How you consume your marijuana, how much, and for what purpose can determine what your experience is going to be like. And let me tell you, you don’t need an anxiety filled high, especially if it’s your first time. So how do you ensure that your experience is the best it can possibly be? By being mindful.
Know what you’re getting into and how it can affect you, start from smaller doses and lighter potencies, weigh your sensitivity with cannabis before going all out. The NY marijuana laws have already given you enough safe space to experiment your way into cannabis, (legal-recreational and medical use) so you might as well use it to your advantage.
So, before you dive right into clouds of smoke or gobble down some special brownies, there are things you can do to ensure you have a good experience.
7 Things to Follow
There is a thin line between a high and a good one. That thin line is nothing but a combination of these 7 tips. Remember these and nothing can ruin your high time.
Do Your Research
Have you ever read through the reviews to find just the right hotel for your stay during a trip? You just want to make sure everything goes as planned, your trip is comfortable and safe. Now if that’s a trip you plan for, you definitely should plan for this one too.
So this is where a good experience starts. Learn about what you’re about to consume, its common effects, and what would be the right product for your needs.
What is cannabis? What cannabinoids are most common? Which ones are the most beneficial for you? Will the product lead to a ‘high’ or will it help you relax? Will it have any side effects? Find answers to these questions before you start consuming cannabis.
Know Your Purpose
Why are you consuming cannabis? Is it to simply enjoy the high? Or are you trying to alleviate your medical symptoms? Maybe you’ve had a long week and need some relief. Whatever the purpose of your consumption, know what effects you’re looking for.
If you’re suffering from any medical condition that qualifies for medical marijuana use, you can be better prepared with a medical marijuana card and just the right recommendations from certified professionals.
If you’re simply looking for a relaxing time, you can opt for recreational gummies, vapes, or oils, depending on your preferred method of administration. You can even choose to smoke on some delta 8 vapes if you’re trying to enjoy a little bit of a high time.
Smoking, vaping, or consuming sublingual oils and tinctures can give you an immediate relief while consumption through digestibles (gummies, capsules, oils mixed with food and drinks, snacks, etc) can lead to delayed but longer effects.
Test the Waters
The most common issue that comes with marijuana consumption is not knowing when to stop. If you’re unaware of how a certain strain interacts with your endocannabinoid system, how high it can make you feel, you can end up in a zone beyond your control. Even though there haven’t been too many reports of cannabis overdoses, a bad trip isn’t that unheard of. This means you can end up hallucinating, paranoid, and even injured and at the emergency room.
And how do you balance your high in such a way that it doesn’t go beyond your control? You go slow.
Whether you’re entirely new to cannabis, new to a certain strain, or a particular potency, it’s always advised that you start small and work your way up.
A few puffs followed by an hour of restraint might actually set you high enough that you might not need more. If you do, you can always follow it up with a puff or two.
It’s a similar case with gummies, except for how long it takes to take effect. Unlike vapes, cigs or sublinguals, eatables can take somewhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours to take effect. This is why bad trips are more common with gummies rather than cigarettes.
If the gummy you have consumed doesn’t have any effect, give it at least a few hours before you consume more. You do not want multiple high potency gummies taking effect simultaneously.
Find a Safe Place
This could be the physical room you’re in, the people you’re with or your own mental state. When consuming marijuana for the first time, try and stay away from any place that can trigger your anxiety or make you uneasy. It’s always beneficial to surround yourself with people you trust so you feel safe when you’re intoxicated. At the same time if you’re more prone to the feelings of anxiety and paranoia, stay away from high THC products.
Whatever you do, a safe space is very important, not just to have a positive high but also for your own safety.
Talk to Your Physician
As a medical marijuana user, it is always advisable to be completely honest and forthcoming with your physician. Not only are they responsible for recommending marijuana to help with your condition, they’re also well aware of your overall health and can advise against certain products, strains, methods of administration, or potencies.
With how liberating the New York weed laws are for the consumption of medical marijuana, you can easily experience your preferred effects by consulting with your physician.
Also, ensure that you disclose any other medication that you might be consuming at the time of your recommendation. Cannabis is known to interact with other medications as well as intoxicating substances, and can be dangerous for you.
Consult the Budtender
Getting your cannabis from a dispensary is often viewed as a green signal, especially in regards to the quality of your flower (or its products). If your medical condition qualifies for a medical recommendation as per the NY marijuana laws, you can access a wide range of varying potencies and products to try from. At the same time, your budtender is most likely to inform you about the legal dilemmas surrounding THC concentrations or how intoxicating it can be.
However, they’ll not shy away from helping you out if you have questions or are confused about what to buy. This stands especially true for first time consumers and those who’ve just reached the legal age.
You can discuss your condition, why you’re looking for a cannabis product, and what effects you’re looking for.
Find Appropriate Method of Administration
No, it’s not just the potency but how you administer your dose that determines how great or not, your experience would be.
As previously discussed, if you’re looking for an immediate effect, it’s preferable to opt for sublingual sprays, tinctures, whole flowers, or vapes. But if you’re looking for effects over an extended period, you should opt for edibles like snacks, brownies, gummies, or even oils mixed with drinks. These stay in your system for a longer period.
Beware, these take longer to take effect which can often be confused with no effect. This has often led people into consuming more than required, leading into an inevitably bad high.
Following these simple tips can help you have a great first experience. Just remember to go small and slow, and then work your way up.