As cannabis becomes legal in more states, an increasing number of people want to try it. If you’re interested in trying cannabis for the first time, you probably want to know what to expect. Understanding cannabis effects will help prepare you for the experience. When you know what you might experience, you’re less likely to become nervous and more likely to enjoy yourself.

Different Forms Have Different Effects

It’s important you research the various cannabis forms available prior to trying one. In addition to flower, cannabis is available in vape oils, sublingual tinctures, candies, smokeable wax, and even topical lotions. Different forms lead to different cannabis effects.

Smokeable and Vapeable Cannabis

When you smoke or vape cannabis, you experience psychoactive effects within minutes. Smoking from a bong or water pipe is known to produce a more intense psychoactive effect than smoking from a regular pipe or joint.

Smokeable concentrates such as wax, shatter, and batter generally have a stronger effect than smoking flower or vaping vape oils. They also tend to kick in faster, sometimes instantly. Concentrates aren’t the best options for your first time because of their intensity.

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Edible Cannabis

Edible cannabis takes longer to kick in because your body must digest it first. The effects of edibles tend to last much longer, however, with some people experiencing “highs” lasting several hours. Therefore, edibles can also have a stronger effect on the body than smoked cannabis.

If you aren’t interested in smoking but also don’t want to experience the stronger cannabis effects associated with edibles, sublingual tinctures might be a good choice. You drop the liquid tincture below your tongue, where it is absorbed. Tinctures provide a way of taking cannabis orally without having the drawn-out experience that often accompanies edibles.

You Might Become Happy, Hungry, or Sleepy

Surely you’ve heard stereotypes or seen movies in which people ingest cannabis. What often happens is they laugh a lot, eat a lot, then fall asleep. Not every cannabis experience follows this trajectory. Still, the stereotypes are based in truth.

When you try cannabis for the first time, it’s a good idea to do so in the company of someone you enjoy. You might also want to have snacks on hand, in case cannabis sparks your appetite. Also, don’t try cannabis on a day that you have somewhere to be. Since you don’t know exactly how it’ll affect you, it’s best to try it on a day your schedule is clear.

If you’re trying flower, you’ll want to know if it’s Sativa, Indica, or a hybrid. Sativas tend to affect your mind, while Indicas tend to affect your body, and hybrids fall somewhere in-between. Of course, this is a generalization. Furthermore, dispensary staff are knowledgable and can help you identify the type of flower that will have the effect you desire most.

“Start Low, Go Slow”

“Start low, go slow” is a piece of medical advice that applies to cannabis, even if you’re using it recreationally. Start with a low amount, observe how your body reacts, and slowly increase your intake as you feel comfortable doing so.

Cannabis affects everyone differently. Although reading guides can be useful, the best way to learn about cannabis is to experience it for yourself. Starting low and going slow will help you do so in a way that is safe and comfortable.