I’m Really Confused. Where Do I Start?

There is no generally accepted cannabis ‘prescription.’

Not sure where to start out?

The rule of thumb is simple – start low and work up the amount to a more suitable dose.

Often, it primarily requires time to find the limits based on individual expectations. Beginning small helps you observe the effects from a low point up to something more fitting.

To start low doesn’t only help you discover a more personalized dosage, it reduces the chances of an overdose which may ruin your entire experience.

Steps to Using Cannabis Products

Cannabis offers different dosage alternatives.

It’s all your call to choose what suits best between the options – based on your lifestyle, tolerance level, health condition, and related individual factors.

Let’s discuss some common ways you can use cannabis:

  • Smoking cannabis buds

Smoking cannabis is arguably the oldest and most common cannabis consumption route. The buds can be smoked either by rolling into a blunt or joint or with a bubbler, bong, or pipe.

If you prefer rolled-up joints and blunts, you’d need to grind the buds into smaller pieces for a firm roll and even burn.

Next, line a decent amount of the buds in a blunt wrap or rolling paper. For bong, pipes, and blubbers, pour some ground buds into a bowl and light up.

It can take time and some good practicing to roll good joints and blunts. So, for starters, the cannabis community understands newbies too need a good wrap – feel free to ask from your weed-savvy friend or the local budtender.  Better still, you could opt for a pre-rolled blunt or joint.

  • Vaporizing cannabis concentrates

The quit-smoke campaign has caused a massive exodus from smoking (which involves burning) to vaping.  

Vaping features an oven-like compartment where cannabis-infused concentrates are heated to release vapor containing a truckload of cannabis’s promising therapeutic profile.

Although any form of inhalation is not healthy for the lungs, vaping lacks most of the harmful chemicals associated with burning. It may be fair to call it a ‘healthier’ evil.

  • Ingesting cannabis-infused edibles

Edibles are pretty discreet, easy to use, and convenient. For instance, enjoying cannabis benefits could be as easy as opening the package and popping your gummies – or drink.

Interestingly, these yummies usually come with product consumption recommendations that help modulate your dosage.

Cannabis may produce better effects when used with food.  Hence, consider using something along your edibles to optimize the reaction.

  • Tinctures

Tinctures usually come in droppers and commonly for sublingual doses (to be placed beneath the tongue).

This method delivers cannabinoids to your bloodstream in no time, since it bypasses the typical intestinal digestive process.

  • Topicals – creams, lotions, balms

Topicals come in handy for the treatment of target points, mainly on the skin. These applications are commonly prepared for scars, arthritis, acne, sunburn, bug bites, and whatnot.

Your skin, the largest organ of the body, can absorb cannabinoids in several ways.

Do well to read the ingredients and ensure your product has no unnecessary addictive’s which could irritate your skin and leave even more concerns.

Does cannabis have the many medical benefits claimed?

Most likely.

Researchers have found a truckload of evidence that says cannabis may offer the therapeutic benefits from increasing anecdotal testimonies purport.

In fact, many regions are moving from the past to recognize cannabis for medical purposes. Medical cannabis is fast becoming a thing across increasing jurisdictions.

Cannabis may handle a range of conditions, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Hepatitis C
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

And whatever condition(s) mentioned by a certified health practitioner within medical marijuana lenient jurisdictions.

Why does weed cause a high?

The euphoria and other mental and bodily effects that come with using marijuana (commonly referred to as ‘high’) are similar properties that account for the medicinal prospects of the plant.

These properties are packed in chemicals collectively known as cannabinoids and terpenes – all naturally occurring in cannabis.

Research authors have found two major cannabinoids, THC and CBD, to be widely responsible for the spectrum of effects users report.

While THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol) produces the high, CBD (or Cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive but responsible for the calming effect and several other healthy effects.

Although THC has been widely popularized for its ‘high’ potency, both CBD and THC can deliver similar health benefits.

Some strains are exceptionally bred for high THC (primarily for recreational intents), some CBD-leaning, and others balance both.

While terpenes are chiefly responsible for the unique aroma across strains, they also work with cannabinoids to deliver a special effect than when either is used in isolation – a theory nicknamed the Entourage or ensemble effect.

Using cannabis- Know The different stains

On your cannabis journey, you’ll encounter terms like Sativa, Indica, and hybrid.

These terms simply refer to the different cannabis strains. Just like Rome, beefsteak, and heirloom are all tomato variants.

Each stain has individual chemical compositions that make it unique.

Basically, Sativa and Indica are now commonly used to refer to the effects users derive.

For instance, Indica is used to reference a variant with calming and sedating effects

Sativas are more energetic head-hitting breeds

Hybrids are good blends of both Indica and Sativa options.

What Effects should I expect after using cannabis?

Generally, here are common cannabis effects:

  • Bodily euphoria
  • Alertness
  • Increased/reduced anxiety
  • Increased/reduce appetite
  • Bouts of giggles
  • Pain relief
  • Nausea relief
  • Impaired or enhanced memory
  • Change in heart rate
  • Reddened eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Hyperactivity
  • Altered senses of artistic judgment
  • Drowsiness
  • Oversensitivity

As mentioned, all cannabis users do not feel the same effect from a defined dosage. The results are determined by different factors, including the particular strain consumed, amount dosed, and individual concerns like weight, sex, tolerance level, medical history, etc.

Wrap Up

Using cannabis may not be as complicated as the world makes it seem – no thanks to the media.

If you’re overwhelmed about using marijuana or exploring more ways to enjoy your weed, hopefully, this guide should help you kick off on a good note.

Not sure where to buy marijuana in Pickering? Montrose Dispensary offers an exciting lot of quality cannabis buds and accessories that add value to your cannabis experience.

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