For many, using cannabis for the first time can be nerve wracking. If you start the experience nervous, and end up using a high THC strain, it can enhance those feelings of anxiousness or paranoia. This can lead to a bad experience, or worse, the end of your journey altogether.

However, there are ways to avoid these negative side effects. If you’re considering using cannabis for the first time, or, you’re looking to re-write a bad experience, here are a few things to consider.

Choose a strain with low THC and high CBD content to start

Unlike THC, CBD is a non-toxicating molecule. This means you won’t feel the same psychoactive effects, or “high” that you feel with THC. CBD is known for relieving things like anxiety, inflammation and many other medical ailments. In fact, CBD can actually help counteract the anxious feeling that is sometimes associated with THC, making it a perfect starting point for new cannabis users.

Try finding a high CBD and low THC strain and working your way up from there. A few low-THC strains include: Harlequin, Pennywise and Cannatonic.

Research intake methods

Much like CBD, different intake methods can affect your body differently when consuming cannabis. To learn more about cannabis intake methods, check out our previous blog here.

If you’re using a high THC strain, start SLOW

If you’re using a strain that is high in THC, it’s absolutely critical that you pace yourself and start slow and build your tolerance. This is because THC can sometimes trigger feelings of anxiety and paranoia. Settle yourself into a comfortable place with people you trust. Start with a small amount and see how you feel. Less is more until you’re ready.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Hydrating is crucial. This is because many of the molecules in the cannabis plant are water-using (such as CBD, for example).

If you have further questions about first time cannabis use, contact us, we’re happy to help.