Many medical cannabis users have previous experience using cannabis in a recreational way. But what if you are about to use cannabis for the very first time as the holder of a medical cannabis card? This is an important experience and one that will set the stage for your future as a medical cannabis user, so you want to spend the time and energy to ensure you use the cannabis in the most efficient and beneficial way. To do so, start by adhering to these tips.
Strongly consider using either vapor or an edible
While some people do prefer to smoke their medical cannabis, this is not the ideal way to try it for the first time. With smoking, it is hard to control your dose, and the smoke can also feel pretty harsh on your throat and lungs. For first-timers, either vaporizing the cannabis or eating edibles tends to be a better choice. Vapor starts working instantly. It is easy on the lungs, and you can control your dose since you'll vaporize a specialized concentrate with a specified amount of THC in it. Edibles take longer to kick in, but they come in controlled, specified doses and don't require you to inhale anything.
When it comes to dose, aim low
You may have friends who eat 50 mg THC edibles or others who can vape half a cartridge in a sitting. You may eventually find that you need or benefit from that amount of cannabis, but for your first time, you want to keep the dose low so you can ensure a good experience. If eating edibles, aim for a 10 mg edible. If vaping, aim to vape two or three hits from a cartridge. This should be enough for you to feel the effects of the cannabis without any possible side effects like paranoia or nausea.
Yes, you will eventually want to be able to use your medical cannabis in social settings. But for your first time using it, you really want to be at home. This way, you will be in control of the environment around you, which will allow you to relax and get used to the feeling of cannabis. You don't have to worry about whether others will realize there's anything different about you, or whether others will smell it.
With the tips above, you should have a great experience using medical cannabis for the first time. Then, take that first experience and build on it, narrowing down the appropriate dose and best method for you.
To learn more about medical cannabis, contact a local dispensary.