How to Smoke Weed for the First Time: Myths & Tips
Your first time smoking weed can be a daunting task. Like drinking your first beer or driving for the first time, it’s intimidating and a totally new experience. Luckily, you’re not alone. Your first time getting high is an exciting moment and we want to make it the best experience possible. Everyone has to start somewhere, so this article is here to help you step by step and answer any questions you might have!
Determine Your Marijuana Consumption Method
There are seemingly endless methods to use when you’re smoking pot for the first time, so it’s hard to know which one to choose. We suggest purchasing a pre-rolled joint or blunt from a dispensary. These two options are great because they’re so simple to light up and easy to control how much you consume. If you don’t have access to pre-rolled items, you can quickly learn how to roll the perfect joint or ask a friend.
Alternatively, edibles or vape pens can be great methods for your first time getting high. Edibles come in many different forms and doses, so it’s important to do your research before purchasing. We recommend taking it easy and consuming a small dose to start. Vape pens are also an easy way to control your intake to avoid smoking too much.
Now that you’ve determined how you want to consume, you’re ready to purchase some cannabis! To begin, find a dispensary near you. If you’re able to visit a dispensary, order ahead or get it delivered, let a budtender (similar to a bartender) know that you’re new to smoking and they will help get you set up with the right products. We recommend buying a sativa strain for a more upbeat high to start.
Grab Your Friends (& Some Water)
We don’t suggest you smoke weed alone for the first time. This might seem obvious, but who you surround yourself with can really affect your first time getting high. We recommend being with close friends you trust and have preferably smoked before. They’ll help calm any nerves and make you more comfortable. Also, be sure to grab some water to help with dehydration and to avoid getting a dry mouth (commonly referred to as cottonmouth).
Now that you’re all set to go, light up and take a deep breath before slowly exhaling. After a few minutes, you may feel the THC set in, while also feeling lighter, euphoric and possibly a bit tired. These are totally normal and part of the fun! Remember, depending on how you consume (joint vs. edibles), effects will differ based on how cannabis is absorbed into the body. In general, clear your schedule and prepare to feel high for feel high for 1-3 hours (or longer if you consume edibles). If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to pass on the blunt or joint the next time it comes around to you. The best thing you can do is be open-minded to the experience and put all worries aside.
First Time Smoking Weed Tips, Questions & Myths
So you’ve read all of the information out there, but are still nervous about getting high for the first time. Don’t worry, that’s totally normal and completely okay! Over the years, there have been plenty of exaggerations when it comes to marijuana and its effects. We’re here to shed some light on the myths about your first time smoking weed and any questions you might have!
Do You Get High the First Time You Smoke Weed?
This question has probably been asked a million times – and the answer isn’t an easy “yes” or “no.” Many people would say their first time smoking weed is not the same as their first time getting high. But why is this? While there’s no exact scientific answer, we think it boils down to the improper inhalation of the drug. Often first-time consumers do not breathe in deeply enough for the psychotropic (mind-altering) effects to set in. To help prevent this, try to inhale as deeply as you can before exhaling. You can always take a few more hits if you need to.
Will I Get the Munchies the First Time Smoking Weed?
Most likely. Getting the munchies depends on whether or not you get high, but a common side-effect of smoking weed is an increase in hunger. This is caused by the THC which is a component of marijuana that gets you high. THC causes your brain to release the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates stimulates hunger, so be sure to have your favorite foods on hand to satisfy those munchies!
How to Smoke a Joint for the First Time
Though it may be intimidating, smoking a joint is quite easy. After you’ve lit the end, inhale slowly and deeply to hold on to the smoke before exhaling. Don’t worry if you start coughing – it’s natural and usually means you got a good hit! Keep in mind that the effects won’t be instantaneous. Take a puff or two and pass it to your friend. This will give you some time to see how you’re feeling.
Myth: Smoking Marijuana is Addictive
This one’s complicated. While significant marijuana consumers may develop dependencein severe cases, the drug is not known to be immediately addictive. Our advice is to be mindful of how often you smoke and how it’s affecting your life.
Myth: I Can Overdose on Weed
The good news is you cannot lethally overdose from smoking weed alone. In fact, it would take 15,000 pounds of marijuana consumed in 15 minutes to die from marijuana consumption (which is physically impossible). This being said, it is possible to feel too high from the overconsumption of weed. If this happens, you can check out our guide to sobering up quickly to coming down easily.
Have you tried weed for the first time? What was your experience like? If you have more tips to share for future first-timers, leave them in the comments below!
Your first time smoking weed can be a daunting task. Like drinking your first beer or driving for the first time, it’s intimidating and a totally new experience. Luckily, you’re not alone. Your first time getting high is an exciting moment and we want to make it the best experience possible. Everyone has to start somewhere, so this article is here
How to Smoke Weed, for People Who Have Never Smoked Weed
Learning to use cannabis well is an underrated life skill. Smoking circles are a fast and easy way to make friends, and they’re way more intimate than dollar beer night at the trashy local bar. It’s no wonder 22 million or so American adults use cannabis monthly, according to a 2015 study, and a June survey found that daily use is on the rise. It’s the third most popular mind-altering substance in the country, after booze and nicotine.
Despite the persistent march toward legalization, about 87 percent of weed in North America was purchased on the black market, according to a 2016 survey. That means most of cannabis culture looks different based on the rules and regulations implemented by different states. Whether buying from an authorized dispensary or a friend’s cousin’s weed guy, there are real risks that come with your first experience with pot. They range from simply getting ripped off with weak product to health issues to serious punishment. Here are a few tips that will keep you safe, happy, and maximize your enjoyment.
Learn the local laws
As with any legally ambiguous activity, it’s important to understand the law of the land before potentially breaking it. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be if something goes wrong. “Even states where weed is legal have strict rules about how it’s bought, sold, grown, and consumed,” says Tim Johnson, veteran law enforcement officer and the founder of Ohio-based security firm Cannabis Safety First.
Why Some People Can’t Handle Their Weed
US weed prohibition laws have changed in spurts since Oregon first decriminalized the plant in 1973, so they’re inconsistent state-by-state, Johnson explains. The federal government still considers cannabis to be a Schedule 1 drug, even though eight states and Washington D.C. say it’s legal for recreation and 30 for medical use. Legalization doesn’t mean everyone can buy, smoke, or grow on a whim. In California, for example, it’s illegal for anyone under 21 to buy weed. Even those of age can only purchase an ounce per day of flower and eight grams of concentrated oil. Johnson advises looking up whether your state has laws against certain types of paraphernalia, as well.
Brandon L. Wyatt, Esq., an army veteran and Howard University School of Law alum who serves on the board of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, points out that the ramifications of getting caught can go beyond fines and jail time. “Cannabis use can have an effect on your federal entitlements,” he tells VICE. For example, you can be evicted from a public housing project or military barracks for possessing cannabis, even if you have a medical card. Private landlords and employers also reserve the right to evict residents or fire employees for consuming cannabis, even in states where it’s legal.
“Even though it’s a great thing, it still requires a level of discretion. Don’t post publicly about it on social media. You are not protected,” says Wyatt.
In states where recreational cannabis isn’t legal, understanding the different patterns of enforcement is key. Earlier this month, New York City stopped arresting people for smoking weed in public, opting instead for a court summons and a $100 fine. Statistics also show that cops treat cannabis possession very differently depending on race. The ACLU reports cannabis use is “roughly equal among Blacks and whites, yet blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested” for possession.
It’s not as fun as getting stoned, but researching local laws and police behavior in your community will make your high safer and sweeter. “Even the first time you take a J, you have to answer some of these questions for yourself, or at least be at peace them,” says Wyatt. “Because you can lose your job. You can lose your housing, you can lose your federal benefits. And if you’re a minority, you need to be extra careful, discrete, and informed. It’s about the more you know.”
If the above hasn’t seen you abandon the quest, the first step to getting high is finding a reliable connect. Tony Greenhand, an artist who makes a living selling custom smokeable sculptures and who rolled a joint that was at one point the largest in the world, recommends finding the highest quality bud possible for your first experience. “It can be tempting to buy a cheaper or weaker alternative,” he said in an email, but that’s a rookie move. “More often than not, a cheaper option has had something go wrong in the growing process or curing process. This is most true of weed found on the black market. A cheaper black market option may contain pesticides, mold, bugs or debris.”
When buying the not-so-legal stuff, it’s important to find a safe, honest and competent dealer. Ask around and find one who is trusted by people you trust. Whether you’re at a dispensary, buying from a neighborhood dealer, you can vet weed from someone you don’t know with a few simple questions. Greenhand says you shouldn’t be afraid to ask the name of the strain, where it was grown, and if it has been tested for mold and pesticides. The most important thing is that the person supplying the drugs is dependable.
When you’re buying weed for the first time, the salesperson will categorize it with three different labels that refer to its effect: indica, sativa, and hybrid. Indicas have a depressive, physical effect that can melt you into the couch. Sativas are psychoactive, cause trippy visuals, and act as stimulants. Hybrids combine the effects of both, though often lean more in one direction than the other. There are tons of online resources for learning about different strains, so feel free to look up what your dealer is offering for more info.
If you’re the type who spends days doing research to find the perfect headphones, buy from a shop that lists the level of cannabinoids and terpenes in each strain. Cannabinoids are the active compound in cannabis, and terpenes are the chemicals responsible for that dank aroma. Some people will tell you that a strain is strong because of its high levels of THC, but balancing cannabinoids and terpenes is more useful for measuring the type of high.
The first time you buy, Greenhand recommends purchasing as little as possible. “If you don’t want to smoke a lot, don’t buy a lot,” he says. “Your first time you shouldn’t need more than a gram. Just remember that cannabis can take some time to reach its full effect so take your time and you should be fine.” Even for the pros, there’s such a thing as too much weed.
If you’ve just been offered a hit of something by a friend, ask what strain you’re dealing with. If it’s an indica, take it easy unless you’re comfortable turning into a puddle where you stand. If it’s a sativa, make sure you don’t need to operate heavy machinery or sign any legal documents for a few hours.
Now that you’ve acquired the weed, it’s time to smoke it. Both Greenhand and Wyatt stress that it’s best to pick a familiar, private location for your first time. “Don’t be somewhere that’s going to cause you paranoia,” says Wyatt. Surround yourself with people you know and feel comfortable around. Going to concerts, theme parks, and festivals stoned can be fun, but best to avoid the first go around. The same goes for mixing alcohol, cigs, and other drugs with weed. Let yourself learn what a cannabis high feels like on its own.
Next, choose a method. Greenhand suggests first-timers use a small pipe, since they’re cheap, easy to find, and easy to use. Most gas stations and smoke shops throughout the country have them regardless of cannabis laws, though glass pipes are illegal in some states. In a pinch, you can make a pipe out of just about anything, but Greenhand recommends avoiding DIY at first.
Greenhand says vaping the flower is also a good method for first-timers. It’s more expensive and may require ordering the rig online, but the experience is gentler since the cannabis doesn’t combust. Others argue that the humble joint is the best way to smoke, but if you’re inexperienced it can be difficult to roll one.
Don't start with edibles.