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Things to Expect When You’re a First Time Cannabis User

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Cannabis has been all over the news lately. Once a controversial substance, more and more states are legalizing it for medical use — and several states are also legalizing it for recreational use.

But, what exactly does cannabis do to your brain?

What are some of the potential benefits?

How does your brain change if you consume cannabis regularly?

Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for many medical conditions, including sleep disorders, chronic pain, and PTSD. The effects of cannabis vary depending on how you take it. If you smoke or vape, the results will be felt quickly (within minutes), but they dissipate quickly. Edibles and topical oils are slower to work but last longer.

What should I expect when I first start smoking weed?

It’s important to know that how weed affects you could be very different from how it affects someone else. The way weed makes you feel when you first start using it depends on many things, including your size and weight, gender, genetics, how much and how often you use, and whether you have medical conditions that might make specific side effects more likely. As a first-time marijuana user, you may experience various side effects. Your marijuana experience may include:
  • A relaxed and euphoric feeling
  • Feeling like time is moving slower.
  • Increased bloodshot eyes
  • The increased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Slow reaction time and impaired judgment
  • Anxiety or paranoia in some people

What are the Dangers of Smoking Marijuana?

As marijuana becomes more and more legal in the U.S., it’s essential to know both the benefits and risks of marijuana use. Many people who smoke weed experience the health benefits of smoking weed, such as pain reduction, increased relaxation, and improved sleep. However, like all drugs, there are many dangers to smoking weed.

What are the dangers of smoking weed?

Even if you don’t get addicted to marijuana, there are still risks associated with regular use. Here are some dangers of smoking weed that can impair your short-term memory, cause psychosis and even make you gain weight.

Cannabis can affect your mental health both while using it and when you stop. Stopping can cause withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, and sleep problems. These problems typically last around a week.

How Much Weed Should I Smoke When I’m a First Time User?

Start with a small dose and wait–The first thing to know is that everyone reacts differently to cannabis, especially when you’re a first-timer. When you’re new to smoking pot, it’s best to start with a low dose and take it slow. Start with one hit and wait at least 30 minutes before taking any more.

You may not feel anything right away — or you might feel like you’ve smoked an entire joint by yourself. It can be easy to get impatient, but the effect of edibles can take up to two hours to kick in — so wait it out. If you feel like nothing happened, try taking another hit or two after 30 minutes have passed. Wait another 30 minutes before repeating this process, as needed.


Whether you’re trying to get into the medical cannabis game or want to try it recreationally, using marijuana can be an enjoyable experience. By following these steps and having a plan, you can ensure that your first time smoking weed is fun and not overwhelming. So now that you know what to expect when you’re first using cannabis. Visiting a reputable cannabis dispensary where a knowledgeable budtender can assist you in finding a product that’s right for you.

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