Marijuana legalization is favored by 61% of Americans. While federal legalization won’t happen anytime soon, nine states and Washington D.C. permit recreational use. Plus, another 29 states allow medical marijuana.
This growing acceptance is causing a boom in marijuana products, including weed edibles.
Sales are exploding across the country. Legal pot sales are expected to grow by a staggering 45% this year.
As legal pot enters the mainstream, many adults are enjoying the benefits of weed, even those who hate smoking.
Ways to Enjoy Pot Without Smoking
There are several ways to enjoy weed legally that don’t require inhaling smoke.
Vaporizers produce vapor because the weed doesn’t touch the heating element. Rather, the air around the plant heats up.
Concentrates can be many products, but at its most basic definition, it comes in the form of waxes and oils. They’re potent and can be used in vaporizers to avoid smoke.
Topicals are absorbed through the skin. They come as lotions and oils. But this high is different. It makes your body feel soothed and relaxed.
Tinctures are another concentrate made by extracting compounds using alcohol. You use this in a dropper and add it to mixers (like salad dressings) or on your tongue.
Edibles are cannabis-infused foods, which are much more diverse than just pot brownies. There are several ways to consume weed edibles.
Why Weed Edibles
You can ingest pot through solid foods and even beverages. Examples of weed edibles include elixirs, coffee, baked goods, and candies.
There are several reasons weed edibles are gaining popularity.
Healthy Alternative to Smoking
Smoking anything is bad for your respiratory system. It can also be uncomfortable and cause coughing.
Even smoking pot introduces carcinogens to your lungs. Ingesting pot, on the other hand, does not have these negative effects on your respiratory system.
Smoking is common practice for medicinal marijuana users. The main reason is because smoking provides rather immediate relief, but it doesn’t last long.
However, when you ingest weed, you experience a more intense, longer full body high as compared to smoking. Smoking is estimated to last one to two hours, whereas ingesting lasts from four to six hours.
This is especially helpful if you struggle with appetite, which is why chemotherapy patients often use weed edibles.
It also helps with stomach pains and menstrual cramps.
Research from the National Cancer Institute found that cannabinoid receptors in the brain and other parts of the nervous system are likely involved in controlling anxiety and general mood.
Also, several animal tests show that cannabidiol (CBD) have anti-anxiety effects.
Aside from getting high, you also get a lot of valuable nutrients from the cannabis plant.
Raw leaves are high in vitamin K and C, iron, calcium, fiber, and folate. When it’s cooked, it also provides several antioxidants.
As you can see, there are many benefits to ingesting pot. But before getting started, you need to know what you’re doing.
Tips for Trying Weed Edibles for Beginners
Bad first experiences are far too common because consumers don’t do their research first. It’s important to know how to make the most out of your experience.
Before You Ingest
Eating pot creates a unique experience. You need to prepare before you start experimenting with edibles.
1. Know Your Metabolism
The problem most newbies have with weed edibles — they eat too much, too fast.
This is caused by the fact that it takes a long time for the effects to hit. Remember, your body is digesting and metabolizing the pot.
This takes time. It gets absorbed in the stomach, then passes through your digestive tract to your liver. This is where your body breaks down the THC so it can enter your bloodstream.
Here’s the basic rule of thumb:
- Faster metabolism — estimated to take an hour
- Slower metabolism — about two hours or more
2. Schedule Your Day
Prepare for several hours of feeling high, depending on your dosage. If you’re the type to feel overwhelmed when you’re high, avoid public areas. And nobody who is high should be driving.
Plan to stay in a safe place, and invite experienced and sober friends to stay with you.
3. Eat and Hydrate
Just as you would before drinking, you need a good meal and water beforehand.
4. Do Your Research
Shop at a legitimate dispensary, and find lab tested edibles with labels that clearly state dosages.
Because it’s still illegal at a federal level, weed edibles and other pot products are not subject to FDA regulations. There are not any standards.
Only buy from companies that use proper packaging and clear labels. These places take the steps to be consistent in dosage and quality and strive to be both safe and honest.
When You Ingest
You made your plans and did your research. Now it’s time to enjoy your edibles in a safe, fun way.
5. Start Low, Go Slow
This motto is straightforward and easy to follow. It’s commonly recommended to start with an edible that has no more than 10mg of THC in it.
Some people advise a dose of 2.5 to 5mg for the first time.
After starting low on the dosage, remember to keep your pace slow. Always wait two hours before taking another dose. Otherwise, you might eat more and then the high will fully kick in.
While nobody has ever died from a cannabis-related ‘overdose,’ you can feel sick and too high. This is uncomfortable and can last for several hours.
6. In Case You Get Too High
Some people panic and run to the emergency room, but this is typically not necessary. There are no toxic levels of THC.
Only seek medical attention if there are other factors, like if the consumer has a heart condition.
The best way to handle eating too much weed — get some rest. Lay down, drink plenty of water, and simply sleep it off.
Making Your Own Weed Edibles
Purchasing quality edibles from a dispensary makes dosing much easier. However, buying weed edibles can be pricey.
Consider making your own. Here’s the step-by-step process:
1. Know Your Strains
It can be overwhelming when you read through all the different kinds of strains. Keep it simple by following this motto:
Indicas to meditate, sativas to stimulate.
If you’re looking to manage fatigue, purchase sativa strains. For managing your pain and anxiety or for relaxation, try indicas.
2. Choose a High-Quality Strain of Weed
Consult local budtenders at your closest dispensary. They can show you what’s best for baking.
3. Bake Your Plant Material
Next, you need to bake your pot. This is also called decarboxylating.
While it sounds complicated, it’s actually quite simple. All you need to do is bake your finely ground plant material at about 240 degrees for 25 minutes to an hour.
You will need to bake it longer if you’re using a lot of weed.
This process concentrates the bud, converting the cannabinoids to THC.
4. Make Cannabis Butter
This is a main staple in the most popular weed edibles, like brownies, cookies, and cakes. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 lb. unsalted butter
- 1 – 2 oz. high quality decarboxylated weed
Directions: Put butter and water in a pot and boil on low heat. When the butter melts, add the ground weed, then simmer for a few hours.
Stir throughout the simmer to ensure the mixture doesn’t boil.
5. Get Creative
Now you have weed butter, which you can use and store just like regular butter.
You can also make other weed edibles by making cannabis oils. This is a simple infusion process.
- 1 cup of oil of your choice (coconut, olive, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
- 1 cup of high quality decarboxylated weed
Directions: Add ingredients into a slow cooker. Simmer for eight to 12 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Let the oil cool inside the slow cooker.
Place cheesecloth in a bowl, and pour plant material into the cloth. Tie a string around the cheesecloth, then squeeze the oil out with your hands.
Store the oil in a mason jar or container, then let it cool in the fridge. Use the weed oil as you would use any other oil.
Make the most of your marijuana experience.
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Nowadays, there are a lot of new places you’re allowed to get high.
Washington, California, Oregon, Maine, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Vermont now all have legal recreational marijuana. Many other states have medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription.
With all these new places to use, many people are starting to use weed for the first time. Maybe you’re a little nervous about your first high. This article will walk you through the process and give you ten tips to have an awesome time.
1. Use Legally
Sorry to start with a damper, but you do want to make sure you’re using weed legally.
While the highs can be awesome, make sure you’re not breaking the law. Even if it’s your first time having weed, you may have to pay up to $1,000 fine and can be sentenced to up to a year in jail.
Make sure you’re using marijuana in a safe and legal way or you won’t end up having a very good time.
2. Use With an Experienced Friend
Getting high for the first time can be a great experience, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you may need some help. If you have friends that have smoked before, ask for their expertise.
It may be a little awkward to ask, but don’t be afraid to. If you don’t ask, your first high might not go quite as you planned. Having someone with you who knows what they’re doing can make the experience a lot better for you and can help keep you safe.
Also, while it may feel a little selfish, don’t feel bad asking your friend to stay sober for your first time. They’ll be a better support for you if they’re not blazed too. If they’re not willing, find another friend who is.
3. Use Good Weed For Your First High
While it seems like a no-brainer, you want to use good weed from someone you trust. Sometimes weed can be laced with other substances like crack. This is never great, but it can make your first high a horrible experience.
Buying from a dispensary or store is your best option for good quality safe weed. Wherever you get it though, make sure your first weed comes from someone you trust.
One more tip: good weed smells good. If your marijuana doesn’t smell like you think it should ask a friend if you’ve got good enough stuff.
4. Use in a Safe Place
Once you’re an experienced pothead, you can use weed anywhere (as long as it’s legal), but for your first time, you should be in a safe, familiar, comfortable place. A lot of people don’t realize that a good high is mostly due to the setting and activities, not the weed itself.
Whether it’s your basement, your friend’s house, or just a chill party, make sure you feel comfortable and safe.
One great place to try weed is outside. Being high can make looking at the stars or a beautiful landscape that much better. There’s not too much to see and enjoy in the average living room.
5. Have Your Equipment Ready
Smoking weed requires a few things that you may not be familiar with. This is where having a friend with supplies can come in handy. They can also teach you how to use the paraphernalia.
You will want to have a pipe, bong, apple, water bottle, and lighter handy. Water is good to have on hand too, in case the smoke bothers your lungs.
Also, don’t forget your snacks! A bag of Doritos is a must.
6. Do Something Fun
During your first high, make sure you do something fun.
All five of your senses will be heightened. You will also feel closer to your friends. Don’t waste the opportunity to experience life to the fullest while you’re in an altered state.
We’ve already mentioned getting high outside. Nature is more real and vivid when you’re stoned. Watching TV or a movie can be a fun experience. Cartoons and The Office will seem funnier and colors will be more vivid.
Whatever you do, enjoy it. Don’t let your first high pass while you stare at your ceiling alone.
7. Listen to Music
Music can be its own high. Listening to it when you’re actually high is an awesome experience.
The type of music you choose doesn’t really matter, just pick something you like. Pay attention to the rhythm and the intricacies of the tune. Trust me, it will sound completely different than it has before.
8. Talk to Your Friends
The general stereotype is that you’re an idiot while you’re stoned. Not always true though. Marijuana lets you be creative and think in different ways.
While you’re high, talk with your friends about the deeper topics. How can you create world peace? Which came first the chicken or the egg? If we didn’t start the fire, then who did?
9. Be Patient as You Come Down
As the marijuana starts to wear off, you will feel tired. Don’t be worried if you can’t do anything but sleep for a few hours.
You may also be having random and funny thoughts as you come down. Don’t worry. Imagining mating ligers or what teachers do on Christmas Break isn’t unusual.
10. Get Help if the High Isn’t Right
If at any point, you start feeling panicky or have strong physical symptoms, get help. You’re probably just having a bad trip, but asking for help can only make it better.
If things are not going well, take a few deep breaths and imagine your calm space (we’ve all tried those meditation tricks, right?). You might want to try eating something or taking a nap. This can help lessen the effects of the weed and help you come down a little.
Someone more experienced then you can probably tell if you’re actually having a medical problem too. If your heart is beating fast or you’re having trouble breathing, you might need medical help.
This is another reason you should not have your first high alone.
Now that you know how to have a great first high, it’s time to check out some other weed info in order to stay as informed as possible.
This site is a great start on your journey. Just make sure to make safe decisions!
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There are now 29 states that have allowed opening and operating cannabis dispensaries of some kind.
In more than half of all U.S. states, it’s possible to walk into a sort of pharmacy with a prescription for marijuana and leave with legal cannabis. However, finding the right cannabis dispensary is vital in managing your symptoms.
When you’re sick and overcoming an illness, you don’t want to have to worry about side effects of conventional medications. Some people will put up with troubling side effects because they feel they have no other choice. Thankfully, cannabis offers few side effects and is now being used to treat many aches, pains, inflammations, and types of cancer.
If you’re looking for the right cannabis dispensary in your region, here are the five things to look at when assessing different sellers.
1. Location Matters
Finding the best dispensary relies heavily on where you’re located. If you’re in a state that has one set of laws but the closest dispensary is across state lines, you might want to watch out. You could be subject to trafficking laws just for getting a product that’s legal in both states.
Another issue is that you never know when you’ll have an emergency. Sometimes we’ll run out of our medication or our recreational stash at inconvenient times. Having to drive an hour out of the way for your cannabis products can be a real pain.
Your dispensary should get to know you after awhile, and, you should feel like you’re getting personal service each time.
Find a place that’s both local and serves people with your needs. If they don’t seem interested in catering to your area, find a dispensary who welcomes your business.
2. Make Sure Your Insurance Works
If you’re picking up medicinal cannabis, you should ensure that it’s covered under your insurance plan. If it is, check to see that your insurance is accepted ad your dispensary. Getting all the way to the dispensary, choosing your products, and then finding out they don’t accept your insurance at check out is irritating.
Call your insurance company to see what kind of help they can offer. They might have a pre-checked list of dispensaries that take their insurance.
Contact your dispensary to see what they can offer. If they don’t accept insurance, they might be able to recommend a dispensary that does. Having to pay for medication out of pocket is stressful, but might be necessary depending on who your provider is.
3. Check Out Their Strains
Finding the right cannabis dispensary could depend on what kinds of products they have in stock from day to day. Once you find the right strain for what you need, it can be hard to feel comfortable using any other strain.
Make sure you have a fundamental understanding of the differences between a sativa and an indica strain. Each strain will treat different symptoms and lead to a difference in how you experience your high.
Indica strains can help increase your appetite and help for you to deal with anxiety issues. If you get a hybrid, you’ll need to know how much indica is in the strain to know how your body will deal with it.
If you’re trying to deal with a lack of focus or depression, sativa is the strain for you. Sativas are for people who do creative work. While indica will relax your body and put you in the position to rest, sativa activates your mind and help you break through any creative roadblocks.
If you’d prefer the best of both, ask about hybrids. Most will lean more heavily on one style than the other. Your dispensary staff should be able to make an informed recommendation.
4. Find Some Knowledgeable People
The best thing that your dispensary can offer is an informed perspective on what to do when you’re first getting your prescription. The first time you walk into a dispensary can be overwhelming. Getting to know some trusted staff can make all the difference.
Make sure the medical staff on hand have degrees from accredited institutions. If you feel like your doctor doesn’t know what they’re talking about, move on politely to either another staff member or another dispensary.
Check Yelp to find reviews about the dispensary you’re headed to. As more than 80% of people now trust Yelp as much as they trust recommendations from friends, dispensaries make sure to manage their public profiles. Anything that you find online has surely been vetted and cross-examined by staff.
That’s what makes online reviews both useful and sometimes not very useful. You might only find the very best reviews, or you might find reviews made by people with an ax to grind.
Be sure to trust your own instincts above all.
5. Look For Alternatives, CBD, or Edibles
Make sure that your chosen cannabis dispensary has lots of options available beyond simple herbed cannabis. You might find that you don’t want to smoke to medicate and instead prefer a cannabinoid or CBD oil.
Some oils can offer all the medicinal aspects of marijuana without any of the side effects of getting “high.” You might need to drive to work or operate heavy machinery. Taking the right strain of oil will allow you to go to work without worrying about being under the influence.
Some people prefer to use edibles instead of smoked cannabis. Edibles offer a different experience and should be taken carefully. However, they can be beneficial in dealing with stress and tension.
A Cannabis Dispensary Needs To Suit Your Needs
You know you’ve found the right cannabis dispensary when you feel like they’re listening to you. They should be aware of the specific issue you’re trying to deal with and know a solution that can help. The professionals staffing dispensaries know what the best strain is for a headache.
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The legal cannabis market is expanding due to new medical discoveries and successful tax legislation. With that comes a wave of consumers who are either brand new to smoking or haven’t smoked for a very long time.
You may have heard phrases like, “Don’t bogart the joint!” or “Puff, puff, pass!” But do you know what they mean?
And how about all that smoke session lingo? How are you supposed to know what to do when someone tells you that you’re parked in the grass or that the bowl is cherried?
While the terminology may vary from location to location, there are some core principals behind every polite smoke session.
Read on to learn what you need to know to ensure you have the etiquette necessary to blaze with Snoop himself with ease, were that blessing ever to be bestowed on you.
First, Don’t Talk While it’s Your Rotation
When you are sitting in a smoker’s circle, you will most likely be passing around a joint or a blunt. If this is the case, that means that it will be constantly burning until the end of the smoke session.
Usually, rotations are about three or four people. That means that for about three-quarters of the smoke session, you won’t be in possession of the joint. During that time you can speak freely and emphatically.
But during the other quarter, you will be responsible for the amount of joint burned while you were holding it.
If you are smoking with someone and start talking with the joint in your hand, then they are watching smoke that could have been in their lungs be wasted.
Of course, trying not to talk is very difficult for some people and getting stoned doesn’t usually make it any better. But, try to be aware as much as possible.
If you are with a group of people and they think you are committing this particular infraction, they might say something to you like, “You’re parked in the grass.” to be polite.
Second, Two Hits Only
Two of the most famous smoker’s lingo phrases came from the principal of how often you should pass a joint in a rotation.
The first is, “Puff, puff, pass”. This is the basic rule for smoking with any group. When you are handed the joint, you are allowed to hit it twice before passing it to the next person.
Side note: When you pass, you should, “Pass the dutchie on the left-hand side.” While you may have thought that was just song lyrics, it’s actually used as a general rule in most smoking circles.
The second principle is, “Don’t bogart that joint!” Bogarting refers to taking more than your share of hits or keeping the joint to yourself for too long.
Even if it’s your weed that is being smoked, you should never take more than two hits at a time in a group of more than two people. It’s a courtesy and if you want people to smoke you out in the future, you should observe it.
If there are just two people smoking, then you may decide to just hit it as many times as you both want.
Most people don’t have the tolerance to go hit for hit on an entire joint with just one other person so there will be plenty to go around and it can be more relaxing to pass less often.
Third, Pay Attention to the Cherry
If you are smoking out of a bong or bowl with other people, then you have different concerns than when smoking a joint.
Once you have hit a bowl a couple times, you will start to notice a bright red glow at the center of the bowl. Many people refer to this as the cherry.
Ideally, when you hit a bowl, you wouldn’t want it to ever get cherried. The only time it is ever good is when you have a lot of people in your rotation that can take hits really quickly.
Once weed becomes cherried, it burns much more quickly and starts igniting everything around it. Most people in a smoking circle can’t move fast enough to make cherrying a bowl worth it.
If someone hands you a bowl that is cherried, you can try to tap it with the butt end of a lighter a couple times to stamp out some of the impact your hit will have on the rest of the bowl.
Forth, Corner the Bowl During the Smoke Session
You need to go into lighting a bowl with the mindset that you want to burn as little marijuana as possible. While some people are tempted to ‘torch’ a bowl and get a big hit, it’s generally very bad etiquette.
This is because there are trichomes that cover the very outside of the marijuana that is very psychoactive. When you torch the bowl, you are burning up that outer coating all at once and not leaving any for anyone else.
Instead, you should place the lighter as if you were going to light the side of the bowl and then just burn a small corner. This will maintain green in the bowl until the end so every hit has some good taste to it.
Last, Don’t Blow Into a Bong or Bubbler
This happens more often than most would think. Bongs and bubblers both have water in them and if you blow into it, the water will have to come out the holes in the opposite direction.
This would either be the carb (the small hole on the side of the bowl) or the bowl itself, which is even worse. Soaking a bowl or spreading bong water everywhere would be a bad way to spend your session.
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Now that you have learned the proper etiquette for a smoke session, you can feel comfortable with whoever asks you to light up.
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