The first encounter with cannabis is a special one. You are going to remember this experience forever. And you should always try to make it a good one. You can use cannabis for both recreational purposes and medical purposes. Many people consume medical cannabis to manage symptoms associated with various health conditions. These conditions include cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and many more. You just need a medical marijuana card in Huntington Beach to buy medical cannabis for your condition.

Now, cannabis affects everyone in a different way. And when you are smoking cannabis for the first time, you have no clue how it is going to affect you. Or how your body is going to react to cannabis. This is what makes it even more exciting. Chances are that you might not even feel anything after smoking cannabis, and that’s completely normal. Or you can get stoned and start tripping almost immediately. There are various factors that play a role in determining how cannabis is going to affect you. So, it is better to have no expectations from your first cannabis session. Because no matter what you expect, your first cannabis experience can always surprise you.

So, if you are planning to consume cannabis for the first time, here are a few tips that might help you. Go through these tips and keep them in mind for having a good experience with cannabis.

Tip 1. Drink water before you start smoking cannabis

Leaf of cannabis in the hand

Everyone is familiar with the importance of water in our lives. But it also plays a great role when it comes to smoking cannabis. One of the most common side effects of smoking cannabis is cottonmouth or dry mouth as most people call it. So, it becomes easy to understand why water can be helpful. Water will help you rehydrate and keep your mouth moist while you are enjoying your cannabis. What’s better than that? Pre-hydrating yourself, which means drinking water before you even start smoking cannabis.

You are smoking cannabis for the first time, so it is better to start with a low dosage and smoke a little. You should not be thinking about just jumping in the deep end and just keep smoking for hours. When you smoke a little, you also will not need to drink a lot of water before taking one spliff.

Now, this side effect associated with smoking cannabis is temporary, so there’s nothing for you to worry about. There are many cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. The one that causes psychoactivity is THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. It binds to cannabinoid receptors present in the submandibular glands. These glands are responsible for producing saliva in the mouth. So, when THC binds with these receptors, it signals to shut off the production of saliva. That is how people end up with cottonmouth or dry mouth. But as soon as the effects of THC are worn off from your system, everything will return to normal. And this side effect will disappear.

Tip 2. What to choose

You need to understand that this is your first time. So, it is better to take everything slow and start off small and see how it feels. You need to learn how your body is reacting to cannabis. 

When it comes to smoking cannabis, you can find a lot of different smoking options. These include –

  • Joints
  • Blunt bowls
  • Bongs
  • Vapes
  • More varieties of devices you find on the market

When smoking cannabis for the first time, you should keep things simple for yourself. That is why the best option for you is to share a joint with a friend. You probably do not know how to roll a joint yourself, so sharing a joint with an experienced friend will also help you with this issue. If you are smoking alone, you can take the help of the person working at the dispensary from where you are purchasing your cannabis. That person can roll a joint for you, and can even teach you for the future. It is important for you to tell the person that it is your first time.

Cannabis does not kick in immediately after smoking it. It can take a few minutes before you start feeling anything. But all that depends upon the strain you are consuming. The intensity of the effects, and the time taken for the effects to kick in, everything will vary according to what the potency of your strain is. You should wait for some time after your puff before you go in for the next one. This way you can figure out how you are feeling; whether there is any change in your mood, or are you feeling high, or are you feeling overwhelmed or calm. 

If you think that the effects have kicked in and you are feeling a bit uncomfortable, just pass the joint to your friend. Do not try to smoke more than what you can handle. Or you will have to deal with the negative side effects of too much cannabis.

Tip 3. Smoke with people you know and trust

Cannabis Store

You are smoking cannabis for the first time, and you have no idea how it is going to affect you. So, it would be a good thing if you are smoking with people that you know and trust. This will help you stay grounded if you start having a bad experience. These people will also be able to tell you when you have had enough and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by the effects. And hence you will not overindulge your first time.

Once you have gained some experience after some days, you’ll be able to understand how much your body can consume. You will feel more comfortable having a spliff without anyone else around. But for your first time, you should smoke with your friends. Another benefit of smoking cannabis with your friends is that it increases the fun of the session. Other than this, you can also discuss with them the effects that you are feeling. Sharing this experience with friends definitely increases the fun and enjoyment of it.

Tip 4. Music helps a lot

Whenever I sit with my friends to smoke cannabis, we start by playing some music in the background. And the first song that we listen to while smoking cannabis is “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd. This just gets you in the right mood, and that is what you need to enjoy your bud. If you are too stressed, you won’t be able to enjoy your cannabis to the fullest. The main goal is to just relax and chill out. So, if you think that listening to some music can get you in the mood.

Music is known to produce an emotive response in people. So, you should definitely choose to listen to some music that you enjoy for your first time smoking cannabis. This will make your experience more fun and enjoyable.