These tips will make it a breeze
If this is the first time you are smoking weed, then you’ve probably read up on the topic thousands of times. What does it feel like? What will happen after you inhale? How stoned are you going to get? Well, in truth, no two people have the exact same experience, and that is the beauty of it.
Cannabis affects its users differently, and for some first-time smokers, it will have no effect on them at all. That is completely normal and extremely common. Others will get light-headed, while some may get completely stoned and start tripping. You might get the munchies, or maybe you’ll just fall asleep. It really depends on the strain, the amount you intake, and your mood.
If this is your first time smoking pot, then here are 5 essential tips to help you through the process and make it a pleasurable one.
1) Drink Water Before You Start
Cottonmouth, or dry mouth, is one of the most common side effects associated with smoking cannabis. It is a good idea to have a bottle of water nearby to rehydrate and keep your mouth moist. It is an even better idea to pre-hydrate before you start smoking. As it will be your first time smoking weed, you would be wise to smoke a little rather than jumping in the deep end and smoking for hours. So, accordingly, you won’t need to drink a ton of water in advance of smoking one spliff.
The cottonmouth caused by cannabis is only temporary and nothing to worry about. The main psychoactive cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant, i.e. tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is known to bind to cannabinoid receptors in the submandibular glands, whose function is to produce saliva in the mouth. THC causes the signal for saliva production to be shut off, and that’s why we end up with dry mouth.
Once the effects of the THC in our system has worn off, then everything returns to normal and the cottonmouth side effect disappears.
2) Edibles, Concentrates or a Plain Joint
If this is your first time, then it is advisable not to overindulge. It’s best to start off small and get a feel. Learn how your body reacts to weed.
There are loads of different smoking options, including joints, blunt bowls, bongs, vapes, and other varieties of devices on the market. For your first time, you should probably keep it simple and start by sharing a joint with a friend. Don’t try to roll it yourself as you will probably do it wrong. If your first time smoking weed will be with someone who has rolled a joint and smoked before, then let them roll it. If you are smoking with someone who is also a newbie, then you can ask someone you know and trust to roll it for you. Alternatively, you can ask the person working at the dispensary where you are purchasing the weed from to do it for you. Make sure to let them know that it’s your first time.
It’s important to be aware that weed won’t immediately affect you. It usually takes a few minutes – at least! – for the effects to kick in. Again, depending on the strain, the length of time it will take for the effects to take hold, and the intensity of the effects, will all vary according to the potency of the particular strain you are smoking.
It is not a good idea to start puffing on a spliff multiple times because you haven’t felt anything in the first thirty seconds. Take a couple of puffs and pass it on. Use the time in between, while you are waiting until it’s your turn to have a puff again, to gauge how you are feeling. Are you noticing any change in your mood? Do you feel high yet? More importantly, am I okay? Do I feel overwhelmed, or am I calm?
If the effects have kicked in and you feel in any way uncomfortable, simply pass when it’s your turn again to let any negative feelings dissipate.
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3) Don’t Smoke Alone
It is not a good idea to try out a mind-altering substance that you have no experience with on your own the first time you use it. With no prior experience, you have no idea how weed will affect you. Having someone there who is sensible and that you know and trust is advisable. They will help to keep you grounded if you have a bad experience and feel overwhelmed by the effects. Also, they hopefully will be able to tell you when you’ve had enough, too, so that you don’t overindulge your first time.
Down the line, when you have more experience smoking weed and know how it will affect you and are also aware of your limits, you will feel a lot more comfortable having a spliff on your own. Apart from all of the practical and sensible reasons for smoking weed with friends, you also can discuss with them how you are feeling during it, and they can tell you how they feel.
Try to make your first time smoking weed as enjoyable as possible. Having a friend, or a few friends, there to share the experience with you will make it a lot more fun.
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4) Music Does Help
To truly enjoy your bud, you have to be in the right mood. If you fall asleep, you are not going to have an enjoyable experience. If you’re too stressed, then again, you probably won’t enjoy it. The idea is to chill out and enjoy it. If there is a certain jive that you like to listen to that can get you in the mood, then go for it. Plus, it will add a whole new dimension to your experience.
As everyone knows, music produces an emotive response in people. Choose some music that you enjoy and that sets the tone nicely for your first time smoking weed. Opt for music that is easy to listen to and is upbeat. After a few tokes, you may find yourself singing along to whatever music is playing in the background. Music will help to make the experience more enjoyable, particularly when it is in the company of good friends.
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5) The Comedown
Thankfully, the comedown isn’t as bad as a terrible hangover. You might feel a little bit sleepy, so it’s best to smoke in the evening before you go to bed. Don’t fret about being overtired – this is a common thing, and it does wear off. Sometimes after smoking weed, you can have cottonmouth the following morning, depending on how much you have smoked of course. As mentioned above, pre-hydrating and drinking plenty of water in between puffs will help to lessen the cottonmouth effect.
Final Thoughts on Smoking Weed for the First Time
Hopefully, by following the five tips above, your first time smoking weed will be a memorable one for all the right reasons. Aim to keep it as light-hearted, fun, and as relaxed an experience as possible. It is better to share the experience with close friends, preferably with people who have smoked weed before. If they have, then they will be able to roll the joint for you and add only a little bit of weed to ease you in gently to the experience.
Drink plenty of water, either before or in between smoking. Choose some easy listening music to help create the right ambiance for the occasion. Surround yourself with good friends. Be sensible, don’t overindulge, and of course, enjoy the experience.
Remember to treat marijuana like your significant other. If you love them right, they’ll return the favor in full!