So you’re thinking of trying medical marijuana for the first time? It could be the relief you’ve been searching for all along, but only if you take steps to make sure your first experience is a success. Unfortunately, THC can cause some startling effects if you aren’t prepared, so the experience will be best if you have an idea of what to expect.
Everyone is different, but gathering all of the medical marijuana information available will help you make informed decisions about your health. The first thing to know and live by is to start with a low dose and if you decide you need more, add slowly.
There is no way to predict exactly what you’ll feel during your first time using medical marijuana. There are many variables including strain, consumption method, and form of marijuana you try. Along with relief and euphoric feelings, there can be some effects that make you feel uneasy at first. You can expect THC to affect your short-term memory, coordination, learning, problem-solving, and involuntary muscle movements.
The most basic breakdown of cannabis strains is sativa, indica, and hybrids. When trying marijuana for the first time, get a budtender at Las Vegas ReLeaf to help you find a strain that fits your needs. Would you like to feel sleepy and relaxed, energized and productive, or a bit in the middle?
The sativa form of cannabis is going to taste a little more earthy than indica flowers. It’s great for daytime use, so it tends to be a favorite among medical marijuana patients who need relief from symptoms while remaining productive. Sativa strains are known to provide specific relief from depression, fatigue, and other mood disorders.
As you may have guessed, indica strains provide less energizing effects than sativa strains. Indica plants have a lighter flavor when smoked and usually have higher levels of THC. The effects of indica strains are more sedative. You can expect a relaxing, full-body high that is especially effective for pain management, insomnia, anxiety, muscle spasms, and nausea.
When cannabis growers were forced to move their efforts inside to avoid prosecution, they lost the perfect growing environment provided by sun and earth. However, they gained a much more controlled growing environment which led to experimentation. From experimentation came crosses of sativa and indica strains known as hybrids. Hybrid strains can be more indica or sativa dominant, while some are a 50/50 blend that provide users with the benefits of each while minimizing negative effects.
Hybrids are especially effective for medical marijuana patients who need medical benefits of an indica, but need to remain alert when using. The sativa portion of the hybrid works to outweigh the “couch lock” indica strains can bring.
Once upon a time, using cannabis consisted of drying out the flower, breaking it down, lighting it up, and smoking. If that wasn’t your cup of tea, marijuana just wasn’t for you. You are the beneficiary of years of pothead innovation, my friend. The consumption methods available now are nearly endless. Since you probably won’t be fashioning an apple into a pipe the first time you smoke, we’ll just cover the basics.
The classic, movie star of marijuana consumption methods is the joint. All that is required is your medical marijuana and rolling papers. We do not recommend smoking a joint the first time you try marijuana. The smoke is very harsh. For someone unfamiliar with marijuana smoke, it can lead to coughing and consuming a higher dose than intended.
A bong is a complicated-looking device with a really simple use. Your marijuana is lit, smoke goes through water inside the bong, smoke builds up in the air in the bong, then you inhale the smoke. Simple as that! The water helps remove toxins and particles in the smoke as it passes through. It also cools the smoke which makes it much easier to inhale without irritation.
Pipes come in many shapes and sizes and provide a gentle, cool smoke while holding back ash. The bowl at the end holds the marijuana, the user lights it and inhales the smoke through the pipe. Pipes, like bongs, work to cool smoke down before the user inhales it. The longer the pipe is, the more successfully it cools smoke.
Vaporizers are the most recent consumption devices to gain popularity. Unlike joints, bongs, and pipes, vapes allow medical marijuana patients to use concentrates. Along with a larger variety of cannabis form options, vapes provide a more discreet way to consume cannabis. The output of smoke has a minimized skunk smell which is a real plus for patients needing to medicate throughout the day.
Vapes also heat the plant to a temperature that is just below the point of combustion. This minimizes the release of toxic by-products associated with smoking marijuana.
Flowers are the most common form of medical marijuana. It can be smoked through any of the methods mentioned here. Smoking the flower allows users to feel effects pretty quickly while also enjoying the taste and smell of specific strains.
Edibles are food and drinks infused with cannabis. When using edibles, it’s important to consume a very small amount and wait an hour to feel its effects. The “high” lasts longer than with any other marijuana form, but it takes longer to feel. It typically only takes a small bite of an edible to feel an adequate effect.
Wax, shatter, honeycomb, whatever term you’ve heard, it’s a concentrate. Tinctures are also concentrates that are used differently than a “dabbable concentrate.” Tinctures are a liquid cannabis extract that eliminate the negative health effects associated with smoking. The cannabis is immediately absorbed, but it takes time to process through the liver, so be sure to start with a low dose and wait a while.
Waxes and shatters are very high in THC and are typically consumed by dabbing. Las Vegas ReLeaf only accepts concentrates that are properly strained and have listed the amount of THC and CBD in each concentrated cannabis. Highly potent forms of medical marijuana can be intimidating, so you can be confident you’ll know exactly what you’re getting with waxes and shatters from Las Vegas ReLeaf.
Come by our medical marijuana dispensary close to the Strip to ask questions and gain confidence about trying cannabis. Explore our list of the best medical marijuana strains for first time users, and we’ll work to find which one will provide you with the relief you need.