So, you’ve decided to try marijuana for the first time. Even better, you’ve decided to vaporize it. Smoking cannabis is the most popular way to consume it, but by vaping your cannabis you are getting more of those wanted cannabinoids. To ensure that you have the best experience possible, we’ve prepared a few tips. Follow these and you’ll have a better experience for your first time.
Where Do You Get Your Marijuana?
If you live in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, or Maine and you are 21 years of age, you can go to your local marijuana dispensary and buy it. Non-residents can travel to these states, but there are laws governing the amount that can be purchased. If you live in a medical marijuana state, as long as you have your medical marijuana card, you can purchase it at a medical dispensary. Remember, purchasing it is still illegal if you don’t live in one of these states.
2. Create A Comfortable Space
You definitely don’t want to be on edge when you’re smoking up for the first time. Constantly being worried about getting caught will just bring you down. So, go somewhere you’re comfortable. Bring some music – either an iPod, MP3 player, or other means of playing music. You might also want to bring a friend or two. It’s better if they’re veterans and not also noobs. Make sure you’re not going to be disturbed for a bit.
3. Plan Your Vaping Sessions Around Mealtime
The munchies are real. When you smoke or vape marijuana, you will probably start to feel hungry. What’s bad about this is that you tend to crave the worst foods possible during a smoke session – chips, candy, sweets, and fast food. For this reason, planning your first-time vape session around a mealtime can ensure that your munchies are taken care of by a meal. Preferably a balanced one with healthy ingredients and not fast food.
4. Smoking or Edibles For the First Time
Honestly, it is recommended that you smoke or vape your weed the first time. Eating a cannabis infused brownie takes time before the effects set in. Edibles also have a significantly stronger effect than smoked or vaporized marijuana. If you do decide to eat an edible, give it time to kick in before chowing down on that other brownie because you don’t feel anything. We recommend waiting at least an hour.
If you decide to vape, make sure that you have the appropriate vaporizer for your chosen cannabis – vape pens and mods are typically made specifically for dry herbs, oils, or concentrates. Make sure that you’re using the correct tank/cartridge if you’ve purchased a vape that is a 3-in-1 model.
5. Cannabis Strain Recommendations
Depending on what you want to feel, your cannabis strain selection might vary. If you want the cerebral high that offers a boost to creativity – choose a sativa. If you prefer the body high and want to feel relaxed and possibly sleepy – choose an indica. If you want a balanced high – choose a hybrid of the two. Talk to the employees at the dispensary and tell them what kind of high you want. They should be able to point out a good strain for you.
If it is your very first time, take one or two puffs. This is all that it should take for a first timer to feel the effects of marijuana. If you do not feel anything – give it about 20 minutes. If you are still not feeling anything – take another puff or two.
7. Vaporizing Temperatures for Cannabis
The ideal temperature for vaporizing your marijuana is 175 – 200°C (347 – 392°F). Lower temperatures release fewer cannabinoids and are ideal for those who want a more awake high. Go much higher than 400 degrees and you risk combusting your cannabinoids – meaning you won’t get them.
8. How Long Will The High Last?
You can expect your high to last between 2 to 4 hours. Edibles will produce a longer lasting high that might be more intense. Differing strains will also affect the length of your high. Because it can be unpredictable, make sure that you don’t have anywhere you have to be.
9. What Should You Expect to Feel The First Time?
Your mouth will get dry. You will feel hungry. Time perception alters – you may feel that time is passing more slowly. Also, this will also depend greatly on which strain you’ve chosen - discussed above – and your overall mood when you smoke. The amount you smoke will also affect this.
10. Do Not Smoke In Public Places
Even if you live in a legalized recreational state, there are still laws against smoking in public places. So, for this reason, make sure that you are at a private residence for your first smoke session.
There they are. Our ten tips for first-time marijuana smokers – or vapers. From where to get it to how much to smoke to the best vaping temperature, we hope to have answered some of your questions about your first time. Now just sit back and enjoy the feeling!
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