About to Use Weed for the First Time? You are about to eat, smoke or vape, drink or even absorb cannabis in the first place? aren’t sure of what you can do?
I’m a regular cannabis user and a journalist who covers the subject which is why I’m frequently receiving stories from all sorts of people on how different types of buds and different products impact each other.
It’s a fairly popular method to learn about cannabis. With no clear rules or guidelines (due to the federal prohibition) Word-of-mouth is the way the majority of people determine what’s the case with intoxicants.
Here’s a collection of tips, tricks and suggestions when you’re starting out.
Cannabis isn’t legal in every state but a lot of U.S. states have legalized cannabis for medical for recreational or medical purposes or both. It’s better not to risk it and be aware of the laws that apply to your state.
If you are not in from the United States, you may be subject to laws that differ from the United States.
1. Get rid of the high and low. and not the high binaries
The informal informational network that I described earlier shifts slightly each time a state or another municipality is allows cannabis to be grown which is, at the moment at present, happens almost every week.
One thing that hasn’t substantially changed, however it has changed the way that society talks about being drunk or high.
“I think in the beginning there is this shedding required to move through what is effectively brainwashing that came as the result of prohibition and anti-weed propaganda,” says Emma Chasen of Eminent Consulting.
In the case of cannabis, discussion about being high are often tangled in binaries. The products are described as either intoxicating or not. This is a frequent topic when discussing CBD as opposed to THC.
The same applies to what is considered psychoactive. (Note this distinction is typically misinterpreted as all cannabinoids have an effect that is psychoactive.)
The effects of cannabis vary across a range of. How you’ll feel the effects will depend on a number of factors, such as the type of product you’re using as well as your environment and the state of your mind during the day.
This could be nervous if you’re not used to marijuana, yet it’s possible to explore this subjectivity. Most often, binaries are created as they’re comfortable and provide precise guidelines and eliminate any doubt.
However it’s not that easy speaking in binaries can create an illusion of security. The same is true with cannabis.
Before your first experience with cannabis Prepare your mind to experience these grey spaces. Be free of expectations. Open yourself to a variety of possibilities (we’ll discuss the best ways to deal with a less-than-great result later).
To know how a marijuana effects the individual body It will be beneficial for those who use it and anyone else looking to be comfortable with the grey spaces.
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2. Take a few strains and the grain of salt
When it comes to binaries, there’s the matter of cannabis strains (or cultivars). They’re often classified as indica or indica. It is essentially a shorthand description of the former, which produces the body to feel euphoric while the latter produces an energy-driven or cerebral high in addition to other effects.
These descriptions don’t have to be false however, they’re totally subjective.
In addition, categorizing cannabis based on the two terms alone leaves out a broad spectrum of effects that are caused by various causes, such as flavonoids and Terpenes.
Instead of choosing an indica or Sativa, consider the way you’d like to feel. Are you energetic and innovative? Introspective and relaxed? Are there any therapeutic effects you’re searching for, such as appetite stimulation or pain relief?
Based on this knowledge Cannabis specialists or staff at dispensaries can assist you select the right product.
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3. Make use of your nose
If you’d prefer to take a more active role in choosing the right product Cannabis journalist and author Ellen Holland suggests looking to your nose.
“We are fortunate that the flavorful and aromatic components of cannabis, called Terpenes, play an important part in the effects. This way our sense of smell may guide us to the effect we’re after,” she says.
“Fruit, floral, fuel, and earth are common flavor profiles in cannabis flowers, and following these groupings can help people find what’s right for them,” she says.
Holland states Holland says that “fruity cultivars” are uplifting and floral ones are contemplative. The cultivars that are fuel-backed (like Sour Diesel) are potent, while those that have earthy scents and flavors are known to induce relaxation.
“The diversity of this botanical is vast, and strain names can often be misleading,” she says.
“It’s wonderful to be drawn to the scents you already consider attractive. The citrusy scents of Gelonade will tell you that it’s going to be vibrant and stimulating. The gassy, dank smells of an iconic OG Kush tell you that it’s going be strong and relaxing,” she says.
The strains Holland describes are likely to be accessible in a variety of legal dispensaries.
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4. Consider edibles (but start small)
Edibles could be a good starting point for those who aren’t looking to dive into the specifics of the plant, or to deal with the negative health effects of smoking.
It is important to be aware of the dosage and type however.
In general, edibles made with live resin can produce more powerful effects. The liver is the primary organ that they metabolize more than in the bloodstream which means they provide a longer lasting high, which can cause psychedelic effects when taken at higher dosages.
When you’re using weed for the first time, you should aim for 5 milligrams to less (2.5 milligrams is ideal). They also take longer to take effect as opposed to inhalation. Therefore, it is recommended to take a minimum of an hour or so before attempting to take more.
5. Know your dose
No matter what method of consumption you use regardless of your method of consumption, regardless of your method of consumption, Dr. Jordan Tishler, president and CEO of inhaleMD believes that a dose is essential to determine when using weed for the first time.
“The crucial factor is the dosage. If cannabis creates anxiety or discomfort, it’s simply excessive,” he says, as well as the usual complaints of those who have tried cannabis but concluded that it wasn’t for them.
“It’s not about varieties and CBD percentages. Nothing has worked out in research,” Tishler says, who is also director of the Association of Cannabis Specialists and professor in the Harvard Medical School.
“Your cannabis doctor will be very clear about what you should take and how much. It is usually a gradual uptake, not just to help you get used to the effects, but also to allow you body adjust to the changes,” he says.
Most often, people reap benefits from doses that are less than they would expect, Tishler adds.
6. Release any previous cannabis-related experiences
For those who’ve had an unpleasant experience using marijuana or other intoxicants prior to that, Chasen has a few guidelines to remember.
“First foremost is what sort of experience are you hoping to gain? We’re aware of the kind of experience you’d rather not have But do you have specific objectives for your therapeutics? An emotion you’d like to create using marijuana?” she tells people to consider these questions.
“Secondly, I’d want to examine other consumption methods,” Chasen states. If you’ve smoked before and did not like it, perhaps the edible or tincture might work better.
She also says that lately she’s “super into” tinctures because there are some that contain exclusively cannabis, as well as others that blend cannabis and “supportive botanicals” — things like adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms.
7. Take note of your set and setting
Chasen is also adamant about that it is important to “set and setting,” that is a common idea in psychedelic usage.
“Make sure you are in a comfortable space with people you feel safe with,” she advises. There are times when people’s reactions to substances that are intoxicant could be caused by things that happen beyond their bodies.
The first time you experience cannabis shouldn’t be the time to get together with someone who’s new to you for the very first time. Keep with the people who you trust and know. Try to find a place you feel safe and secure whether it’s your living room or your favorite beach.
8. Make sure you have an emergency plan
A part of playing around with intoxicants is figuring out the limits even though it can be uncomfortable to be at times.
If you feel uneasy (mentally as well as physically) while using weed for the first time, Tishler recommends an easy solution.
“The best thing to do when you’re struggling to control excessively drunk is to sit with your loved ones, then watch some light-hearted television and then go to bed. You’ll be fine the next daytime,” Tishler says.
There are many stories of anecdotal remedies people swear by, ranging from chewing on peppercorns to drinking lemon tea however, there’s not a lot of research to back them up.
Prepare yourself for the possibility that remedies will do not work. Prepare a backup plan whether it’s a trusted friend to take you home, or a path that leads for you to get on the couch.
Overall, Chasen notes there’s still an underlying mystery about the process of getting high and how to be confident about it that’s not just for new users.
“I think people feel like they’re losing themselves,” she states, adding the feeling “directly threatens their security and functionality, which directly challenges the ways we were taught to feel secure and in control.”
The loss of control isn’t always pleasant.
“Yes that’s true, excessive THC could cause you to feel extremely anxious and fearful. This can cause you to think “Hey, this doesn’t work for me or me,'” Chasen adds.
“But, also, if you were taught how to cope with that experience, if you were taught to be intentional about that consumption, you could find really valuable insights about yourself in that experience, and I just don’t think that we are at all prepared to look that in the face,” she says in a sly manner.
“I don’t think we’re prepared in the way that our culture raised us to look our egos in the face and watch them die,” Chasen states.
This doesn’t mean you should go straight to the abyss however, regardless of what you do, allow yourself time to think about what happened afterwards.
If you think it was a pleasant memory, why? Did it open up new feelings or sensations? Did you gain an entirely new way of looking at things? These questions will help you realize the benefits you felt while using weed for the first time!
If it wasn’t comfortable, what was it that made you feel uneasy? Did you experience physical discomfort? Did you experience uncomfortable feelings?
Every cannabis experience, whether good or not — can be an opportunity for learning.
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It’s the bottom line
There’s no correct or incorrect method to approach your first experience with cannabis. Everyone is unique.