California's recent legalization of adult recreational cannabis consumption has opened doors for both the canna-curious, and those who'd never before considered how this ancient plant might improve their quality of life. 

A concern that we we frequently hear from amateur cannabis users is that THC has a tendency to make them paranoid. It doesn't have to be that way! Here's how to prevent your cannabis adventure from going left: 

1. Know your product -- and if possible, get to know your farmer. Stick with brands that are committed to natural, pesticide-free cultivation who don't use fillers like propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, MCT oil, or synthetic terpenes in their products. Stick to cannabis derived or natural botanical terpenes from plant sources when selecting a vape cartridge or extract.  

2. Know your strain(s) -- Your budtender is your friend. Think of them as your holistic pharmacist; not just as the super-cool hippy down the street. Feel free to let them know about your ailments, preferences, budget, and any hesitations that you may have. They'll match you with products (and instructions) that fit the bill! 

3. Know your dose -- Slow and steady wins the race. Whether you're nibbling on an edible, taking your first dab, or puffing on a vape pen, be sure to read the packaging carefully. Think of it as a haircut -- you can always cut off more, but once you go too far, it's going to take a little while to get back where you want to be. 

4. Use CBD -- The cannabis plant is packed with hundreds of beneficial cannabinoids. We frequently take advantage of THC's beautiful, psychoactive effects, but what do we do when we've stepped too far outside of our comfort zone? Easy. We take advantage of a different, non-psychoactive cannabinoid called CBD. Consider starting with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio product like our Legion of Bloom TerraPen or Legion of Bloom Terrapen PAX Era Pods

5. Enjoy -- What a time to be alive!