Cannabis 101: 7-Step Guide for the First-time Tokers | Weeday

Cannabis can be one of your greatest experiences of all time, but there are cautions you should take and actions you should avoid.

Before reading the article, make sure you check that you are within a jurisdiction where cannabis for recreation is legal. If you are not within the jurisdiction, please do not purchase, consume cannabis as not only is it illegal, but also dangerous.

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Trying cannabis for the first time is significant, and will bring you a whole new level of experience unlike anything. However, the newcomers in the community can often feel overwhelmed if not given the right guidelines. That's why this blog is here to help. We'll walk you through everything you need to know before diving into the cannabis world. You'll learn the essentials, how to pick the best strain, and the right smoking gear. Our goal is to help you navigate this new adventure with clear, confident steps.

Before going in depth, you must never smoke cannabis in a jurisdiction where it is illegal. The substance should be only consumed if you can abide by the law.

Understanding Cannabis

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It's important to understand what cannabis, often referred to as weed or marijuana, actually is. It's a plant that possesses compounds known as cannabinoids, predominantly THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).

THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for the euphoric 'high' that most people associate with marijuana use. THC interacts with the brain's cannabinoid receptors, producing effects ranging from heightened sensory perception to altered sense of time and increased appetite.

CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating, meaning it doesn't produce the 'high' associated with THC. Despite this, it has significant therapeutic potential. Research suggests CBD may have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties, making it a topic of keen interest in the medical community.

Procuring the Flower

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After gaining a basic understanding of what cannabis is, your next course of action will be procuring the flower. We strongly advise sourcing your cannabis from a reputable, licensed dispensary. These establishments are regulated, ensuring that their products are safe, properly grown, and accurately labeled. Upon visiting, don't hesitate to ask questions. The staff, often called budtenders, are well-versed in the properties of various strains and products. They can guide you towards strains with a lower THC and higher CBD ratio, which are often recommended for beginners due to their milder, more balanced effects.

Selecting a strain with a lower THC content can be less intimidating and more manageable, helping to avoid the potential anxiety or paranoia that can sometimes accompany a potent THC high. Strains higher in CBD can offer a range of therapeutic benefits, without a strong psychoactive effect. Remember, the goal of your first experience should be comfort and enjoyment, not pushing your limits. Making a well-informed choice when procuring cannabis is a significant step towards achieving this. As you gain experience and understand your preferences, you can explore the wide array of strains and products available.

Essential Tools for Smoking Weed

Having chosen your strain, it's now time to gather the necessary tools for your cannabis consumption. The experience is not merely about the herb but also the tool that aids its use.

Smoking Device

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First, it's essential to select a high-quality smoking device that suits your needs and comfort. At the forefront of these tools are bongs and pipes, the most widely used smoking accessories, catering all the users from novices to aficionados.

Bongs, also known as water pipes, offer a unique smoking experience. They use water to not only cool the smoke, making it less harsh on your throat and lungs, but also to filter out some particulates and byproducts of combustion. This results in a smoother, cleaner smoke that's easier for beginners to handle.

Pipes, on the other hand, offer a different appeal. They're compact, portable, and straightforward to use, making them a discreet and convenient option for cannabis consumption. Our selection of pipes ranges from the basic to the artistically intricate, allowing you to choose one that matches your personal style.

Grinder

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A grinder is another indispensable tool in your cannabis arsenal. This device breaks down your cannabis buds into a consistency that's perfect for smoking, ensuring an even burn and a smoother smoking experience. It also allows you to get the most out of your cannabis, reducing waste and making your supply last longer.

Lighter

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And of course, no cannabis toolkit would be complete without a lighter. While this may seem like a simple tool, a reliable lighter is crucial for effectively lighting your cannabis. Investing in quality tools for cannabis consumption enhances your experience and ensures you get the most out of your chosen strain. So equip yourself with the right gear and enjoy the journey.

Preparation of the Environment

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Now that you are armed and ready, the next critical step is to carefully prepare your environment. This is an aspect often overlooked, but it plays a significant role in shaping your first encounter with cannabis. Preparing your environment is about creating a space where you can enjoy the experience to its fullest potential, with peace of mind. Opt for a space where you feel completely at ease—a comfortable, safe, and familiar environment that allows you to fully unwind. This could be your living room, bedroom, or even your backyard, as long as it's a place where you can relax without any worries or distractions.

Consider elements like lighting, seating comfort, and even your choice of background music. You might prefer the soft glow of a lamp instead of harsh overhead lights, a comfortable couch or plush pillows to relax on, and perhaps some calming tunes to help set the mood. Personalize the space to suit your preferences and comfort.

For first-time users, it can also be incredibly beneficial to have a friend present who is experienced with cannabis. Not only can they guide you through the process and offer practical advice, but their presence can also provide reassurance. Knowing there's someone with experience to help manage any unexpected reactions can significantly reduce any anxiety you might feel about trying cannabis for the first time.

How to Smoke Weed: The Basics

You are now ready to embark on your first cannabis journey. But before you proceed, it's essential to understand the proper etiquette and methods of consumption to ensure an enjoyable experience.

If you're using a bong, start by filling it with enough water to effectively filter the smoke. Place your ground cannabis into the bowl. Gently light the cannabis while gradually inhaling to draw the smoke into the bong. When you're ready, remove the bowl and inhale the smoke.

For pipe users, the process is similarly straightforward. Pack your ground cannabis into the bowl. Carefully light the cannabis while gently inhaling to draw the smoke into your mouth. When you're ready, release the carb (if there is one), and inhale the smoke.

Remember that cannabis consumption isn't a race. It's important to pace yourself and consume only as much as you feel comfortable with. Take a hit and give yourself a few minutes to see how you feel before deciding if you want more. Particularly for first-time users, this slow and steady approach can help avoid any potential discomfort and contribute to a more enjoyable cannabis experience.

Should You Hold the Smoke?

Despite what some might suggest, there's no need to inhale deeply or hold the smoke in your lungs excessively to feel the effects of cannabis. Doing so might lead to unnecessary discomfort. A normal, comfortable inhale will suffice.

Effects and What to Expect

After your first puff, you may wonder what to anticipate. The effects of cannabis are highly individualized and depend largely on the strain. Some users experience relaxation and euphoria, while others report increased alertness and creativity. Side effects like dry mouth or altered perception of time are also possible.

It's crucial to note that it's common not to feel high during your first experience. Don't feel compelled to consume more than you're comfortable with. Always listen to your body and take note of your responses, adjusting your consumption accordingly.

The journey into the world of cannabis is a personal one, colored by individual experiences and responses. Armed with knowledge and the right tools, this journey can be an enjoyable and enlightening exploration.

Taking Care of Yourself: Post-Smoking Care Tips

Your first experience with cannabis is not only about the act of smoking itself but also about how you care for yourself afterward. Proper post-smoking care is crucial to maximizing your comfort and enhancing your overall experience.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Your Munchies

Upon concluding your smoking session, you may find that your mouth feels dry - a phenomenon commonly referred to as 'cottonmouth'. This is a normal side effect of cannabis, so there's no need to worry. To combat this, make sure you stay hydrated before, during, and after your session. Keep a bottle of water or another hydrating beverage nearby to moisten your mouth and quench any thirst. Additionally, cannabis is known to stimulate the appetite, resulting in what's often called 'the munchies'. Having some healthy snacks readily available can help with your munchies.

Just Relax

After your first high, relax in the comfortable environment you've prepared and reflect on the experience. Your emotions could range from excitement and happiness to relaxation and introspection. This variety is perfectly normal and part of the cannabis experience. Taking care of your mental wellbeing is also important. Cannabis can sometimes induce feelings of anxiety or paranoia in some people, especially with stronger strains or higher doses. If you find yourself feeling anxious, remember to take slow, deep breaths and reassure yourself that this is a temporary feeling that will pass.

Clean Your Equipment

Once the experience is over and you are back to being sober, it is time to clean the gears. Because of the way it is consumed, the gears you use will often be filled with ashes and tars from burning the flower. Make sure all the parts of your accessories are clean, as well as the environment you smoked in. Problems of not cleaning your gears can lead to bad consequences, so make sure to keep your hygiene in check.

Listen to Your Experience

It is important to remember that your first experience with cannabis is a journey, not a destination. Don't rush the process or feel pressured to experience everything all at once. Take your time, listen to your body, and adjust your future cannabis experiences based on what feels comfortable and enjoyable for you. Your post-smoking self-care routine is an essential part of this process, helping to ensure that your inaugural cannabis journey is a positive one.

Educate Yourself and Others

Cannabis education doesn't stop after your first time smoking. Continue to learn about different strains, consumption methods, and effects. The more informed you are, the better decisions you can make about your cannabis consumption. Sharing this information with others also contributes to a safer, more knowledgeable cannabis community. Preparation is key when it comes to smoking weed for the first time. Understanding what to expect, having the right tools, setting a comfortable environment, and taking care of yourself post-smoking, all contribute to a positive experience.

Final Tip: Choosing the Right Gear

We hope you're now one step closer to mastering the art of cannabis enjoyment. Just one more thing before you go: never underestimate the importance of clean gear. Choosing the right accessories, ones that are designed for easy cleaning, can make a world of difference. That's where Weeday comes in. Our accessories, with their detachable designs, not only simplify the cleaning process but also offer customization to suit your style.

Check out our selection today!


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