Using cannabis for the first time can be a tricky endeavor. For starters, you might not know which specific cannabis product to consume or how to actually consume it. Also, there’s a chance you’ve heard stories about people getting anxious or paranoid after getting high, and well, that might just stop you from trying it out yourself. But don’t worry, if you follow these first time cannabis consumer tips you’ll likely have a great first time experience!
What Strains to Use
The first choice you have to make is whether you want to get super high or simply feel nice and relaxed as a first time cannabis consumer. If you feel like getting high, you should be careful when choosing your strain. If your product contains a high percentage of THC and you inhale enough of it to send smoke signals, you might suffer from paranoia and an overall bad feeling after smoking for the first time.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: ease into your usage. Start with just one hit of a strain with a low percentage of THC. Notice how your body reacts to it, and see if you can take two hits the next time.
Also, do some research to discover the difference between Indica, Sativa, and hybrid strains to see which main category you might prefer. The Sugar Leaf has a marijuana strains post that will help you brush up.
How to Consume
Smoking, vaporizing, eating edibles, applying topicals, and more; there is no shortage of consumption methods for a first time cannabis consumer.
When smoking cannabis you can easily control how much you use. Just one hit will probably be enough for the first time, so pass the joint or bowl on to your friends and enjoy your first high. But be careful, smoking can cause a burning sensation in your throat if you inhale too much at once. Take tiny puffs, or you can try vaporizing.
Vaporizing tends to be easier on your throat, so it doesn’t give you that uncomfortable feeling. Portable vaporizer pens are the way to go if you want to start with small doses.
Edibles are often a good choice for beginners. Just make sure that you know how much active compound your product contains, and its recommended portion amount. This means that it’s smarter to buy a labeled edible, than to bake something yourself.
The brownie is of course a classic. But don’t eat the whole thing by yourself. Start with one bite. If after a couple of hours you feel like the effects aren’t strong enough, you can always take that second bite. Be aware that it might take some time for your edible to kick in — up to an hour or two in some circumstances — so don’t start chewing on the rest of that brownie if you don’t feel anything after a few minutes.
When it comes to non-smoking medical use, topicals are often ideal. These balms and lotions are infused with cannabis and are applied directly onto the skin. You won’t get high from these products, and they’re very discreet to use. Still, you should start by applying just a small amount, especially the first time.
When and Where
Using cannabis for the first time should be a comfortable and pleasant experience, so share it with some of your best friends!
Make sure you don’t have any appointments, meetings, work or important social events for the next day. As a first time cannabis consumer, you’ll want to get your body acclimated to the short- and long-term effects of the product. Once you understand how your body reacts to it, you can work your consumption into your regularly planned week. That first time, though, be sure to have some buffer time built in.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably need quiet some sleep after your first taste of cannabis, so organize the evening at your home. Sit down on a comfy couch, put on some music and enjoy.
How to Prepare
Besides clearing your schedule and creating a relaxing atmosphere at your home, you should buy some supplies. Make sure you have enough water, and preferably drink a couple of glasses before you try out your cannabis. Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages the first time. Just keep on drinking that water so you won’t feel dehydrated the next morning.
Snacks are also very important, especially because you don’t want to take your car to buy food when you’re high (that’s a BIG no-no). Buy some frozen pizzas or other snacks, or something healthier if you prefer, before you start.
This cannot be stressed enough, the most important thing is to start slowly. Let your body get used to cannabis products. Don’t overdo it, and don’t try and act cool by smoking a whole joint the first time. Be prepared and you’ll have a great first time experience. But if it doesn’t work out the way you hoped, don’t worry, just try again next time.