My first experience with cannabis wasn’t good.
I felt anxious and paranoid.
At that time, I didn’t know anything about THC potency. For quite a few years, I was unwilling to try cannabis again. Eventually, when recreational weed was legalized in my state, I decided to do some research. I read about cannabinoids and learned that THC is the compound that causes the high sensation and CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid with relaxing properties. CBD can be used to counteract the anxiety sometimes caused by THC. For beginners or anyone with a low tolerance, it’s best to start with strains with equal ratios of THC and CBD. There are some products that contain very little THC. For my first visit to the dispensary, I consulted with a budtender. I explained my concerns and asked for recommendations. The budtender explained the specifics of different consumption methods. With edibles, it’s important to start with a very low dosage and wait several hours before eating more. Because the cannabinoids must pass through the digestive tract, the effects are delayed and typically more intense. Although beverages are also considered edibles, the cannabinoids are largely absorbed through the mucous membranes of the tongue. This makes beverages similar to tinctures and offers a quicker onset of effects. Traditional flower offers a quicker onset of effects but smoking can be harsh on the lungs. Vapes are extremely easy to consume. All it takes is a press of the button. Because the vapes heat the cannabis contrate to the point of vaporization instead of combustion, this method minimizes the concern over carcinogens.