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TRYING CANNABIS FOR THE FIRST TIME? READ THIS FIRST

Trying cannabis for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, making it hard to know where to begin. Weed is meant to be relaxing. So, to help take the stress off, here is what you need to know before your first time.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Two pot smokers will happily share a joint, even if they don’t speak the same language. The true spirit of the cannabis community is this; If you and I both use cannabis in some form regardless of whether we have met, we are cannafamily. We all started out exactly where you are. So, never be intimidated to ask questions or feel like you ‘should’ know something. When it comes to cannabis, there is so much out there to learn. New and exciting information is being released every day, so remember, everybody is learning with you. There are no stupid questions, just funny ones.

Cannabis is non-fatal

cannabis effectFact: It is physically impossible to fatally overdose from cannabis. When THC interacts with our CB1 receptors, we experience a psychoactive effect. CB1 receptors can be found in high concentrations, all over the body with one exception: the brainstem. As it happens, this part of the brain controls involuntary functions such as heartbeat and lung function. Because there are so few CB1 receptors within the brainstem, it is impossible to overstimulate this area using cannabis and cause a shutdown.

enjoy with cannabisWhat this means: No one has ever caused their heart to stop or stopped breathing because of weed. No one ever will. If you get a little bit too baked or start to feel uncomfortable, just remember that the effects will pass.

Type of cannabis

The effects of cannabis come from a blend of different cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds, found within its strain genetics. From plant to plant, these compounds vary, producing different results. To categorize this, each strain gets labeled as an indica, sativa, or hybrid, based on common characteristics.

Indica

Sativa

Here is a phrase to help you remember the difference between indica and sativa:

indica will put you in da couch.

Hybrid

The golden rule of dosing – start low, go slow.

The effects of cannabis can sneak up on you so give it some time to kick in.

Smoking

smoking weedWhen THC is inhaled into the lungs, it enters the bloodstream very quickly. The effect is usually felt within 10-15 minutes, making it easy to judge for dosing. If you choose to smoke weed for your first experience, your biggest challenge is how to do so.

Prerolls

  • Ask to purchase pre-rolled joints. If they are not available, ask if someone can roll it for you. Asking for this might feel awkward the first time, but, this question is a common one. Many long time cannabis users cannot roll joints.

Pipes

cannabis smoking

  • If you are using a pipe, grind up the bud first. That way, you ensure it burns evenly.
  • There can be a little hole on the side of the pipe called a ‘choke’. When inhaling and lighting the bud, be sure to keep your finger over this hole. After inhaling, there may be some lingering smoke in the pipe chamber. Lifting your finger off of the choke, allows you to clear this.

Edibles

first time cannabisA lot of people avoid cannabis because they don’t want to smoke it; that’s where edibles come in. If you are going to go this route, be aware of a few things:

Dosing is different.

  • You absorb more THC through your digestive system than you do through the lungs. Eating it will make the most of those milligrams.

Edibles need to be digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.

  •  It will take longer for you to feel an effect if you eat cannabis, instead of smoking it.
  • The amount of food present in your stomach will impact how quickly you feel it.

Your source

Cannabis is safe to use but if done incorrectly, it’s easy to feel uncomfortable. Factors such as dosing, strain, and quality make the difference between a therapeutic, enjoyable experience, and one you never want again. It’s all about trusting that your source of cannabis knows exactly what they are doing. Wherever you get it should provide more than just weed, they should be there to educate as well. Before you decide whether to purchase from a legal or ‘grey market’ source, be aware of a few things:

The Government Stores

The benefits of going to a licensed cannabis retailer include convenience and legal purchasing. There are some good ones, but the price, quality, and availability can’t be guaranteed. Plus, they cannot provide any medical advice. These retailers have to play by government rules and do not have the same options as a normal business.

cannabisOn top of that, there can be a lot of money to be made in the cannabis industry, making it irresistible on the corporate level. Many long-standing, small cannabis businesses have been sabotaged as legalization has taken effect. Thanks to the provincial model, the pot dealers doing the most social damage wear suits, and operate legally. Still, there are some decent places that won’t rip you off.

Grey Market Sources

Never shun a source solely because they are unlicensed. When it comes to legal cannabis, you cannot rely on the government to know what is best because their interest is purely financial. If it wasn’t, regulations for medical cannabis would have been prioritized over recreational use. As it stands, the only options for medical patients are extremely expensive licensed producers, and accessing them is very difficult. In the meantime, grey market sources fill in the gap. Here are some things to think about when sussing out a new source:

trying cannabis

  • What kind of experience and passion do they have when it comes to their products? There are many long-standing compassion clubs that have had to fight to stay open. The only reason that these places put themselves at risk is that they believe in what they are doing. If you find a source that has been under fire before but preserves regardless, they might be worth a second look.
  • Ask about their quality control and gauge their responses. Someone who is on it will not hesitate to tell you all about it; in fact, they will likely be excited. For example, If money was spent on third-party testing, they will be thrilled to tell you about it.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to trust your source.

How was your first time using cannabis? Do you have any advice to share that we missed? Please add it to the comments below!

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARIJUANA AND HASHISH?

Marijuana and hashish are commonly spoken as synonymous buddies (pun intended!) but are very different in nature. Let’s dive into what is marijuana and hashish are so you can get stoned the way you want to.

Marijuana

marijuana and hashishCannabis refers to three plants known as Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis rudealis with psychoactive properties. When you harvest and dry the flowers of these plants, you are left with one of the world’s most popular medicines. More than 120 constituents known as cannabinoids are made up in cannabis. Experts still aren’t sure what each cannabinoid can do, but two of them, known as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are very well established. So what exactly is THC and CHD?

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which will not “high” you. It is frequently used to reduce inflammation and to relieve pain. Nausea, migraines, headaches, and anxiety can also be treated. The usefulness of therapeutic use is still being tested by researchers.

THC is the most powerful psychoactive in cannabis. The “high” of cannabis associated with most people is responsible for THC.

Hashish

hashHashish is a drug extracted from a cannabis plant’s resin. Hash resin is extracted from the cannabis plant and refined to form a potent form of marijuana, typically used for leisure. Hash resin is forced into condensed hash balls or bricks. Small bits are then broken down and smoked. Hash doesn’t burn on its own quickly, so it is usually mixed with other herbs such as cannabis or tobacco.

So what’s the difference between marijuana and hashish?

Let’s begin with what marijuana and hashish have in common is the obvious thing: both come from the same cannabis plants. Pot is the floral bud of the female cannabis plant, as you probably understand. Hash consists of the same buds, however, it is handled in a different manner. The flower buds are harvested while a cannabis plant is in full bloom, and a farmer will go in one of two directions from this moment on. The flowers will be hanged to dry in the case of marijuana. The resulting product is the plant, which we all know so well, once it has completely dried out every seed, spring and excess leaves are removed.

It’s up to you what you prefer between marijuana and hashish, but the road to all the benefits of cannabis is through your own knowledge. Do your research before you smoke, and as always, subscribe for more tips and tricks!

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