5 tips for a first-time weed experience
By Leo Wolfson, brought to you by Organix:
Marijuana can be a very alluring item, with its relaxing, mood-altering effects that many people experience when smoking for the first time. I caught up with Megan Katzman of Organix Dispensary in Breckenridge, CO to hear her thoughts on tips for rookie smokers in Colorado.
Smoking marijuana may now be legal in Colorado, but only for those 21 years of age or older. When purchasing from a dispensary, remember to bring your government-issued identification and also keep in mind that you are only allowed to possess one ounce of marijuana at any time. Happy smoking!
1. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.
If you were drinking alcohol for the first time, it’d be extremely foolish to drink a gluttonous amount, and the same goes for smoking marijuana. Pace yourself with modest increments of weed out of small smoking devices.
2. DRINK WATER.
Although elevation by itself does not amplify marijuana’s effects, it may indirectly heighten them. Often when people from lower elevations come to Summit they experience altitude sickness in the form of dehydration, nausea, shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Combine this with similar side effects gained from smoking marijuana and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a bad time. However, if you can gulp down at least double your average water intake, the majority of these negative effects can be avoided.
3. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
If you have questions, ask the budtenders, because they’re there to help. Learning the difference between sativa and indica, and characteristics of a weed strain that you are planning to smoke, can influence your experience. Also, understanding how to use the device you plan on smoking out of can mean the difference between getting high or not at all.
4. FIGURE OUT THE BEST FORM OF CONSUMPTION FOR YOU.
These days, edible marijuana products range from the more traditional cookies and brownies to less-stereotypical items like spaghetti and quiche. Edibles provide a nice alternative for those that don’t like the smoking process, but they’re not for everyone. Since metabolism varies based on the individual, it is nearly impossible to predict when exactly the effects of an edible will start to set in. Around one in four people feel little to no effect at all from edibles, due to a particular stomach enzyme that can’t digest THC. In contrast, when smoking out of a regular joint or pipe, you’re much more likely to get high.
5. THERE’S ALWAYS AN END IN SIGHT.
Even if you follow all of these precautions, it’s still possible that you may find the feeling of being high a little too intense for your liking. Thankfully, it’s very difficult to overdose on weed, and its effects are only temporary. If uncomfortable, try going to bed. You’ll feel relatively normal by the time you wake up.
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