If you’re a newbie to the world of cannabis, welcome! I know this may seem like a strange place to you right now, but it’s actually quite an exciting one. And we’re here to make sure you have everything you need to start your journey safely and confidently. We know that starting any kind of routine can be scary (especially if it involves some form of mind-altering substance), which is why we want to offer up some advice for navigating your first experience with cannabis in a way that feels safe and comfortable for everyone involved. So let me break down some things that will help!
Start with a CBD product.
CBD is a compound in cannabis that does not cause you to feel high. CBD is quite useful for anxiety, sleep, and pain management. It also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD can be used to treat seizures, cancer, anxiety disorders and more.
Stay patient and hydrated.
It is estimated that the average adult takes between 3-10 puffs per minute, depending on how big your lungs are and how much you're smoking. If you're new to cannabis, it's best to start with a low dose and work your way up slowly until you find what works for you.
If after an hour or two of smoking pot it doesn't seem like anything has happened yet, don't be discouraged! Sometimes even seasoned smokers don't feel any effects after smoking for hours at a time. The reason for this is because THC takes longer than other cannabinoids (like CBD) to get into your bloodstream through the lungs and brain via inhalation (the fastest route). So if there aren't many other cannabinoids in your strain besides THC, then expect a slower onset time than usual.
Just talk to the staff.
There are a few things you should know about cannabis and the people who work in dispensaries. The first is that, generally speaking, they’re not there to judge you or tell on you to anyone. They are trained experts who can help guide you through the process of deciding what kind of product will suit your needs best.
The second thing is that it’s okay if this is all new to you: most customers have questions about what they're looking at and how it works, so don't be afraid to ask! It's also okay if this isn't your first time buying weed—there's something new every time we go back in because there will always be new products available (and sometimes old ones come back!). Don't worry about being judged by someone else who might think "Oh my god I've been doing this for years." If anything, they'll probably just appreciate how excited and interested they see in others coming into their store!
Don’t be afraid to start low, then go slow.
Before you take your first toke, consider starting off with a small amount of cannabis. If you feel comfortable with the effects, try taking another hit and see how that feels.
If you’re still feeling good after a few hits, then great! But if things start to feel too intense and uncomfortable for you, back off and relax for a minute or two before trying again. You can always smoke more later if it doesn’t work at first.
If even more time has passed since your initial experience with weed and it seems as though nothing has changed, I would recommend going home (if possible) and sleeping it off—your tolerance level will most likely increase after consuming marijuana over time because of its cannabinoids stimulating the CB1 receptors in the brain which causes them to build up in numbers until they reach an equilibrium within their respective networks; this process varies from person-to-person depending on genetics but usually takes around 1 hour per year of use (or less if consumed regularly).
If you get too high, remind yourself that it’s temporary.
If you get too high, remind yourself that it’s temporary. The effects of cannabis last for a few hours, but they eventually wear off.
If you take more cannabis than expected and become uncomfortable or anxious, don’t panic. You can always take more to counteract the anxiety—but only do so if you feel comfortable with it!
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Be responsible with edibles.
When you’re new to cannabis, it's important to be responsible when it comes to edibles. Edibles can take a long time for their effects to kick in, sometimes as long as two hours after consumption. This is why it’s critical that you start with small doses and only eat what you know is safe for your body size and tolerance level.
Never eat an entire edible at once—not even if you're having second thoughts about trying the product! You may also want to take your time after eating an edible and wait for its effects before consuming more. If it doesn't feel like anything is happening, don't panic: just wait longer.
Try different consumption methods.
There are lots of ways to consume weed, and all of them can be enjoyable. The most popular methods include smoking it in a joint or bong, consuming edibles (foods containing cannabis), drinking it in tea or coffee, rubbing it on your skin with lotions and creams, and applying it through tinctures (placing the weed in alcohol).
Each method has its pros and cons: some are more discreet but less potent; others are more potent but harder to control. If you’re new to cannabis use—and especially if you plan on using regularly—it’s worth experimenting with different kinds of consumption until you find a method that works best for your personality and preferences.
Always remember, you are your own best advocate!
You are your own best advocate. The only person who can truly know what’s right for you is…you!
It’s important to remember that self-care is key when it comes to cannabis, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Don't be afraid to say no, or yes; don't be afraid of change either way. Don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion from someone who may know more about this topic than you do! In fact, I recommend that all my patients do just that with any new treatment plan they start using cannabis as part of their wellness regimen.
Cannabis is a personal practice, don’t be afraid to learn and explore what works best for you!
Cannabis is a personal practice, don’t be afraid to learn and explore what works best for you. Cannabis is not a one size fits all product. It can help you relax, stay healthy and feel better by providing relief from pain or stress. It can also help with sleep problems, improve your mood and enhance creativity. There are many different strains of cannabis that have different effects on the body so it’s important to find out which ones work best for your needs before trying them out!
As we said, the best way to learn about cannabis is to start with a CBD product. It’s a great way to get acclimated and comfortable with the effects of cannabis before diving into edibles, vaping or smoking—which can all be quite intense if you aren’t prepared for them! Once you know how much THC impacts your body and mind, you can start exploring other consumption methods that work better for you personally.