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
Is There a Safer Way to Smoke Cannabis? How the Methods Stack Up
If you’re looking for the healthiest way to smoke cannabis, keep in mind that there’s no totally safe way to do so — even with the purest, most pesticide-free bud. Cannabis smoke contains most of the same toxins and carcinogens that make tobacco smoke harmful to your health.
There are, however, methods that may be slightly less harmful than others. Here’s a look at how different methods compare, plus some smoke-free alternatives to consider.
The dangers of smoke inhalation are well known, so it’s not surprising that a lot of folks assume vaping is the healthier alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
There’s mounting evidence that vaping can have serious health effects. Much of the concern comes from inhaling vitamin E acetate, a chemical additive found in many vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
However, this risk seems to apply only to vaping concentrates, not flower. A 2006 study suggests that vaping actual cannabis, not concentrate, is less harmful to your respiratory system than smoking. Still, research on vaping cannabis is pretty limited.
Lung health aside, there’s also a matter of potency. People who vape cannabis report experiencing stronger effects — regardless of the amount of THC in the product — than they do when smoking. This means a higher chance of overdoing it, or greening out, when vaping.
Maybe a teeny, tiny bit, but nowhere near enough to make a difference.
Bongs offer a smoother toke because you don’t get the dry heat from smoking cannabis rolled in paper. Though it feels less harsh when you inhale, your lungs don’t know the difference.
Well, both still involve inhaling smoke, so there’s that. But if you had to choose the lesser of two evils, joints are probably the better option. This is because blunts are made with hollowed-out cigars, and cigars and their wrappers are highly toxic.
Even after removing all the tobacco from a cigar, cancer-causing toxins, such as nitrosamines, can remain. Plus, cigar wrappers are more porous than rolling papers, so the burning is less complete. This results in smoke with high concentrations of toxins.
Then there’s the matter of size. Blunts are a lot bigger than joints, and they hold way more pot. Smoking an entire blunt is like smoking roughly six joints.
Dabbing is supposed to give you a “cleaner” high, but what does that actually mean? Not much.
Budder — another name for dabs or marijuana concentrate — delivers a lot more THC than other weed products, often as much as 80 percent more.
Dabbing is still pretty new, so experts still don’t know the full impact.
There’s evidence that exposure to high THC may lead to long-term mental health effects, like psychosis. The risk of misuse and addiction is also higher when using high-THC products, especially for young people.
Plus, unless you have high-tech lab equipment and are trained in extraction, your dabs may be far from pure. Research shows that dabs can contain contaminants and residual solvents that can to neurotoxicity and cardiotoxicity.
Dabbing also has respiratory effects, even though you’re not technically “smoking.” There have been cases of people developing lung damage from dabbing.
The bad news? There’s no safe way to smoke cannabis. The good news? There are plenty of other ways to consume it.
Here are your main options:
- Edibles. Unlike smoking and vaping, ingesting cannabis won’t harm your lung health. The downside for some is that edibles take longer to kick in because they need to clear your digestive system before getting into your bloodstream. The upside is that the effects also hang around longer. You also have an endless variety to choose from, with everything from gummies to baked goods to cannabutter.
- Sublinguals. These are usually lumped together with edibles, but they’re not quite the same. Unlike edibles, you don’t actually swallow sublingual forms of cannabis, which include things like tinctures, films, and dissolvable tablets. Sublingual cannabis is placed under the tongue for absorption, and is absorbed through your mouth’s mucus membranes, so the effects are felt faster.
- Tinctures. Tinctures are made of alcohol-based cannabis extracts that come in bottles with droppers. You can add tinctures to drinks, but you can also get the effects faster by placing a few drops — depending on your desired dose — under your tongue.
- Topicals. Cannabis topicals are for people looking for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the cerebral effects. Creams, balms, and patches can be applied to the skin to relieve inflammation and pain. There’s also cannabis lubricant made for, well, sexy time.
- Suppositories. The idea of shoving cannabis up your butt (or vagina, depending on the product) may make you clench, but it’s definitely a thing. Most of the suppositories on the market are CBD-infused and used for therapeutic reasons, like pain or nausea relief, but some brands have upped their THC content for added effects.
If you’d still rather smoke your weed despite the risks, consider these harm-reduction tips to help make it a little safer:
- Don’t hold the inhale. Inhaling deeply and holding it in exposes your lungs to more tar per breath. Don’t be greedy; exhaling faster is better for you.
- Use rolling papers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Rolling papers may seem like NBD, but some contain chemicals and flavorings that can be toxic.
- Stick to glass bongs and pipes. Plastic bongs can contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which have been linked to serious health effects, including cancer.
- Keep your stuff clean. Keep your bongs and pipes clean, and don’t roll your weed on dirty surfaces.
- Don’t share mouthpieces or pass joints. Sharing your stash is fine, but not your pipes, bongs, or joints. When you share these, you’re basically swapping spit with that person and putting yourself at risk for infections.
No matter how you dice it, there’s really no safe way to smoke cannabis, whether you prefer to roll one up or are partial to bongs. As cannabis becomes more popular, so do products that allow you to indulge without the smoke.
That said, if you’re partial to puffing and passing, a vaporizer that allows you to use flower, not concentrates, may be a less harmful option.
Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddleboard.You can smoke cannabis in a variety of ways, but is one safer or healthier than others? ]]>