Burn One Down and Keep Your Cool
Whether you’re new, back in the saddle, or a seasoned smoker, these tips will help you have the best time while enjoying cannabis.
Talk to your local budtenders about what you want. They’ll help you choose the right strain for your situation and preferences. From upbeat, creative, or energetic, to a more mellow, relaxed feeling—your budtender will help you find what you’re looking for.
You can also buy pre-rolled joints (or Jimmys…see what we did there?), which are a great way to ease back in to cannabis.
If you’re new or returning to cannabis you can set yourself up for success by being in a comfortable or familiar place. The more you can control the situation, the better. We suggest a small group of people you trust and hopefully like. Being in your own home, with access to your own music and space is a great way to try or reacquaint yourself with cannabis.
If you’re in an unfamiliar place but still want to try it, that’s cool too. Remind yourself that you’re safe and in control. You are the master of your cannabis destiny!
Stock up on snacks
The munchies are real, and they’re spectacular. Not every strain will give you the munchies, but cannabis both increases appetite and enhances the senses which can make your favourite food taste out of this world. Plus, having snacks on hand will help you avoid impulse take-out. Your wallet will thank you later!
Low and slow is the name of the game
If you’re not a regular user (a few times a week to every day) you probably don’t exactly know your tolerance. That’s okay! There’s a super simple solution to that if you’re new, getting back into it, or an infrequent user—low and slow.
Take small amounts at a time and sit with it for a bit to see how you feel.
If you’re smoking or vaping, take just a couple puffs, then sit back and enjoy. Smoking from a bong, pipe or one-hitter will create a stronger effect than vaping.
Different strains affect people differently. After your couple puffs you will feel the effects and will get a sense of what you’ll feel. The more you smoke, the stronger the effects. No need to show off here everybody has the right to go at their own pace.
It can be easy to go overboard with concentrates, oils, tinctures and sprays. Follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions or ask your budtender for some guidance. That’s what they’re there for! You’ll likely want to start with 10mg/ml and then give yourself about 30-60 minutes to see if you want more.
Smoking/vaping gives you the effects instantaneously, because it goes into your bloodstream via your lungs, whereas ingesting oils or sprays can take from 30-45 minutes and in some cases 1-2 hours to kick in. Similar to other substances, ingestion is dependent on the person (i.e. metabolism, body weight, how much you’ve had to eat, etc.).
This is a no-brainer, but don’t do anything unsafe when you’re trying cannabis. And, don’t drive high—it’s illegal. Always make sure you plan a safe ride if you are impaired.
Maybe you’re feeling like you overdid it a bit. That can be a scary feeling.
The most important thing to know is—no one has ever died from ingesting too much cannabis. It’s never happened. Ever.
Unlike opioid receptors, cannabinoid receptors are negligibly located in areas controlling cardiovascular and respiratory functions, meaning breathing and heartrate are not depressed by cannabis.
Read our blog post about What do to if you’ve taken too much to learn more about “greening out”.
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