With so many options in the cannabis menu, newbies trying out marijuana may find the variety of choices a bit overwhelming. Here’s a guide on your options if you’re a beginner.
In the bad old days when marijuana was illegal everywhere, you didn’t really have much of a choice when it came to marijuana. Since it was illegal, you couldn’t be too picky with your choices. Nowadays, however, marijuana is legal as medication and even some states allow for the recreational use of marijuana. Sellers today offer cannabis in many forms and you can consume them in a variety of ways.
So, which should you try out if you’re in a state where recreational marijuana is legal? Here’s a quick overview of your basic options:
This is the new term for the traditional “weed”. Despite the many types of cannabis products these days, just about every dispensary will have some marijuana in its classic bud form. Some shops may also offer rolling paper and rolling machines, and you may even find joints already rolled up like cigarettes.
The best shops have workers known as budtenders who can guide your way around the many different specific strains. There are actually 3 basic strains: sativa (or more accurately “sativa-dominant”), indica, and hybrid. The most common belief is that sativa strains are generally more stimulating while the indica-dominant strains are much more relaxing.
So, if you’re curious about the effect of weed for your workout, you may want to stick with sativa strains. If you plan on staying home and watching an entire season of Game of Thrones, go with indica.
This is the go-to option of traditionalists who have been consuming marijuana for years. There’s just something about the ritual of rolling a joint that’s never going to get old. Of course, if you’re an old pro you may have pipes for less waste.
Still, the use of weed is quite nice, especially for group consumption. Passing around a joint is a time-honored practice, much like drinking alcohol with friends. It’s a very social activity and it helps a lot that many people find themselves giggly after taking a few puffs. Jokes suddenly become a lot funnier, even if you tell old ones that the others have heard before.
However, you do need to be tolerant of having smoke in your lungs. If you’ve never tried smoking cigarettes before, this may be a rather tough way to start out with marijuana. The smoke can also be rather annoying for others if you’re in a public place. In fact, you may want to check if it’s legal to smoke a toke if you’re outside your home.
So, try this if you’re already a smoker and you’re in a cannabis café or a private home where you and your friends can relax. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with just enjoying a joint solo while you’re at home reading a book or enjoying a movie. It’s just like enjoying a nice glass of wine or a dram of Scotch.
These are also known as “dabs”, and they may appear as wax or oil. What makes these things different is that the cannabis compounds are much more concentrated. It ‘s like drinking 150-proof alcohol. For this delivery system, you need to buy a special dabbing rig. You even need a butane torch too.
Some weed smokers go for this option when regular joints become a bit too mild as the years pass by. When you’ve developed a tolerance for marijuana smoke so that it takes a lot more to get high, with a concentrate you can get really high in a very short while. Smoking weed can give you about 25% THC (or even lower at 15%). With this setup, you get 85% THC per hit. What this means is that you need to take in a lot less smoke than usual.
This is still great for parties, as using the rig can be quite fun. You feel the effects much quicker too, so everyone is giggle in just a short amount of time. Some say that with dabbing you can actually differentiate the real tastes of various strains.
This isn’t really recommended for newbies though, as it’s like drinking 100-proof bourbon when you haven’t even tasted beer yet. Others liken it to driving a Ferrari when you just got your student driver’s license. It’s very easy to overdo things, plus it can take a while to master the use of the dabbing rig. It may be best to stick with the other methods first.
Weed Oil and Vape Pens
Remember how vape pens came out years before and became a substitute for cigarettes? Today it’s doing the same thing for marijuana joints. You don’t inhale the smoke, because there’s no smoke, to begin with. Instead, the vape pen produces vapor which you breath puff into your mouth.
This time, you buy weed oil which uses vegetable oil or coconut oil mixed with the cannabis extract. You just put in a cartridge in the vape pen and you’re good to go. Press a button and puff. You have lots of options when it comes to cartridges as well as vape pens, so again a knowledgeable guide in the shop will be a great help for you.
It’s not exactly discreet as well, so it’s not really for use out in public or at work. Better stick to parties or home use with this one, and it’s best if you have some experience with marijuana first before you try this one out.
This is for non-smokers who like the discreet and portable features of this type of delivery system. You won’t have to bring along a large bag of weed, and instead, you can carry weed cartridges and a nice small vape pen. There isn’t any smoke to bother the people around you either.
In theory, it should be legal to use your vape pen if you’re in a place where it’s also legal to use an e-cigarette. You can just subtly take a hit off your vape pen even while you’re in a park. You don’t even have to worry about lighting up while it’s windy since the vape pen lets you press a button to light up the weed cartridge.
The main advantage of this method is that you can enjoy a puff without anyone around you noticing. If you want to keep things private, then go with this method. It’s quick and easy, and great for short breaks when you don’t have time to roll a joint.
One of the classic effects of marijuana is that you suddenly “get the munchies”. That is, you find yourself craving food. It does make sense to just mix marijuana with food instead. This is another classic form of marijuana, especially when mixed with brownies.
Nowadays though, marijuana can be mixed with just about anything. You now have a veritable grocery range to choose from. You can find marijuana edibles such as cakes and other baked goods, or even chocolates and candy. In fact, there’s even a marijuana-infused pizza available.
If you’re a great cook, you now have a terrific new ingredient to play around with. You can find out how the taste of a particular weed oil can mix with your classic recipes.
Whether you buy the edibles already infused with marijuana or you prepare the dishes yourself when it comes to taste there are 2 options. You can have the taste front and center, and if you’re a connoisseur you may even be able to differentiate the tastes of particular strains. The other option is to mix other ingredients that mask or overpower the taste of weed.
You’re not limited to food either. Marijuana can be found in drinks as well. You can enjoy your cannabis mixed in with your tea or even coffee. Even cocktails can have marijuana mixed in with the alcohol.
This also another excellent delivery system for social gatherings, and it’s great for those who can’t tolerate smoke. However, this is an option that’s viable only for those who have the patience to wait for the effects to occur. The effects won’t be instantaneous, which is why this isn’t recommended for those taking medical marijuana for pain relief.
The cannabis compounds have to first pass through your digestive system before it enters your bloodstream, and that can take a while. You’re lucky if you feel the effects in just 30 minutes or so. For some, the effect can be felt almost 2 hours later.
The main problem with this delivery method is gauging the dosage. You can’t be entirely sure how much marijuana you’ve consumed. In addition, because the effects take so long to occur you may be tempted to eat too much and you may consume too much. You may end up overdoing it.
If you’re new, do some research on the more reputable manufacturers which offer accurate doses on their packaging labels. Then you can start with an edible with a dosage of just 10 mg (or even 5 mg). wait for at least 90 minutes before you start with marijuana edibles again. In the meantime, you can stick with regular food and drinks.
This is basically marijuana you absorb through the skin. The category encompasses oils, balms, and body washes, though patches (similar to nicotine patches) are also included in this grouping.
This is very rarely used for recreational purposes and social gatherings. Instead, it’s a favorite among medical marijuana users who apply it for localized pain. If you have aches and soreness in a particular joint or muscle, just apply it. In less than an hour, the pain goes away. That’s fun in a way, but not really “party time” fun.
Most of these balms contain very little THC as well, and some of the CBD oils you can use as a balm come from hemp. That means it contains no more than 0.3% THC. But there are some options that also contain THC, for those who like to use it for both pain relief and for a bit of a high.
This is best for older users, who generally tend to feel aches and pains in specific parts of the body as the years pass. Just apply it to your bad back or whatever, and say goodbye to the pain. It’s simple to use, with no need for any special rig or device. If you want quicker results, stick with the patches as the cannabis compounds can quickly go through the skin and enter your bloodstream. If you’ve used nicotine patches before, then you know how quickly these things work.
The balms do tend to smoke like a weed, so people may look at you funny if you use it and then go out in public. Athletes may also want to think carefully about using these, especially those who are involved in official leagues. Many sports bodies ban the use of marijuana, as it is considered a performance-enhancing drug-like anabolic steroid.
If you do want to try this method, rub the marijuana balm on your feet and then put some socks on. This method keeps the smell of weed in so you can go out in public without people knowing you’ve been partaking. The effect is a nice soothing overall feeling of wellness, and that’s always nice.
Some people may disapprove of the recreational use of marijuana, but in fairness, this is actually better than indulging in alcohol or cigarettes. The death rates for alcohol and cigarettes are astronomical compared to the use of marijuana.
Just take some common-sense precautions before you try it out. Start with a small dose at first, and stay at home for your first time. Talk with experts about the strains a newbie can try out, and learn how to consume the marijuana safely. You can have fun without hurting yourself!