Getting high for the first time can be really intimidating.

What should you smoke? How should you consume? What if I get too high?

These are all very valid questions. Continue reading as we have compiled a list of 13 questions every newbie wants to know before lighting up.

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1. How much should you smoke?

It is always best to start small and work your way up. Whether you are smoking a bowl or eating an edible, your high will increase with time. Getting too high on your first attempt will ruin the experience and possibly make you too scared to try again. Start with one or two hits or a small edible and if you want more, increase with time.

And when we say time, we don’t mean five minutes. When smoking marijuana, you are most likely to begin feeling the effects anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Edibles can take as long as 2 hours to fully feel the effects. For your first time, we recommend that you wait up to an hour before taking another hit, and up to two hours before trying another edible.

Consuming small amounts your first few times will help eliminate any uncomfortable anxious or nervous feelings.

2. What strain should you smoke?

There are many different cannabis strains you can choose from at your local Seattle marijuana store. Each strain has a different effect when consumed, based primarily on ratios of CBD and THC, though other factors can influence your experience as well.

Think about the outcome you’re hoping for. Do you want a calm, relaxing experience or more of an upbeat, energizing high? Are you looking for pain relief? An aid for insomnia?

Talk to an expert budtender. They’re going to ensure you are purchasing the best cannabis for your goals. With a very wide variety of strains available at Diego Pellicer, Seattle’s top marijuana retailer, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.

3. What does it feel like to be high?

That’s actually a difficult question to answer, as it depends on quite a few variables. Most consumers tend to feel happy and giggly their first time. Some people may get tired or hungry, while others may feel anxious. All of our bodies and minds are different, and this means that what causes a stream of endless giggles in your friend, may make you feel creative and focused.

Another important factor that determines how you experience a high is the strain. There are three primary strain types: indica, sativa, and hybrid. Each strain produces different results.

In general, a sativa based strain will cause an energizing, uplifting, cerebral high. Indica based strains are known to give users a sleepy, relaxed, calming body high. Hybrids can be anywhere in between.

Some common sensations people experience when high include:

  • Feelings of contentment and happiness (called euphoria)
  • Increased silliness
  • Creativity
  • Improved focus and attention
  • Increased energy
  • Increased appetite
  • Heavy body due to deep relaxation
  • Reduced stress or anxiety
  • Increased nervousness or anxiety
  • Sleepiness

4. Where should you smoke?

First of all, make sure you’re somewhere legal. When cannabis was legalized, a lot of people assumed that meant you can smoke anywhere you want. This is absolutely not the case. It is illegal to smoke on public property. This includes parks, businesses (like ours), and anywhere that is considered a public location. You may only legally smoke marijuana in a private residence. We recommend your home or the home of someone close to you.

Second, make sure you choose a location in which you feel extremely comfortable. This should be a place where you can move freely around and won’t be upset or embarrassed if you experience an intense ride.

Choosing the right location will help keep you relaxed and avoid any uncomfortable or paranoid feelings while high.

5. Does the price/quality really matter?

Skip the low-grade bud for your first try. Mid-grade or higher is best at all times, but especially for your first time. Again, talk to your budtender. You can get some great bud for a decent price, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Whether you are shopping for a pre-rolled joint, flower, oil, or an edible, your budtender can give you some great recommendations that can fit any budget. Don’t be afraid to ask for help — that’s why they’re there!

6. When should you smoke?

Time of day doesn’t really matter when it comes to lighting up. What’s important is picking a time when you can relax, have nowhere to be, and nothing planned for at least several hours. Again, you never know how you’ll react to having a clear schedule will ensure plenty of time to come off the high if needed.

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7. Pipe, bong, joint, or edible — how should you consume?

As a first-timer, a joint may be the easiest method of consumption. Don’t know how to roll a joint? Check out our “How to Roll a Joint Like the Professor” article here. If smoking a joint or from a bong, just remember to start small. It is so easy for newbies to take a massive hit that results in a heavy high. (Remember, this is new to your body too!) Also, be sure your pipe or bong is clean and filled with a fresh bowl of marijuana for a smooth hit.

If choosing an edible, again remember to start small. Because edibles can take so long to hit, it’s easy to become impatient or assume it’s not working. Trust us, it is! Give it time and chill out. Watch a good movie, or start reading a book. Before you know it, you’ll start feeling it. You don’t want to spend your first high in a puddle on the floor.

8. What’s the worst that could happen?

Everyone reacts to cannabis a little differently, so you will never know exactly what to expect.

Here’s what WON’T happen — you won’t die. There’s never been a recorded case of a fatal marijuana overdose. If you’re in the middle of a bad high, you might think you’re dying. You’re not.

Some negative effects associated with marijuana include:

  • Anxiety and paranoia (usually from choosing the wrong strain or smoking too much)
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Irrational fear or melancholia
  • Dry mouth

A bad high could include some negative feelings, but don’t worry. If these do occur, they will fade completely within a few hours. The key to keeping these symptoms at bay? Don’t panic, stay relaxed and comfortable, and smoke with someone experienced that can walk you through a bad high, if needed.

9. Should you smoke alone?

You definitely can smoke alone, but, as a newbie, we wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, try your first smoke with an experienced consumer. Having someone there to guide you through the process will help ensure a successful high. Consuming the correct way and amount is very important, and it can be hard to get this right on your own on your first try.

10. Can I drive?

Driving while under the influence of marijuana is considered a DWI and is illegal in all states. Although marijuana may make you feel focused and aware, giving you the impression you can drive just fine, it is best to stay home or walk to your desired destination. For your first time, it’s best to plan that you’ll be staying right where you are for the rest of the day.

11. What do you do if you get too high?

If you begin to feel too high, we have a few tricks to help you out. First, start with a cup of coffee. Coffee can decrease the effects of the marijuana (especially excessive sleepiness( and allow you to feel better quickly. A few other suggestions:

  • Stay calm and relaxed. Don’t panic. If you start feeling panicky, focus on your breathing or turn on the TV to your favorite ‘comfort’ show.
  • Drink water.
  • Chew or smell black peppercorns. (Strange? We know, but this household remedy has been shown to significantly diminish the effects of THC.)
  • Go outside or go for a walk.
  • Take a shower. (Some people swear by this as their ultimate solution for a bad high.)
  • Eat some citrus fruits like lemons or limes.

12. How long does a high last?

In general, most highs last between one and three hours. If your high is too intense or lasting too long, try one of the remedies above.

13. Should you try again if your first time isn’t so great?

Definitely! Many first-time experiences aren’t great. Some people get too high, and others not high at all. Some just feel tired and uncomfortable.

So, why should you try again? Trying a different strain or a different method of consumption is likely to give you a completely different experience. If you weren’t happy the first time, try again — at least once more!

Have more first-timer questions? Reach out! We’d love to help. Stop by and talk to one of our budtenders. We’ve all been there and can definitely offer some insider tips. Check out our current deals here!