Congratulations on deciding to try cannabis! Whether this is your first time, or you’re returning from a long hiatus and could use a refresher, here are a few things to keep in mind so that your experience with cannabis is a pleasant one!
It doesn’t take very long for your lungs to absorb cannabis. Taking in enormous hoots and holding in your smoke can lead to breathing troubles. Several shallow inhales and quick exhales will produce a greater effect than taking one huge toke and holding it in. If it’s your first time, take just one or two puffs at five minute intervals until the desired effect is reached.
Vaporizers are much better for your lungs than smoking. Get a vaporizer with a wide range of temperature settings so you can find what works best for you. Most people find the “sweet spot” to be between 225°F and 375°F. You can find more on how to set your vaporizer here.
Ingesting cannabis as edibles produces a more potent and longer lasting effect than inhalation. If using edibles, remember: Start LOW, Go SLOW. I recommend a begginner’s dose of 5-10mg THC. Edibles take longer to kick in, so try eating half your treat and waiting an hour to judge the effects before eating the other half.
Different Strains (aka Cultivars)
Different cultivars or “strains” of cannabis can produce effects that range from stimulating to sedative. This is mostly because of compounds called “terpenes” that control how cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) behave once ingested. Sample tiny amounts of unfamiliar cultivars and see how you react in order to avoid undesirable effects.
Getting Too High
Eating too much cannabis, mixing cannabis and alcohol, or using strong extracts can cause anxiety, intestinal discomfort, and disorientation. Don’t panic, stay hydrated, eat something, and find a safe place where you feel comfortable. The effects will wear off in 2-8 hours. Ingesting some extra CBD may also help tone down the effects of ingesting too much THC.
Cannabis may relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety in some people, while making them worse for others. Cannabis may trigger the onset of schizophrenia in those predisposed to the condition. This can vary based on cultivar, dosage, and individual biochemistry. If you have a history of mental illness, please carefully consider the potential risks of using cannabis.
Cannabis may impair things like your coordination and reaction time, this is especially pronounced in novice and occasional users, or after increasing your dosage. If impaired by cannabis, please avoid driving or engaging in other potentially dangerous activities for at least 3 hours after inhaling or 8 hours after eating cannabis.
These tips were published and distributed with the help of Florida Dispensary Guide