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Cannabis is enticing new users as the stigma surrounding the plant is lessened and people warm up to its effects and benefits. But, as with trying any new thing, there can be a risk of going overboard or having an unpleasant experience.
The same can be said with salt or hot sauce, you can always add more, you can never add less. This is why you’ll hear this phrase repeatedly when talking about cannabis- “start low and go slow”.
If you’re interested in trying cannabis or new to cannabis use, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure that your experience is always tailored to your desire.
Choose your strain
First, think of the experience you desire. If you’re looking for more of an uplifting effect or a daytime use strain, you might prefer Sativa. If you’re looking for something relaxing or for night-time use, an Indica will likely be your go-to. It’s important to be aware of the two different cannabis subspecies so you can better create the experience you want.
Secondly, you’ll want to pay close attention to the potency of the product. If you are a new user, you might want to keep your THC percentage in the low (0-10%) to medium (10-15%) range or look for a more balanced strain. With a balanced strain, the CBD present can help to counteract some of THC’s psychoactive effects.
Decide what method of consumption suits you
Smoking has the quickest onset and shortest impairment period, but some people are averse to smoking methods. This is where a vapourizer can come in handy, as it combusts the product without some of the potentially harmful by-products.
Oils are extremely easy to consume and have precise dosing, though they do come in at a higher price point. That being said, the oils typically do last for a very long time, depending on the frequency of use and dose.
Edibles are a popular way to consumer, but be advised, if you don’t know what the potency or dose of the edible is, new users beware. If dosing is clear, begin with a 10 mg dose and wait for the effects to kick in. The effects will take about an hour to kick and can last from 6-8 hours, which is much longer than smoking.
Start low and go slow
You’re probably picking up on this now. Once you’ve chosen your product and consumption method, you can begin to experiment to see what dose works best for your tolerance and desired effect. Remember the effects can take a while to feel the effect, and if it’s your first time smoking, you might not actually get high.
Remember to inhale, but also have some patience when experimenting with cannabis so you can dial in your perfect session.
Make sure you don’t need to drive anywhere or have any plans of operating a motor vehicle
You cannot operate a motor vehicle after consuming cannabis. Clear your schedule and take some me time.
Have your munchies
You will likely get hungry. Nothing wrong with that! For those who are health conscious, keep some easy-grab snack on hand so when the munchies hit, you’re prepared.
For those who just want to eat everything in sight, the world is your oyster my friends.
One of the side effects of cannabis consumption is dry-mouth, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink water before, during and after your session.
Know it will subside
If you have consumed a bit more than you were comfortable with, know it will subside. See our tips on what to do if you’ve consumed too much here. But just keep calm, get cozy and remember the effects will wear off.