People are continuing to consume cannabis in an often urgent bid to ease the symptoms of a variety of chronic conditions, diseases, mind disorders and ailments. However, unless you live in a forward thinking country like the USA, Israel, Italy or the Netherlands, access to cannabis isn't as easy as it should be.
However, if you've been able to source some yourself or have grown your own for personal use then you're obviously pretty determined to sample its effects and benefits. But are you prepared?
Consuming cannabis in any of its forms for the first time can be quite an intense experience, so it's best to ensure you have everything you need beforehand. A little planning and preparation can help make your first experience that bit more relaxing and enjoyable.
Research the effects of cannabis on the body and mind.
Taking a moment to evaluate the effects of cannabis can help prepare you for the types of sensations it may give you. It will also give you a better understanding of what is happening to you and why.
The internet is packed with information on the effects of cannabis, but try to avoid scare-mongering or right-wing websites with an agenda.
Make sure you have a refreshing beverage nearby.
Consuming cannabis can lead to a very dry mouth and sometimes depending on the method of consumption, a dry cough. Having a soothing warm or cold drink nearby can rescue you from cotton mouth or a tickly cough.
Choose drinks that are rehydrating, rather than energy or caffeine based drinks.
Make sure you're somewhere you feel comfortable and relaxed.
As with most first experiences you'll want to feel as comfortable and as relaxed as possible, so choose somewhere familiar to you that offers a safe, protected environment. Then take a seat in your favourite comfy chair, or try lying down if that's more comfortable for you and settle in!
Don't go it alone, have someone with you!
Not only does it give you someone to talk to about how you're feeling, it also gives you some support should you start feeling a little nauseous or disorientated. Make sure they know what to do should you need assistance so make sure you get your canna-buddy to read this article for some useful pointers.
If you're determined prefer to go solo for your first experience at least make sure you have a supportive friend or family member on speed dial, better still have someone in the same location as you, just not in the same space. That way you can enjoy some freedom but still have the option of company.
We've all seen the 'stoner munchies' memes and whilst cannabis doesn't stimulate everyone's appetite in the same way, you may find yourself fancying a snack, or two, or three. So ensuring you have some food nearby will save you having to think about fixing yourself something whilst feeling a bit wobbly.
Sugary foods or drinks have been known to help sober people when they've started to feel a little worse for wear, so bear that in mind when choosing your banquet for one.
So there you have it 5 ways to make your first experience with cannabis slightly more relaxing and hassle free. Have some ideas of your own? Add them in the comments below!