5 Tips for Your First Time Smoking Cannabis

Cannabis is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and around the world, and it's easy to see why. Depending on the strain, users have said they experience a giggly, euphoric feeling that makes them more social. Some cannabis smokers claim they feel a reduction in pain, depression or anxiety. Use this quick guide to help you learn how to get the best high if you plan on smoking marijuana for the first time.

1. Take some deep breaths first

Trying something new makes nearly anybody nervous, but it is important to be as relaxed as possible if it's your first time smoking weed. Everybody's experience is different, and many factors contribute to a good session. Controlling your own environment is key to a good smoke sesh. Ensure you are in a place where you feel comfortable (your own home is ideal). Before you smoke, take a few deep, cleansing breaths. Doing so reduces blood pressure and heart rate to make you feel more relaxed about your upcoming experience.

2. Have plenty of water nearby

Cannabis smoke is hot and may leave you feeling parched since you aren't used to smoking yet. Additionally, a side effect of many strains is dry mouth. Staying hydrated is important for a good experience. Drink a bottle of water before you start and keep some nearby during your smoke session to have a more positive experience. Avoid drinks such as alcohol or soda, which can make the dry mouth worse as well as leave you with the unpleasant side effects of dehydration.

3. Bring an experienced friend

Smoking cannabis is usually a social activity, so why not invite an experienced friend to your first session? They can adjust your dose accordingly to ensure you have a good time. Be sure the person you choose is someone you feel comfortable enough to be silly around as well as comfortable enough to let him or her calm you down if you begin to feel overwhelmed.

4. Don't be afraid to cough

Sometimes, an inexperienced smoker will worry about coughing too much, especially if smoking with a friend or two. Coughing when smoking cannabis is completely normal and is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, the quick breath that occurs before coughing may even make your high better. Cannabis smoke should burn a little bit as it enters your lungs, but if it feels too harsh, try a lighter pull during your next hit.

5. Choose the right strain

Marijuana is available in three categories: Indica, Sativa and hybrids. Each category has hundreds of strains, and each strain has its own side effects. It's important to research strains beforehand and choose the one that is most likely to provide the high you want. If you want to feel social or more creative, choose a Sativa-dominant strain such as Chocolope. If you hope to fall asleep, opt for an Indica-based strain like Animal Cookies. The side effects of hybrid strains vary depending on the blend, so research the specific strain if you plan to go this route. The MAC, or Miracle Alien Cookies, is known to leave users feeling euphoric and creative while maintaining body relaxation.

First-Timers in Mat-Su Valley

If you want to learn more about the best cannabis products for first time smoking, it never hurts to talk to an expert. Contact the experienced and professional staff at Bad Gramm3r, an award-winning dispensary in Wasilla, AK, for more information or to purchase products.

Disclaimer: “Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming and addictive.”; “Marijuana impairs concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under its influence.”; “There are health risks associated with consumption of marijuana.”; “For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children.”; “Marijuana should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.”