Smoking weed is now legal for adults across Canada. You can buy weed online or in dispensaries and enjoy it in various ways. Marijuana is one of the safest drugs out there, as well as one of the most enjoyable. Not only does it give you some stimulating euphoric effects, but it’s also amazing for your health. However, there are some things you should know before smoking weed.
There’s nothing to be afraid of for your first time, but you will want to be prepared. Knowing how to get it, how to smoke it, and what to expect will ensure you have a positive experience. Here are 5 important things you should know before smoking weed.
1. How To Buy Weed
Before anything else, you’ll need to get your hands on some weed. In Canada, marijuana is available to buy for any adult 19 years of age or older, or 18 years of age in Quebec and Alberta. You don’t need a medical card or prescription to smoke weed either. All you need is a valid form of ID proving you’re of legal age, such as a driver’s license.
Dispensaries and cannabis stores are now open in many provinces. These provide a range of cannabis strains and products to legally enjoy.
However, many users will prefer to buy weed online. This makes it easy to get weed even for those who don’t have a dispensary nearby. Online sales are also usually cheaper, and you can get them delivered directly to your address for convenience. All marijuana orders are sent with safety and privacy in mind, so you can get your products discreetly.
2. How To Smoke Weed
There are many ways to smoke weed, and beginners might not be sure where to start.
Many users roll their weed into a joint or a spliff. You’ll need a grinder (or scissors) and rolling papers for this. You need to grind your weed up and add around 0.5 grams to a gram to a joint, using a rolled up bit of paper as a roach. You can also add tobacco for easier burning. Beginners might have trouble rolling, but there are guides available online and some stores also offer pre-rolled joints.
For an easier method, you can smoke using a pipe or a bong. All you need to do is put a small chunk of weed into the bowl, light up, and inhale. Not only is this more convenient, but it also gives you a stronger and cleaner high.
There are also alternatives. Those who prefer not to smoke might prefer to vape cannabis. You can also use edibles, oils or other products instead. You might want to look into some of the best ways to consume marijuana for more ideas.
3. The Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid
Weed is categorized into three different types of strains- indica, sativa, and hybrid. This describes the kind of cannabis plants they come from. However, these different categories of strains can also offer contrasting effects.
Indica strains are known for being more relaxing. These will give you a stronger body high, offering deep physical relaxation and a sedative mental effect. Indica strains are ideal for evening or nighttime use. They’ll mellow you out and help you enjoy relaxing on the couch. They’re also good for treating pain, stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
Sativa strains are more stimulating. They offer a sharp mental buzz, improving your mental focus and creativity. They can also make you more energetic and productive, although you’ll also get a soothing body buzz which is good for dealing with pain. These strains are perfect for social use. They’re also useful for alleviating symptoms of depression, fatigue, and anxiety.
Hybrid strains give a balance of both indica and sativa effects. Some lean more towards one side or the other, whereas some are balanced 50:50 or thereabouts. These provide versatile effects making them good for day-round use.
4. How Much Weed Should You Smoke The First Time?
The amount of weed you should smoke the first time depends on a variety of factors. Those with higher weights and larger builds will likely be able to handle more weed than smaller users. However, your tolerance will build with time as you smoke more.
A survey on how much people generally smoke found that marijuana users smoked 0.66 grams on average in a joint. This was lower when smoking from a pipe or joint, usually around 0.39 grams on average as these methods are more potent.
Beginners may want to start lower. However, the good thing about smoking weed is you can stop when you want. Smoking or vaping allows you to take things hit by hit. Effects come on fast, so smoke slowly and stop when you feel high enough.
5. The Effects of Smoking Weed
Beginners often worry about how they’ll feel when smoking weed. The good news is the effects of marijuana are largely positive, providing you don’t go beyond your limits.
Weed makes people feel relaxed, happy, and euphoric. The physically relaxing effects iron out feelings of pain and tension. The mental effects can be uplifting or sedating depending on the strain, but both can be useful for putting you at ease and reducing stress. Other common effects include heightened senses, improved sleep quality, and relief for headaches and nausea.
There are some side effects, but these are generally not too bad. Users often experience a much higher appetite (known as the munchies). Dry eyes and dry mouth are also very common. THC can exacerbate anxiety and paranoia for some people. If you get these negative side effects, it’s best to reduce your dosage in future or in extreme cases, avoid smoking.
There are a few other things you should know before smoking weed. Checking your local laws on where you can smoke and how much you’re able to buy will help. But providing you smoke at home and stay within your limits, you’re likely to have a very positive experience. Marijuana delivers all kinds of positive effects both for recreational and medical purposes. It’s also legal to use country-wide now, so Canadians can try out all kinds of strains and enjoy the effects.