Cannabis’ illegal status that has lasted for almost a century greatly impacted the way we collectively view the plant. However, the public opinion is gradually coming around, and this newfound acceptance allows us to enjoy weed freely, without fear of repercussions.
This also gave some sort of permission to different groups of people to use weed, people who may have been reluctant to do so in the past, such as seniors, mothers, etc.
So, regardless of whether you’re young or old, planning to use cannabis for medicinal or recreational reasons, this guide will acquaint you with every important aspect of smoking weed for the first time. Always have in mind that if done properly, getting high is a very pleasurable experience.
Let’s first go over the types of cannabis you should be smoking.
Choice of Weed
First of all, as a beginner, stay away from extremely potent strains. The advancements in cannabis botany resulted in strains that have freakishly high levels of THC (over 25%), which is the main psychoactive component of weed.
These types of strains are way too powerful for new users, so if you’re one of them, you should definitely avoid them. It’s usually considered that strains that have over 15% THC are too potent for weed beginners.
The second important aspect is choosing between an Indica and a Sativa strain.
Indicas and Sativas are the two main subspecies of cannabis.
Indica and Sativa have fairly similar cerebral effects, but the effect that they have on our body is very different.
Indica strains make people feel mellow and relaxed, while Sativas are best described as producing an energizing high.
Because of this crucial difference in effects, Indicas are generally intended for nighttime use, and Sativas are better suited for daytime consumption.
To conclude, Indica strains are probably a smarter choice for novice users. Since the experience as a whole will probably be intense and exhilarating, it’s better that your weed has a somewhat calming effect.
However, if you have low blood pressure, you should probably start off with a Sativa strain, since Indica strains can make you feel a bit groggy and sedated.
There is also a wide variety of Hybrid strains available on the market, which express characteristics of both Indicas and Sativas. The Hybrid effects are somewhere in between those of the Indicas and Sativas, so you might want to try these strains a bit later down the line.
What Should You Use?
You should steer clear of all cannabis concentrates (like hash, kief, moon rocks, rosin, budder, shatter, sugar wax and so on), as they are too potent for rookies and should only be consumed by experienced weed enthusiasts.
You also need to avoid any type of bongs and edibles, since using weed in this form can be too powerful for someone who’s just starting off.
Now that we’ve covered what you shouldn’t go for, let’s go through some acceptable options for your first experience.
Joints are probably the best possible option for beginners. If you don’t feel like learning how to roll your own (or don’t have anyone to roll it for you), you can always purchase a pre-rolled joint from your local dispensary.
Joints are probably the best possible option for beginners.
Bowls (small pipes designed for weed) are also a viable option. But, since bowls require some experience in figuring out when it is the right time to replace the burnt weed with fresh buds, it is still advisable to turn to the old fashioned joint as your primary weapon of choice.
Finally, weed vaporizers are also great, but since most of them don’t come cheap, it’s better to postpone that purchase until after you’ve figured out how cannabis affects you.
How Much Should You Smoke?
First of all, smoking an entire joint by yourself is definitely a bad idea, so don’t even try it.
Sharing a joint with a couple of friends is optional, but this may also be too much.
The safest way to smoke weed for the first time is to take a couple of puffs (make sure that you inhale deeply and fill your lungs), exhale, and afterwards wait for a few minutes.
People have a different sensitivity to weed, and some require very little to get really high, while others have to smoke a lot more in order to feel anything.
When we consume cannabis through a joint, the smoke reaches our lungs very quickly, and it only takes a couple of minutes for the THC to get to our brain and for the immediate effects to take hold.
If nothing happens after the first couple of puffs, feel free to repeat the action, and again wait for a couple of minutes.
You might feel that you’re getting high after the first inhalation, but it’s also possible that you’ll have to repeat the entire process a few times.
For instance, when smoking high-quality cannabis, it generally takes a couple of inhalations and about five minutes before noticing the first signs of the high.
Avoid Other Substances
In order to fully experience the majestic sensation commonly referred to as the high, it’s essential that you exclude all other mind-altering substances from the equation.
This especially goes for alcohol, but also for various types of medication, or any other substance that distorts your state of mind.
Once you get familiar with weed, you can decide for yourself if you want to combine it with other stuff, but to ensure that your premier experience with cannabis is a pleasurable one, don’t add anything else in the mix.
Create an Atmosphere
This segment is highly customizable since we’re all different, but there are some basic guidelines that need to be followed.
First of all, you shouldn’t be alone. As we mentioned before, smoking weed for the first time can be pretty intense. Therefore it’s always advisable to have a friendly face with you, preferably someone who had previous experiences with cannabis and can act as a guide.
The overall atmosphere plays a big role in your first weed experience.
Location is another crucial aspect. You should plan on getting high for the first time in a cozy and non-threatening environment. This is easily achieved in the comfort of your (or someone else’s) home.
Lastly, the overall ambiance plays a major role in your first weed experience. Turn your lights down low and play some relaxing down-tempo music of your choosing.
In regards to food, weed has a twofold effect. It greatly enhances our appetite, and more importantly, it makes everything taste truly amazing.
So, in order to be ahead of the curve, be ready to order something delicious, or just stock up on various snacks and sweets.
If everything goes as planned, you will probably be too high to cook. Luckily, there are countless services that will deliver some tasty chow right to your doorstep.
It’s important to note that weed-induced hunger doesn’t happen right after smoking, but usually requires an hour or more to hit.
One of the more frustrating effects of THC is that it temporarily “disables” the production of saliva in our mouth, which results in a very dry, pasty-like sensation.
This can be discomforting if you don’t have any liquids laying around, but if you have a refreshing beverage by your side, you’ll be as right as rain.
Some sources suggest that you should drink additional fluids before you smoke weed, but some people don’t find this to be particularly useful.
And remember, don’t drink any alcohol on your first attempt.
What Is It Like Smoking Weed for the First Time?
As we previously mentioned, people have a different sensitivity to cannabis. But despite that, there are a couple of things that you can expect.
First of all, you may cough a bit, especially if you’re not a smoker. Secondly, you’re probably going to feel a little overwhelmed, since it’s a completely new sensation that you’re experiencing.
Your heart may pump like crazy, but this effect lasts for only about 10 minutes, and it generally only happens to new users.
If you followed our guidelines on how much weed you should smoke (and how potent your weed should be), you’ll most likely avoid the “racing heart” effect.
The high itself is pretty difficult to describe, but you’ll definitely feel your mood changing, things will start getting funny, your thoughts will be all over the place, and you’ll probably feel a slight distortion of time.
If you followed our advice and made sure that you don’t end up smoking too much weed, these sensations shouldn’t be too intense. This will give you an opportunity to get acquainted with cannabis from a very comfortable standpoint.
In the unlikely event that you start feeling panicky or anxious, you can imagine all the people across the ages who smoked weed and absolutely nothing bad happened to them.
If this doesn’t help, you can also use a few household items to diminish your high.
Chewing a couple of black pepper balls is a known hack that helps people come down from a weed high, as well as lemon juice/lemon peel.
CBD oil is another substance that combats THC’s psychoactive effects.
You can also distract yourself by watching your favourite sitcom or something along those lines.
How Long Will the High Last?
If you smoked a miniscule amount of weed, the overall duration of the high won’t last longer than 60 minutes.
The duration of the high differs from person to person and will also depend on the amount of weed you smoked.
If you managed to get yourself considerably high, you can expect that it will last for about two hours.
This is another aspect that greatly differs from person to person, but it’s unlikely that a high from a joint will last for more than two hours.
Edibles, on the other hand, are a completely different beast. Their high lasts at least twice as long. But, as we already specified, you should avoid edibles until you have a bit more canna-experience under your belt.
When You Try to Smoke Weed for the First Time but Fail
This is a fairly common occurrence, and there are two potential reasons for this failure.
The first reason can be attributed to a lack of practical experience. You either weren’t inhaling properly, or you haven’t smoked enough.
If you failed on your first attempt, don’t lose hope and just try again. Make sure to inhale deeply, to really fill your lungs, and feel free to slightly increase your weed intake.
The second reason is more widespread, and it’s intricately connected to the way cannabis produces its psychoactive effect.
THC changes the way we feel by attaching to specific receptors in our brain. The overall amount of these receptors differs from person to person, and some people, unfortunately, have a genetic deficiency of these specialized receptors.
This lack of receptors is the sole reason why such individuals cannot get high on their first attempt, but there is an upside to all of this. Researchers figured out that exposure to THC causes the brain to create new receptors, which means if you’re persistent enough, the high will eventually happen.
It usually takes only several attempts before you start feeling the full power of cannabis, so just keep at it and you’ll get there.
The Circle Etiquette
This set of rules is essential if you end up smoking weed with people you don’t know, but they’re also applicable if you’re smoking in a circle of friends.
The code of conduct is fairly simple. When the joint reaches you, take a couple of puffs and quickly pass it along. You should also avoid talking too much while weed is in your possession, because others could view this as a sign of disrespect for the circle.
Pay some attention to how you’re smoking. Nobody likes other people’s saliva covering the joint – that’s downright gross. Just focus when you’re inhaling, and you’ll do fine.
Does Smoking Weed for the First Time Get You Addicted?
Since getting high is a very gratifying experience for most people, it’s possible that some weed users can potentially develop a habit of use.
But, unlike truly addictive substances like nicotine (or hard narcotics like cocaine and heroin), cannabis does not induce harsh withdrawal symptoms commonly associated with such substances.
The current view on cannabis and addiction is that a user cannot get addicted to weed in a full sense of the word, they can rather become dependent on it.
The main difference between ‘addicted’ and ‘dependent’ is that when a user abruptly stops using cannabis, there are no accompanying intense physiological and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that you should be smoking weed all day every day, but instead always strive to use cannabis responsibly and in moderation.
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