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Welcome, First Timers!
So, you’ve decided to try marijuana for the first time. Even better, you’ve decided to vaporize it. Smoking cannabis is the most popular way to consume it, but by vaping your cannabis you are getting more of those wanted cannabinoids. To ensure that you have the best experience possible, we’ve prepared a few tips. Follow these and you’ll have a better experience for your first time.
Where Do You Get Your Marijuana?
If you live in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, or Maine and you are 21 years of age, you can go to your local marijuana dispensary and buy it. Non-residents can travel to these states, but there are laws governing the amount that can be purchased. If you live in a medical marijuana state, as long as you have your medical marijuana card, you can purchase it at a medical dispensary. Remember, purchasing it is still illegal if you don’t live in one of these states.
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Create A Comfortable Space
You don’t want to be on edge when you’re trying cannabis the first time. Worries will disturb your experience and could trigger anxiety. So, go somewhere you’re comfortable. Bring some music – either an iPod, MP3 player, or other means of playing music. You might also want to bring a friend or two. It’s better if they’re veterans and not also noobs. Make sure you’re not going to be disturbed for a bit.
PARENTS – This means get a babysitter!
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Plan Your Vaping Sessions Around Mealtime
The munchies are real (for some strains). When you smoke or vape marijuana, you may feel hungry. What’s bad about this is that you might crave the unhealthy foods during a smoke session – chips, candy, sweets, and fast food. For this reason, planning your first-time vape session around a mealtime, and/or having healthy snacks readily available, can ensure that your munchies are taken care of by a meal.
Still, not everyone experiences the munchies and not every strain increases the appetite.
Smoking, Vaping, or Edibles For the First Time
Honestly, it is recommended that you smoke or vape your weed the first time instead of eating it. Eating a cannabis infused brownie takes time before the effects set in. Edibles also have a significantly stronger effect than smoked or vaporized marijuana. If you decide to eat an edible, give it time to kick in before chowing down on that other brownie because you don’t feel anything. We recommend waiting at least an hour.
If you decide to vape, make sure that you have the appropriate vaporizer for your chosen cannabis – dry herb vaporizers and mods are typically made specifically for dry herbs, oils, or concentrates. Make sure that you’re using the correct tank/cartridge if you’ve purchased a vape that is a 3-in-1 model.
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What Strain Should I Try?
It all depends on what you’re looking for. If you want the cerebral high that offers a boost to creativity – you might prefer a sativa. If you want a body high, to feel relaxed and possibly sleepy – you’ll likely want an indica. Hybrids between the two offer a combination of effects. Talk to the employees at the dispensary and tell them what symptoms you’re looking to address or what experience you desire. They should be able to point out a good strain for you.
Leafly has an excellent database containing reviews of thousands of strains. Strain effects differ according to variety, method of consumption, and user tolerance.
If it is your very first time, take one or two puffs. This is all that it should take for a first timer to feel the effects of marijuana. If you do not feel anything – give it about 20 minutes. If you are still not feeling anything – take another puff or two.
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Vaporizing Temperatures for Cannabis
The ideal temperature for vaporizing your marijuana is 175 – 200°C (347 – 392°F). Lower temperatures release fewer cannabinoids and are ideal for those who want a more awake high. Go much higher than 400 degrees and you risk combusting your cannabinoids – meaning you won’t get them.
You can expect your high to last between 2 to 4 hours. Edibles will produce a longer lasting high that might be more intense. Differing strains will also affect the length of your high. Because it can be unpredictable, make sure that you don’t have anywhere you have to be.
What Should You Expect to Feel The First Time?
This all depends on how much you use, how you consume it, and what strain you choose. Experiences vary from person to person.
Many people experience hunger, dry mouth, and euphoria. Some experience an altering of time perception – you may feel that time is passing more slowly.
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There they are. Our tips for first-time marijuana smokers – or vapers. From where to get it to how much to smoke to the best vaping temperature, we hope to have answered some of your questions about your first time. Now just sit back and enjoy the feeling!
Michael is a marketing and creative content specialist at GotVape.com with primary focus on customer satisfaction. Technology and fitness combined healthy lifestyle obsession are his main talking points.
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