As cannabis becomes more and more mainstream, more people are using it - whether for the first time or as a returning cannabis user. If you're new to cannabis, here are some tips to help make your experience positive and safe.
1. Consider Edibles But Start Small
When trying cannabis for the first time, many people consider smoking it. While this is certainly an option, edibles are a great way to start as well. Edibles provide a different experience, as they can take up to two hours to kick in fully. For first-timers, it's best to start small with just 5-10mg of THC. This way, you can gauge how you feel and how your body reacts before consuming more.
2. Know Your Dose
If you decide to go the edible route, make sure you know your dose. Start with a small amount when trying cannabis for the first time and wait at least two hours before consuming more. Edibles can be deceptively potent, especially if you're not used to them. It's better to err on the side of caution than to overdo it and have a bad experience.
3. Don't Drive After Using Cannabis
Cannabis can impair your ability to drive, just like alcohol. If you're going to use cannabis, make sure you have a designated driver or another way to get home safely. Do not get behind the wheel if you're under the influence.
4. Avoid Using Cannabis If You're Pregnant
Cannabis use is not recommended for pregnant women, as it can potentially harm the developing baby. Moreover, it is difficult to know how cannabis will affect you if you're pregnant, since it can cross the placenta and reach the baby. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, avoid using cannabis altogether.
5. Be Careful With Combining Cannabis and Other Substances
Cannabis can interact with other substances, so it's important to be careful when using it. If you're taking medication, talk to your doctor before using cannabis for the first time. And if you're drinking alcohol, be aware that combining the two can amplify the effects of both.
6. Don't Buy Cannabis From an Illegal Source
If you're using cannabis, make sure you're buying it from a legal source. Buying cannabis from an illegal dealer can be dangerous, as you don't know what you're getting. It could be laced with other substances or be of poor quality.
7. Be Mindful of Your Surroundings
Cannabis can affect your perception of time and space, so it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Make sure you're in a safe place before using cannabis. And if you're going to be in a public place, be respectful of those around you.
8. Don't Use Cannabis If You're Underage
It's important to remember that cannabis is still illegal in many places. If you're under the legal age to use it, don't do it. Wait until you're of age and can use it legally and safely. People who sell cannabis to underage individuals can face serious penalties.
Cannabis can be a great way to relax and enjoy yourself, but it's important to be safe and informed when using it. Keep these tips in mind when trying cannabis for the first time. And most importantly, enjoy yourself!