Cannabis is the most popular drug in America today. According to a survey by Pew Research Center, four out of ten people have tried it at least once in their lifetime. However, there are many different ways to consume cannabis and not all of them are the best. This blog post will go over a few of the various methods of consumption including edibles, vaporizers, and smoking.
However, more than this, first-time cannabis consumers might not be aware that there are things that you could do that could make the experience not so pleasant. On the flip side of the coin, there are also things that you could do to make it even better. If you are a new cannabis consumer and would like to know what might influence your experience when consuming marijuana, here are a few things that you should be aware of.
Choosing the Wrong Consumption Method
The very first thing that you should be aware of when consuming marijuana is that the consumption method that you choose makes a big difference in terms of how it affects your experience. This is because different consumption methods produce different effects, and have different onset times and durations.
If you are looking to feel the effects of marijuana quickly, and not have them last all that long, then edibles would not be the way to go. For this you would choose smoking, using a joint, or a bong, which can easily be found at online stores like DankStop, or vaping cannabis. Marijuana edibles have an onset of between one to two hours, and a duration of between 6 to 8 hours.
Consuming Too Much
The next thing that you should pay attention to when consuming marijuana is how much you choose. Contrary to the popular belief of many of those who are beginners of marijuana, not all marijuana is the same. This means that there are different strains of marijuana, and each strain has different levels of THC and CBD.
If you are new to marijuana, then you most likely haven’t built any tolerance. If you consume too much, you might end up having a bad trip, which is categorized with emotions such as paranoia, fear, discomfort, and more. Always start slow and work your way to larger amounts as you build tolerance.
Not Cleaning Your Equipment
This is a mistake that even seasoned users of marijuana make, which is not keeping your equipment clean. Not cleaning your equipment can affect your experience in many ways; not having a great taste, having harsh hits, and the marijuana itself not being consumed effectively.
For example, if you have a dry herb vaporizer and you are not cleaning the chamber, this can result in the cannabis not vaporizing as it should, as well as the atomizer working harder than it needs to, reducing the battery life. This is particularly common in dry herb vaporizers that use conduction as a heating method since the cannabis needs to make contact with the chamber, and this doesn’t happen if the chamber is coated with resin and chunks of old marijuana from previous sessions.
Not Preparing Snacks
One thing that happens when you consume marijuana, and it always happens, is that you will get hungry. This is called the munchies, and it happens to everyone. As of yet, there isn’t a 100% verified explanation of why it happens, one theory is that because THC increases our sensitivity to flavors and smells, our brain actually believes that we are starving, without actually feeling like we are starving; we just begin to crave food.
It’s for this reason that it is incredibly important that you bring snacks along when you consume marijuana. If you don’t eat them then, you could always eat them later.
Not Choosing the Strain You Want
Finally, you should take extra care when choosing the strain of marijuana that you want to consume. As mentioned above, there are various strains, and aside from having varying levels of THC and CBD, they actually produce different effects.
For example, the sativa plant produces a mind high, which makes you feel energetic and reduces anxiety. Indica on the other hand produces a body high, and this makes you feel much more relaxed and lazier. It is recommended that beginners use sativa since it is considered an upper, which makes the introduction to the psychoactive effects much more pleasant.