How Much Weed Should a Beginner Smoke?
Smoking cannabis for your first time can be a little intimidating. What’s it going to taste like? What’s it going to feel like? Will I cough? How high am I going to get? When done in a safe and controlled environment, your first time smoking should be nothing less than an enjoyable experience.
How to Smoke
There are a number of ways to enjoy cannabis and they can be broken down into three main delivery methods- inhalation, oral, and topical. For the purpose of this blog post, we’ll be looking at the ways in which you can smoke cannabis.
The most popular method of smoking flower is with a joint, which utilizes rolling papers and flower. A buster makes life a little bit easier, but isn’t necessary. We recommend RAW rolling papers!
Similar to a joint, blunts require an emptied out cigar wrapper and flower. While they are certainly an easy method, be advised that you will be inhaling the tobacco that is in the cigar wrapper. We don’t advise this for a first timer or anyone that is a health conscious cannabis consumer!
Pipes are a straightforward and portable way of smoking flower. You simply break apart your flower, place it in the bowl of your pipe, light and enjoy. You can even find pipes that resemble everyday items so you can enjoy your cannabis discreetly.
Water Pipe, aka Bong
Bongs are filtration devices made up of a chamber, which is partially filled with water, and a downstem that connects the water chamber and holds a bowl (which holds the cannabis). The water helps to cool down the smoke and takes away some of the harshness of inhaling it.
Relatively new to the market, vaporizers have become increasingly popular. Unlike smoking, vaping heats the cannabis at a low enough temperature that THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are released without burning the flower. The heat releases the active ingredients into a vapor that is then released into the air by the device.
What to Smoke
While there are an endless number of cannabis strains to choose from, the industry typically breaks them down into two categories- indica and sativa.
Indica strains are believed to be physically sedating, perfect for relaxing with a movie or as a nightcap before bed.
Sativa strains tend to provide more invigorating, uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative projects.
That being said, research now suggests that it is more accurate to base your selection off of the flowers’ cannabinoid dominance- THC dominant, CBC dominant or a balance of THC/CBD.
THC-dominant strains are primarily chosen by consumers seeking a potent euphoric experience. These strains are also selected by patients treating pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. If you tend to feel anxious with THC-dominant strains or dislike other side effects associated with THC, try a strain with higher levels of CBD.
CBD-dominant strains contain only small amounts of THC, and are widely used by those highly sensitive to THC or patients needing clear-headed symptom relief.
Balanced THC/CBD strains contain balanced levels of THC, offering mild euphoria alongside symptom relief. These tend to be a good choice for novice consumers seeking an introduction to cannabis’ signature high.
How Much to Smoke
Unlike the packaging for edibles, there is no dosage amount on the side of your joint or pipe, so you’ll want to start slow. This isn’t a sprint and there’s no hurry. Take one hit and wait a few minutes to see how you feel. Build up gradually and try out different strains to see which ones work best for you.
Above all, have fun with your first time, there’s nothing quite like it! Make sure you are in a safe and comfortable place, that you enjoy in moderation and then come back and tell us how your first time went!