First Time Smoking Weed: Why Didn’t I Get High?
Tuesday August 13, 2019
E ver have that friend that says they just can’t get high? Maybe you were that person that couldn’t get stoned their first time. Or, if you’re like me, you got so high your first time that it is difficult to comprehend how someone can’t get high off cannabis. For anyone frustrated or confused by this early-stage consumption phenomenon, consider the points below. They may apply to you or someone you know.
Your Body May Not Allow You to Get High Initially
Keep in mind that cannabis affects everyone differently and the high a person experiences can and likely will vary by person. Factors can include a person’s height, weight and metabolism. Think about how a larger-sized person probably needs to consume more alcohol to feel drunk or ingest more food to feel full. The physical makeup of a person will often be the culprit if physical limitations are what’s holding them back from experiencing THC. In other cases, however, additional internal factors can alter one’s experience. This includes any issues relating to a person’s hormones as well as their serotonin and dopamine levels.
In 2014, a study pointed towards the naturally producing hormone pregnenolone as a counter effect to THC. In the report, it states that the hormone “can protect the brain from cannabis intoxication.” If the person continues to not feel the effects of THC consumption after a few times, they may want to consider visiting a physician for further answers.
You May Be Consuming Cannabis Wrong
If a person doesn’t get high the first time, those around them may suggest that they try a different approach to smoking. One of the more common mistakes new consumers make is treating cannabis like cigarettes. While they may appear similar, their consumption methods are rather different. Namely, nicotine is held in the mouth by the user. Whereas with cannabis, it is recommended that the person inhale the smoke right into their body without holding it in their mouth.
Also, consider how the cannabis is being consumed. If the person doesn’t feel the effects of the smoke in a few minutes, then the person may need to explore some of the other reasons on this list. However, with edibles, vaping and other methods of consumption, it is best to keep in mind that the onset effects vary, sometimes taking around two hours to kick in. This is especially true with edibles. Don’t be like comedian Jason Mantzoukas and his first time getting high using cannabutter (see video above).
You May Have Bad Weed
Not all cannabis is created equal. Today’s crops of cannabis are more likely to range in the teens to mid-30s when it comes to THC potency. This sharp increase in marijuana potency should ensure that every person gets high every time, right? In theory, yes. But several factors may have made that seemingly fire strain rather extinguished by the time you light it up. Starting with the producer, they could have a contaminated crop. That means anything from a leaky roof allowing rainwater onto the plant to miscategorized flower all potentially ruining a high.
Even if a person receives high-quality flower, that does not mean the strain will retain its quality over time. If left exposed to the elements, cannabis can degrade and deteriorate. As such, it is essential to store flower in a cool, dark container that does not allow air into the packaging.
A reliable storage method won’t protect flower forever, either. Just like everything other than honey, cannabis has an expiration date. Once that date passes or is exposed to enough UV light, the THC and THCA in the plant can convert to other cannabinoids, namely CBN and CBNA. While these cannabinoids won’t harm a person, they may have them experiencing different effects than expected. This could potentially result in a person thinking they aren’t high.
You May Need to Smoke More
The “start low, go slow” method is a wonderful concept in cannabis. Basically, begin with a low dosage of marijuana, whether smoking, eating or what have you, wait 30 minutes to an hour to gauge the effects. If a person isn’t feeling the high the first time around, then a second round may be in order. If so, they can take an equal or slightly larger hit and gauge how it affects them. No need to go overboard if the first time didn’t do the trick. Continue at the same levels of consumption, or incrementally up the levels being consumed. No need to go all in if the first round doesn’t produce the ideal results.
You May Have CBD Flower
It’s highly doubtful this is the case, but smoking CBD flower definitely won’t lead to anyone getting high for the first time. Sure, they’ll likely feel some effects, but not like THC can provide. If a person says they are looking to get high and they have Charlotte’s Web or ACDC, then you may need to give them a small bit of difficult news. Conversely, in states where cannabis is still illegal, black market dealers have been known to “cut” cannabis flower with CBD flower in an effort to make extra profits.
Keep in mind that cannabis exploration should be fun. Save for a physical limitation, in due time a person is almost assured to find what dosage and method of consumption is the best way for them to get high. Safe consumption is always advised as well. Be sure to use extra caution if you find yourself unable to get high right away. Don’t get frustrated and overdo it. Keep on exploring and slowly scaling up if need be. The high will come, and when it does it will be that much more worthwhile.
Did you get high your first time consuming cannabis? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting High From Weed
So, you’ve been smoking weed but not getting high. Don’t worry – you’re certainly not the first. There are several reasons why someone might not get high and I’m going to cover all the ones I know of in the article.
Once you’ve read the article let me know what you think in the comment section below. If you know any reason’s or remedies I didn’t mention please let us all know.
If it’s your first time smoking then it is certainly possible to not get high. In fact, it takes some people multiple times to get the effect. I personally didn’t feel high until my 3rd time smoking. If you’re new to smoking then you sometimes just have to give it a little bit of time. Why does this occur? Well, there are several theories:
- It’s possible that you aren’t smoking correctly since you’re new to this. For this reason, make sure you read the rest of the article. Not inhaling properly is a common reason, and it’s covered in the next section. If everything else in this article aligns correctly then it’s possible it could be one of these other theories for first-timers not getting high.
- Weed contains cannabinoids that react with cannabinoid receptors throughout out brains and the rest of our bodies for that matter. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids but at very low levels. Some believe that it takes a few times of cannabis use in order to fully activate your receptors.
- Lastly, it could be more of a psychological hindrance. That is, you may be overthinking the process and/or anxious about the situation which is causing you to have a mental block on the experience. Just try to relax and enjoy it.
2. Not Inhaling Properly
If you’re smoking or vaping weed then inhaling is absolutely crucial to get the effects. At first, inhaling is going to be a bit uncomfortable for new smokers, but it gets easier over time. Just start off with really small hits. It’s better to properly inhale a small hit than to take a big hit that goes to waste with improper technique.
The simple explanation is to get smoke in your mouth then take a slow deep breath. Remember: you’re inhaling smoke into your lungs – not swallowing it into your stomach. If your stomach hurts or you burp up smoke then you likely swallowed the smoke instead of inhaling it.
You do not have to hold it in like many people think. This is a myth. Once it’s inhaled into your lungs your good to go ahead an exhale. Holding for an extra 5-10 second is going to have little to no impact on your experience.
If the simple explanation didn’t quite do it for you then don’t worry. I have already written out a more detailed explanation of inhaling in one of my other articles which you can check out by clicking here.
3. Bad Weed Quality
The quality of your weed is going to play a major role in your ability to get high. Don’t get me wrong – you can still get high from lesser weed. You just have to smoke more of it. This is talked about in a bit more detail in the next section.
So, how do you know if the quality of your weed is good or not? If you’re new to this it’s best to rely on a friend who is a bit more experience to help you procure your herb. I do realize, however, this is not always possible so here are a few quick things that anyone can use to help identify quality:
- Does it have seeds? You may get a random seed every now and then with good weed but if you start finding lots of seeds it’s not going to be great quality. Seeds occur when male plants are not removed from the growing area. This shows the plants were not strictly cared for. Also, it takes energy and nutrients from the plant to grow seeds, so anytime you see a seed it’s lost potential for the herb.
- Look for crystally structures around the herb. Do you see little white crystal looking things? Those are trichomes and they contain THC and other cannabinoids so they’re a good sign of weed quality.
- Is it sticky? Not all good weed is super sticky but a high resin content is usually a good sign when the weed sticks to your fingers.
- Smell. Break open a bud and give it a nice big sniff. Different strains will have different small ranging from piney to fruity and everything in between. A strong and pungent smell without any moldy odors is often a good sign.
Unless It’s Been Tested For THC Content You Really Don’t Know
Let me tell you a little story from my college days. I used to get herb from a guy who always had great stuff. I never had a problem until this one batch. The batch looked absolutely gorgeous. A beautiful purple hue was woven together with luscious flowing red hairs. It smelled divine.
I was beyond excited to give it a try. I loaded it up in a pipe and took a nice big hit. It tasted amazing. So, what’s the problem? It didn’t get me high no matter how much I smoked. It was the most frustrating experience ever. Here I had some terrific looking, smelling, and tasting weed that just would not get me high.
I really have no idea why happened to the weed to render it in such condition. Perhaps an error was made in the growing process. It could have also been the strain. Maybe he got a CBD strain without realizing it. I’ll probably never know. All I can do is offer this tale of caution to anyone buying weed that hasn’t been tested to verify it contains the desired amount and type of cannabinoids.
4. Not Smoking Enough
This is always a possibility, but honestly, it’s not normally the cause of contention in these cases. Of course, if you only take a few small hits and don’t get high then there’s your problem, but this tends to be an obvious solution for people.
It’s usually a quality problem in these cases. If you have low-quality weed to start with then you’re going to need to smoke more of it. If you’re starting with good weed and you don’t smoke regularly then you should be feeling high off of 3-4 hits.
5. Method of Consumption
There are lots of ways to smoke – pipes, bongs, joints, blunts, vaporizers, and the list goes on. Sometimes first-timers use a method that doesn’t work well for them. For most early smokers I recommend joints. They’re just simple. No carb. No relighting. No batteries. Just paper and herb. BUT, if you’ve tried only joints and it’s not working for you then you may want to try something else like a pipe.
I also hear of some people having trouble getting high off vaporizers. This could be due to a defective unit or one that is set at the wrong temperature. If your health allows, try smoking instead of vaping. You could also try edibles.
The idea is simply to mix up what you’re doing with a new method of consumption.
6. Medical Condition
I’m not going to go too deep into this section because I’m not a doctor. If you have a medical condition then you should really be consulting a physician on these matters and not some random blog you found through a google search. With that said, some people with severe medical conditions claim to not feel high after smoking, but rather they feel normal.
This goes along with the notion that feeling high can be very different things to different people. Just because your high doesn’t manifest itself in the same way as someone else doesn’t mean you’re broken.
Before we move on I do want to take a moment to talk about the pregnenolone hormone, which is kinda fascinating. A study published in 2014 showed the hormone pregnenolone acted as a blocker for THC in lab rats. This mean, if your body produces high levels of pregnenolone it could possibly be naturally blocking the THC from interacting with your body.
7. Tolerance is Too High
If you’re new to smoking then this is not going to be the case for you.
The more frequently you smoke the higher your tolerance is going to build up. Over time, your tolerance may get to the point that it’s very difficult to get high without smoking an exorbitant amount. In this case, it may be time for a tolerance break. Essentially, a tolerance break is when someone takes a break from smoking in order to lower their tolerance down to a reasonable level.
If you want to read more about tolerance breaks you can check out this article I wrote on the subject. The comment section is really great on that article so make sure you check it out.
Lastly, I want to mention strain tolerance. This occurs when you’ve been smoking the same strain for a long time. If this is the case then try switching to a different strain.
Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this article then here are a few of my other articles you may enjoy:
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