How you use your marijuana, how much, and for what purpose can determine what your experience will be like. And let me tell you, you don’t need to be anxious, especially if it’s your first time. So how do you ensure your experience is the best it can be? By being attentive.
Know what you’re getting into and how it might affect you, start with smaller doses and lighter potencies, weigh your sensitivity to cannabis before giving it your all. the New York Marijuana Laws have already given you enough safe space to experiment with cannabis (legal, recreational and medical use), so you might as well use it to your advantage.
So before you dive into clouds of smoke or gobble down special brownies, there are things you can do to make sure you have a good experience.
7 things to follow
There is a thin line between a high and a good. That fine line is nothing but a combination of these 7 tips. Remember these and nothing can ruin your great time.
Do your research
Have you ever read reviews to find the right hotel for your stay while travelling? You just want to make sure everything is going according to plan, that your trip is comfortable and safe. Now, if this is a trip you are planning, you should definitely plan this one too.
This is where a good experience begins. Find out what you are about to consume, its common effects and which product would be right for you.
What is Cannabis? Which cannabinoids are the most common? Which are the most beneficial for you? Will the product cause a “high” or help you relax? Will it have side effects? Find answers to these questions before you start using cannabis.
Know your goal
Why do you use cannabis? Is it just to enjoy the high? Or are you trying to relieve your medical symptoms? Maybe you’ve had a long week and need some relief. Whatever the purpose of your consumption, know what effects you are looking for.
If you have a medical condition that qualifies for the use of medical marijuana, you can be better prepared with a medical marijuana card and just the right recommendations from certified professionals.
If you’re just looking for a downtime, you can opt for gummies, vapes, or recreational oils, depending on your preferred delivery method. You can even choose to smoke on some delta 8 vapes if you’re trying to enjoy a little pleasure.
Smoking, vaping, or consuming sublingual oils and tinctures can give you immediate relief while consuming digestibles (gums, capsules, oils mixed in food and drinks, snacks, etc.) can cause delayed but longer effects .
Test the waters
The most common problem with marijuana use is not knowing when to stop. If you don’t know how a certain strain interacts with your endocannabinoid system, how bad it can make you feel, you may find yourself in an area beyond your control. While there haven’t been too many reports of cannabis overdoses, a bad trip isn’t that uncommon. This means you may end up hallucinating, paranoid, and even injured and in the emergency room.
And how do you balance your high so it doesn’t spin out of your control? You go slowly.
Whether you are completely new to cannabis, new to a certain strain or a particular potency, it is always advisable to start small and progress gradually.
A few puffs followed by an hour of restraint might actually get you high enough that you don’t 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 the time it takes to take effect. Unlike vapes, cigs or sublinguals, edibles can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours to take effect. This is why bad trips are more common with gummies than with cigarettes.
If the gum you consumed has no effect, give it at least a few hours before consuming more. You don’t want multiple high potency erasers working simultaneously.
Find a safe place
It could be the physical room you are in, the people you are with, or your own mental state. When using marijuana for the first time, try to stay away from any place that might trigger your anxiety or make you feel uncomfortable. It always pays to surround yourself with people you trust to feel safe when you’re intoxicated. At the same time, if you are more prone to feelings of anxiety and paranoia, stay away from THC-rich products.
Whatever you do, a safe space is very important, not only for getting a positive high, but also for your own safety.
Talk to your doctor
As a medical marijuana user, it is always advisable to be completely honest and upfront with your doctor. Not only are they responsible for recommending marijuana to help with your condition, but they are also well aware of your overall health and can advise against certain products, strains, delivery methods, or potencies.
With how liberating New York’s weed laws are for medical marijuana use, you can easily experience your preferred effects by consulting your doctor.
Also be sure to disclose any other medications you may be taking at the time of your referral. Cannabis is known to interact with other medicines and with intoxicants and may be dangerous for you.
Consult the Budtender
Getting your cannabis from a dispensary is often seen as a green signal, especially when it comes to the quality of your flower (or its products). If your medical condition qualifies for a medical recommendation under New York’s marijuana laws, you can access a wide range of potencies and varied products to try. At the same time, your budtender is more likely to educate you on the legal dilemmas surrounding THC concentrations or how intoxicating it can be.
However, they will not hesitate to help you if you have questions or are unsure of what to buy. This is especially true for new consumers and those who have just reached legal age.
You can discuss your condition, why you are looking for a cannabis product and what effects you are looking for.
Finding the appropriate method of administration
No, it’s not just potency but how you administer your dose that determines whether or not your experience is good.
As mentioned earlier, if you are looking for an immediate effect, it is better to opt for sublingual sprays, tinctures, whole flowers or vapes. But if you are looking for effects over a long period of time, you should opt for edible like snacks, brownies, gummies, or even oils mixed into drinks. These remain in your system for a longer period.
Beware, these take longer to take effect, which can often be mistaken for no effect. This often led to people consuming more than necessary, inevitably resulting in a bad high.
Following these simple tips can help you have a great first experience. Remember to go small and slow and then progress.
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