How to Consume weed for the first time?
In 2016, in Denver, Colorado, there are unlimited answers to the question: How do I consume weed for the first time? It seems like there are endless ways of consuming weed, some of them are easy, others a bit more complicated. Long gone are the days where you just had to smoke out of things you found in your parents’ house like apples, cans or bottles (the last two are definitely health hazards in hindsight). Now you can consume weed really easily by vaporizing with a fancy vape pen, eating delicious edibles, using topical lotions, tinctures, and so much more. It all depends on your personal preferences and how important things like health, potency, convenience and cost are to you. Here are the easiest ways of consuming cannabis for beginners, so you can try them all and see what works for you.
1. Combustion aka smoking
The fastest way of consuming THC, the cannabinoid that makes you feel “high,” is by smoking cannabis. When you smoke, the cannabinoids enter your lungs and are then passed directly into your bloodstream. It should also be noted that this consumption method is probably the most damaging to your lungs. There are many ways of smoking cannabis. Some of the most common ways are using of glass bowls (pipes), joints, or blunts.
Glass bowls or pipes are a really easy way of smoking marijuana. You simply pack the marijuana flower into the bowl, light it and inhale. Joints consist of cannabis flower packed into a rolling paper. Blunts are similar, but they are thicker and hold more cannabis flower than joints. Blunts are also rolled with cigar papers instead of regular rolling papers, which means there is nicotine in the wrapper so you might get a head rush if you’re not careful. If you are a beginner level smoker, I would suggest starting to smoke using a bowl and work your way up to blunts, so you can 420 blaze it. Just to make sure to clean your glass pipe on a somewhat regular basis. They get gross fast.
Vaporizing has recently become incredibly popular due to the influx of portable vaporizers that can be easily stashed in pockets or purses and are sleek, clean and simply awesome looking (Pax 2). They are also odorless, are somewhat smoke free and are seen as a healthier alternative to smoking. A perfect way to consume weed! Also, if you are planning a cannabis vacation to Colorado, you can even rent a Silver Surfer table top vaporizer for the duration of your stay. If you book a 420 friendly hotel, you are free to utilize the rental vaporizer in your hotel room. (My, we have come a long way).
Vaporizers can work with marijuana flower, like the Pax 2 or with vaporizing oils. Many of these oils contain up to 80% THC, while flowers typically only contain 5-25% THC. This means that when you are vaporizing with oil, you should proceed with caution.
Edibles are definitely the most delicious way of consuming cannabis. In fact, some edibles can be a bit too delicious, causing you to want to eat the whole thing, but you should definitely consume responsibly after knowing the following facts. When you eat cannabis, the ingestion process is slow and the effects are strong. Edibles are known to “kick in” a minimum of thirty minutes after being consumed, while the peak effects usually do not come until two hours later.
Even more notable is that the effects of edibles can last up to six hours or longer, depending on the weight and consumption use of the person and potency of the edible. You should also be aware of how many milligrams of THC are in the edibles you eat. Remember, the higher the amount of THC, the higher you will get. Typically edibles from dispensaries have serving sizes per dosage, so try to stay away from “home baked” edibles where there is uncertainty about dosage. The best advice for edibles is to start slow and eat very little at a time, especially if you are new to cannabis consumption.
If you don’t want to smoke, eat, or vape your way to getting high, then tinctures are the way to go. Tinctures are liquids that are infused with cannabis compound extracts. You simply use a dropper and apply them directly under your tongue. Tinctures enter the bloodstream immediately, so the effects are fast and easy. Because of the dropper system, the dosage should also be easy to regulate. You can get tinctures in a variety of flavors and potencies that should meet your personal preferences.
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