5 Tips for Cannabis Beginners

So you’re curious about cannabis but unsure of where to start. Well, congratulations for taking the first step toward this magical plant! We understand it’s intimidating if you’re brand new to the cannabis space, and it can be a little bit hard to navigate.  As a first-timer, you'll likely have lots of questions before giving cannabis a try. We will be sharing information, tips, and recommendations in our blog space, so stay tuned!

1. Vape pens are a great way to start.  

Vape pens are easy on the throat and lungs, and doses are controllable. These pens require no setup! Directly attach the cartridge, and depending on the pen, you would either active it by pressing a button or simply inhaling. Vaporizing is easier on your lungs and easier to dose conservatively, as the effect is felt within 10 to 15 minutes.  It is very discreet and does not leave aroma behind.

2. Start small.

The biggest mistake anyone can make on their new cannabis journey is starting with too much.  We recommend 2.5 to 5 mg of THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis) to start. This is typically one or two draws on a standard vape pen.

3. Tinctures are also great for beginners.

The effects of tinctures are felt quicker than edibles.  Just put a few drops (or more, depending on your tolerance) under your tongue for 30 seconds, then swallow.  If you’re looking for a non-psychoactive effect, CBD (a non-psychoactive compound know for its anti-inflammatory properties) tinctures are readily available to help with pain relief, anxiety, and other conditions.

4. Always read the dose info on the packaging of your edibles. 

Drinks, gummies, mints, cookies, chips, brownies, and so on, you'll find an incredible array of edibles at your local dispensaries. With edibles, it’s better to be safe and start with a low dose (2.5mg to 5mg) and be patient. Because of the digestive process, edibles take much longer to kick in and can have intense psychoactive effects.  Always read the packaging so you understand exactly how much THC is in your portion.

5. Too much cannabis?  

If you ever start to feel “too high,” overwhelmed, or uncomfortable, there are a few things you can do to counteract this feeling. First, don’t panic and try and stay calm. There are no lasting effects, the feeling of being too high will dissipate. You can try going for a walk, take a bath and try to distract yourself. Try Hydrating and snacking. Drinking lots of water to helps combat dry mouth while snacking will feel you feel more grounded. CBD tinctures can help counteract the psychoactive feeling.  Have black pepper handy. By smelling or chewing them, black pepper is known to help relieve the symptoms instantly.