Smoking cannabis is an art form in itself. It’s unique to every person and the effects can vary. For this reason, new cannabis users should be familiar with the plant before they start consuming. This will help you make marijuana consumption a good experience and avoid any unnecessary mistakes.
Choosing the Right Strain
You’ve probably heard the words Indica and Sativa being thrown around somewhere, but what do they actually mean? Well, they are the two major types of cannabis plants, and they have a different range of effects, both on the body and the mind.
Indica strains are known for their mellow high and deep body relaxation and can help with your insomnia or anxiety. Sativa strains, on the other hand, provide a more energetic and creative high which is perfect for socializing.
For new users, we recommend starting with a hybrid, a mix between the two. An Indica-leaning hybrid will relax your body, while still stimulating your brain and prevent you from falling asleep too soon.
Choose Your Cannabinoid
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid system, a complex network of receptors that support essential functions in our body. Cannabis plants have more than 100 different cannabinoids, with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) being the most common.
Chemically, these two are almost exactly the same – the only difference is just a single atom. Their effects, however, are very different. These two cannabinoids interact differently with our body’s receptors, and therefore produce different effects.
THC provides psychoactive effects, whereas CBD offers various health benefits. Contrary to popular belief, THC has a lot of medical benefits, but CBD is becoming increasingly popular as it provides all the same benefits without the psychoactive effects.
Start Low, Go Slow
A common mistake many new smokers make is trying to smoke a whole joint at once. With marijuana nowadays averaging THC levels of 15-18%, you’re bound to overdo it with a whole joint. Instead, start slowly with one or two puffs and wait to see how you feel. If you still don’t feel any effects after 10 minutes, take a couple more puffs.
Also, for first-time smokers it’s best to take very small hits to avoid coughing or burning your throat.