Remember when toking up some marijuana was a regular part of your life? You may have enjoyed it when it was offered to you at college parties or after work with your enlightened friend. But for some reason, you stopped. Maybe your spouse frowned upon your use or you became a parent or you just grew tired of the habit.
Now you are pondering trying it again. Before you do, it is important to know that the potency may have increased since your last experience. We want you to enjoy the ride, so here are some tips to consider:
Budtenders Are Your Friend
This may be the most important tip. If you used to buy your weed from your “connection” or a “friend of a friend” or some more nefarious acquaintance, going to a retail store (or medical dispensary in medical states) will be a genuine eye opener. These professionals are eager to help and are trained to help you find the right product for you. Don’t feel intimidated. Ask questions.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Cotton mouth is a bummer. And if you have ever smoked herb, you’ve no doubt encountered the problem. Smoked marijuana can dry the mucus membranes in your mouth and prevents you from producing saliva. Not only does this give you the dreaded dry mouth, it makes digestion more difficult. So if you are going to smoke it, drink plenty fluids. (And, no, beer does not count.)
Give Vaping A Try
Vaporizing cannabis has a lot of advantages over smoking it. For one, you won’t suffer from cotton mouth. Vape pens have become ubiquitous in states that have legalized marijuana.
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These vape pens are relatively inexpensive, easy to use and provide a milder high. Vaporization is considered a healthier option since there is no combustion of plant matter involved.
Leave High-Potency Concentrates To The Pros
Yes, master growers are continuously improving the potency of cannabis. That does not mean that ALL strains available are strong enough to keep you on the couch for an afternoon. There are plenty of strains that are low in THC (the psychoactive ingredient) and high in CBD (non-psychoactive). My advice: Buy two or three strains and see how your mind and body react. There is no need to get the “killer bud.”
Treat Edibles With Care
Edibles are tricky. Most of us have had an unpleasant experience with an ultra-strong brownie or cookie and have sworn off eating marijuana for life. Dosing is key for edibles. Start small. And wait at least 45 minutes to an hour before deciding if you need more.
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In states that have legalized marijuana, regulations are in place that ensure the dosing is appropriate (typically, 10 mg is considered one serving).
Chill Settings Are Best
If you haven’t use marijuana in awhile, I highly recommend that you consider the proper setting. Don’t go to a crowded party. Instead, find a relaxing, serene environment where you feel safe and secure.
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Feelings of paranoia or discomfort can interfere with you experience and being around a bunch of people won’t help. Stay home in front of a nice fire or in your backyard. Focus on your mood, your breathing and your comfort. In time, you will feel more comfortable in more energetic settings.
Share The Experience
Most people prefer to drink in the company of others. Same with enjoying marijuana. It is more effective as a shared experience. Find a fellow cannabis enthusiast and enjoy. Listen to music or watch a movie. Or binge watch a show on your TV. Sit on your porch and watch the clouds go by.
Keep The Stash Safe
For God’s sake, keep your stash in a secure location — especially if you have children. Dried cannabis is best stored in a glass jar in a cool, dark place. Keep it out of reach of kids or pets. This is really a no-brainer. Just do it.
Listen To Your Body
If you feel any level of discomfort or unease, take a break and lay down. Or just sit still. Marijuana is an intoxicant that can sneak up on you. Don’t try to keep up with the rest of your group. If your mind is playing tricks on your or if your body feels like it is melting into your chair, it’s a good time to take a break. Don’t worry: The effect will dissipate over time. Don’t call 911 or freak out. Your body is telling you to stop. Listen to it.