to exceed the possession limit under this Section, including cannabis that is cultivated by a person under this Act or obtained under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act.

Use in Public Areas

While the State of Illinois allows the possession and consumption of cannabis, cannabis remains illegal under federal law.  As such, it remains federally illegal to use or possess cannabis while crossing state lines.  It is also federally illegal to use or possess cannabis within federally controlled areas such as airports, government buildings. and national parks. Cannabis is also prohibited at schools, including colleges or universities.

 

 

Current regulations prohibit smoking cannabis in public places. Pursuant to 410 ILCS 705/10-35 consuming cannabis in any motor vehicle, public place, correctional facility, school, in close proximity to anyone under 21 years of age who is not a registered medical cannabis patient, any place where smoking is prohibited under Smoke Free Illinois Act. is prohibited and punishable by law.

Safe Storage

Safe storage of cannabis is crucial for maintaining its potency and preventing unauthorized access, especially in households with children or pets.

 

To maintain product quality, opt for airtight containers made of glass or plastic to preserve the freshness of cannabis. Store these containers in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and moisture, which can degrade the quality of the product. Moreover, labeling cannabis containers with information like strain type, potency, and date of purchase aids in proper organization and identification.

 

Keep cannabis products away from areas easily accessible to children or pets, employing high shelves and/or locked cabinets as preferred locations. Lockable storage options, such as boxes or safes, provide an added layer of security, ensuring that only authorized individuals have access. Educating household members about the importance of responsible storage and handling of cannabis contributes significantly to maintaining a safe environment within the home.

Potential side effects & potential Health Risks

There are some possible side effects of cannabis, including impairment with use and operation of a motor vehicle or heavy machinery, during pregnancy or when caring for children, or affecting job performance.

 

Other effects include:

  • Altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
  • Altered sense of time
  • Changes in mood
  • Impaired body movement
  • Difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
  • Impaired memory
  • Hallucinations (when taken in high doses)
  • Delusions (when taken in high doses)
  • Psychosis (risk is highest with regular use of high potency marijuana)

There may be some long term effects with Cannabis use, such as affects on brain development. When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may impair thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.

 

There is a potential for drug-to-drug interactions, including interactions with alcohol, prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and supplements.

 

HELP IS AVAILABLE. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) 240-276-2750 www.csat.samhsa.gov Illinois Department of Public Health 855-636-3688

 

Substance Abuse Services

Signs and symptoms of substance abuse include anxiety, dizziness, inability to concentrate, paranoia, vomiting, increase in body temperature, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal.

 

If you or someone you know may need help with substance abuse services, HELP IS AVAILABLE. 

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) 240-276-2750 www.csat.samhsa.gov 
  • Illinois Department of Public Health 855-636-3688

Cannabis Administration Methods & Effects

Cannabis offers a diverse array of administration methods, each influencing the onset, intensity, and duration of its effects. Inhalation methods like smoking and vaping provide rapid onset, typically within minutes, making them popular for immediate relief. Smoking involves combusting dried cannabis flowers, delivering a quick but potentially harsh experience, while vaping heats the cannabis to a temperature that releases cannabinoids without combustion, often considered a smoother alternative.

 

 

Edibles, including infused foods and beverages, provide a delayed onset, usually taking up to an hour or more to take effect due to digestion. Their effects tend to be more potent and longer-lasting, lasting several hours. Sublingual methods, such as tinctures or sprays, involve placing cannabis extracts under the tongue for fast absorption into the bloodstream, resulting in quicker effects compared to edibles but slower than inhalation.

 

 

Topicals, such as creams, lotions, or patches, are applied directly to the skin and are primarily used for localized relief, offering therapeutic benefits without inducing psychoactive effects. Each administration method offers a unique experience in terms of onset, duration, and intensity of effects, allowing users to choose based on their desired outcomes and preferences.

Safe Dosing

For beginners exploring cannabis, safe dosing is crucial to ensure a positive and manageable experience. Start low and go slow is the cardinal rule. Begin with a small dose, like 2.5-5 milligrams of THC (the psychoactive component), especially if you’re trying edibles or concentrates. The effects of cannabis products can vary from person to person, and it can take as long as two hours to feel the effects of some cannabis-infused products. Carefully review the portion size information and warnings contained on the product packaging before consuming. Wait at least 1-2 hours before considering another dose as the effects can take time to manifest, preventing accidental overconsumption.   With inhalation methods like smoking or vaping, take a single puff and wait to gauge its impact before proceeding further. Always opt for products with clear labeling detailing THC/CBD content and potency, enabling precise dosage control.

Nutritional Information

Illinois law requires edibles containing cannabis to have clear nutritional labeling. Typically, these labels include information similar to what you’d find on regular food products, such as serving size, total calories, fat content, carbohydrates, protein, sugars, and sometimes additional details about vitamins or minerals present in the ingredients.

However, specific nutritional information can vary widely based on the type of cannabis-infused product. For instance, a cannabis-infused chocolate bar will have different nutritional content compared to a cannabis-infused granola bar or a beverage. Always refer to the packaging or labeling on the specific product you’re interested in to find accurate nutritional information.

Evaluating & Recording Cannabis Effects

Evaluating and recording the effects of cannabis can be instrumental in understanding personal tolerance and preferences. Start by noting the strain, method of consumption, dosage, and time of intake in a journal or app dedicated to tracking experiences. You may also want to record additional factors that may impact cannabis effects, such as how much food you’ve eaten that day or whether or not you were particularly active that day. Describe the onset, duration, and intensity of effects, paying attention to both physical and mental sensations, such as relaxation, euphoria, or changes in perception. Also, document any adverse reactions or discomfort to identify patterns or products that might not suit you.

Observing how cannabis affects mood, energy levels, and productivity can help tailor usage to specific needs. Take note of any therapeutic benefits experienced, whether alleviating stress, aiding sleep, or managing pain. This recorded data can inform future choices, enabling a more informed and personalized approach to cannabis consumption while promoting responsible and mindful usage. Sharing this information with a healthcare professional or knowledgeable budtender can also provide valuable insights and guidance.

Selecting products based on past experiences

Leveraging a purchaser’s past experience with cannabis can be a valuable compass in selecting new products. Reflect on previously favored strains, consumption methods, and their effects to discern preferences. If a specific strain or product delivered a desired outcome, exploring similar options—whether in terms of cannabinoid content, terpene profiles, or delivery methods—can enhance the likelihood of a positive experience. Additionally, considering any adverse reactions or strains that didn’t align well can guide buyers away from similar choices. Drawing from past encounters enables a more informed selection process, empowering individuals to make choices that align more closely with their preferences and desired effects.

Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act

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Supplementing Cannabis Consumption with Other Healthy Activities

Combining cannabis consumption with other healthy habits can contribute to a holistic well-being approach. Here are ten ways to supplement cannabis use with other health-focused activities:

  1. Exercise Routine: Engage in regular physical activity, whether it’s yoga, jogging, weightlifting, or any other form of exercise you enjoy. Cannabis can sometimes complement exercise by helping with relaxation or muscle recovery, but it’s essential to be mindful of how it affects your performance and coordination.
  2. Balanced Diet: Maintain a well-rounded and nutritious diet. Pairing cannabis use with healthy eating habits can enhance its potential therapeutic effects. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  3. Nature Immersion: Spend time outdoors, connect with nature, and breathe in fresh air. Combining cannabis with nature walks or hikes can promote relaxation and enhance the overall experience.
  4. Regular Doctor Visits: Prioritize regular health check-ups and consultations with healthcare professionals. Be transparent about your cannabis use to receive comprehensive medical guidance and ensure your health needs are met holistically.
  5. Low-Stress Practices: Incorporate stress-relieving activities into your routine, such as meditation, mindfulness, or deep breathing exercises. Cannabis might aid in relaxation, but pairing it with stress-reduction techniques can maximize its potential benefits.
  6. Hydration: Stay well-hydrated. Pairing cannabis consumption with adequate water intake can help mitigate potential dry mouth or dehydration associated with its use.
  7. Social Interaction: Maintain healthy social connections and engage in activities with friends or family. Enjoying cannabis in a social setting can promote a positive and shared experience.
  8. Quality Sleep: Prioritize good sleep hygiene. Cannabis may influence sleep patterns for some individuals, so ensuring a conducive sleep environment and practicing good sleep habits can enhance its potential sleep-supporting effects.
  9. Mindful Consumption: Practice responsible and mindful cannabis use. Monitor and track your consumption to understand its effects and adjust as needed to maintain a healthy balance.
  10. Cognitive Stimulation: Engage in activities that stimulate your mind, such as reading, puzzles, learning new skills, or creative hobbies. Pairing cannabis use with intellectually stimulating activities can offer a unique experience for some individuals.


Remember, while combining cannabis with other healthy activities can be beneficial, individual reactions to cannabis vary. It’s crucial to understand how cannabis affects you personally and to seek guidance from healthcare professionals when needed.