Medical cannabis is slowly reaching more and more members of society thanks to the ability of the internet to circumvent the propaganda about the plant that has circulated for years. People who once considered cannabis to be a harmful and addictive substance have discovered that not only is cannabis often recommended to treat conditions that would otherwise have to be treated with even harder substances, but that much of the opposition to the plant is based on fiction.
More than half of the 50 states have adopted medical marijuana laws in recognition of the value that the plant has, and a handful of states are even testing recreational legalization. If you happen to be from a state with modernized cannabis laws that allow you to treat medical conditions with cannabis, you might be curious about your first time and what it will be like. Those who will soon be trying medical cannabis for the first time should remember these tips for optimizing the experience.
Find Comfortable Spaces
This should be relatively obvious to anyone with even a minute amount of knowledge regarding cannabis, but you don’t want to have your first experience somewhere out in the public world. Your living room or bedroom will most likely be the place you’ll choose since you’ll want to be either seated or lying back. Make sure you’re around people with whom you feel comfortable being totally relaxed, and avoid overly stimulating music or other entertainment options. In many states where medical cannabis is legal, it’s still not legal for a medical cannabis patient to smoke or vape the cannabis in public spaces. This shouldn’t be a problem, though, because you’re going to want the comfort of you own home for your first experience with cannabis.
Plan Sessions Around Meals
Movies and TV often portray cannabis use along with a phenomenon known as the munchies, and anyone with actual experience using cannabis will tell you that the munchies are very real. It turns out they’re even real by scientific standards. The munchies result from THC activating certain neurons in the brain, which in turn release a hormone that induces hunger. When combined with the increased sensation of taste and smell, hunger becomes impossible to ignore after using cannabis. The problem is that cannabis users often want to snack on unhealthy options that are the most enjoyable. If you’re a medical cannabis patient who wishes to avoid such indulgence, plan to have your first session roughly 30 minutes before a major meal.
Don’t Overdo It
If you’re already accustomed to other medications due to a medical condition, you might have a naturally higher tolerance toward cannabis than someone who doesn’t require other medicine. However, you still need to be careful when choosing a dose for your first time. Your doctor most likely gave you a prescription for a center amount of cannabis per day, but you don’t have to take it all at once. You can spread it out over multiple daily sessions for a less intense experience and a more general elevation through the day. If you take too much at once for your first session, the experience can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. Start with just a few draws at first and see how it affects you. The sensation should emerge fairly quickly with smoking or vaping, so you’ll have to gauge whether or not you feel like you can handle more.
Cannabis tends to exaggerate sensations and emotions, so it’s best to go into the experience as relaxed as you can. Some first time users who go into their session nervous won’t be able to gauge how the cannabis affects them, so they often take too much. This excessive first experience combined with the nervousness in the person can then create an increased heart rate, breathing rate, flushed skin, and a general sense of panic. While this experience isn’t physically harmful, it can be alarming and unpleasant. Your own state of mind going into the experience will determine what sort of experience you will have. Keep yourself focused on the relaxation you’ll get to experience, and ignore any negative thoughts.