You have heard and read for a long time now the wonderful things about cannabis. You’re finally ready and bold enough to see what all the cannabis hype is all about and give it a try. But before you dive in and take your first puff, here are a few bits of advice you should know to do it safely and know what you’re getting yourself into.
How will Cannabis affect you?
First Time Cannabis affects everyone slightly differently the first time. Some people say that first time users don’t get high, and some it’s the best feeling they have ever experienced.
Cannabis effects are felt within several minutes to half an hour, this depends on how the cannabis was consumed. For cannabis newbies out there, here are some pointers that you will need to consider when starting out.
How will you consume it
Before getting high for the first time we suggest you ease your way into it. Don’t start with gravity bongs, dabs or pipes. Rather use a vape pen which produces a relaxing and less intense high than the traditional joint. Vaporizers produce a pure clean vapor, without any toxins, carcinogens or throat irritants that come from smoking.
Joints Blunts and Pipes
The most popular way of consuming cannabis is by smoking the dried flowers. Cannabis is rolled in paper often called joints or spliffs up to a gram of cannabis is normally used. A blunt is a joint rolled with a tobacco leaf wrapper rather than paper.
Bongs are used for smoking marijuana as well as other substances. The bong is filled with water which cools the smoke as it passes through. Taking a puff, toke or hit drives the smoke deep into the users lungs. This resulting smoke and the controlled exhale and inhale gives users a much faster and deeper high while using less marijuana.
If you are not a cigarette smoker or have never smoked before be prepared for the smoke effects. Coughing, raw throat, potential nausea, lightheadedness or dizziness are some of the potential unpleasant feelings first time cannabis users might experience.
Eating cannabis-infused foods is another way to get high. Edibles include foods such as brownies, cakes, butter, cookies or infused oil which you can add to recipes. If you want to avoid the harsh smoke from joints or pipes then edibles are a good option for you to try. Edibles have a long reaction time after being ingested this can range from 30 minutes to up to 1 to 2 hours before the cannabis starts kicking in.
Cannabis edibles are much more intense than vaping or smoking cannabis. This is because edibles make their way to the liver first where they are converted to a higher level 11-hydroxy-THC when compared to smoking or vaping.
Consuming too much edible cannabis can lead to negative side effects like paranoia, anxiety, and dizziness. Start with a small dose and wait for your body and metabolism to do it’s magic. Do not keep snacking on your edibles until you have given yourself sufficient time to start feeling the effects of the first dose. Only after you have waited long enough you can decide if you want to consume more.
What do I do if I over consume?
If you are feeling too high, your heart is racing, you feel overwhelmed, or uncomfortable from excessive cannabis consumption. Try to distract yourself Do Not Panic, find a calm quiet place where you can lie down, listen to music or take a bath. The sensations you are feeling will are temporary and should last no longer than a couple of hours. Sleeping it off if your able to is the best alternative.