10 Most Common Questions from New Cannabis Users
Posted on July 21st, 2022 to Education
With the surge of states legalizing recreational cannabis around the US, a lot of prospective first-time users are starting to consider taking advantage of the new laws. So, if you’re new to the cannabis game, here are 10 of some of the most commonly asked questions by new cannabis users.
10 Most Common Questions from New Users
1. Sativa vs Indica: What’s the Difference?
With sativa, you can generally expect to experience a more energized, creative high. Sativa is also been reported to be helpful with depression, headaches, nausea, and loss of appetite. Indica is widely reported to have a more relaxing effect and acts almost like a sedative. It is generally helpful for pain relief and sleeplessness, as well as loss of appetite.
It is vital to understand that while indica and sativa may make some people feel one way, the same strains might make others feel completely different. Nowadays, most strains are a cross between the two, requiring personal experimentation to comprehend the effects of each strain.
2. How Do You Consume Cannabis?
Smoking weed is by far the most popular way to ingest cannabis. There are tons of methods of smoking weed including joints, blunts, bongs, bowls, pipes, and one-hitters.
Edibles are cannabis products that contain cannabinoids that you can eat or drink. Unlike smoking, these cannabinoids are processed through the liver and result in a longer, more intense high. Edibles come in all shapes in forms and can be made into almost any food or beverage.
Vaping cannabis is becoming wildly popular due to its convenience, discreetness, and ease of use. Instead of using convection to heat the cannabis into smoke, it uses conduction to electronically heat it into a vapor. Because of this, they are considered to be a healthier alternative to smoking, although this is not always the case due to some unregulated devices that include harmful chemicals in the vapor. So always be careful when looking for vape devices and cartridges.
Tinctures are the most rudimentary form of cannabis extract that comes in the form of liquid. They usually come in a little bottle with a dropper and can be dropped directly under to tongue, thus, they are technically considered edibles. They are also considered to be the healthiest way to consume cannabis and the doses are very controllable.
3. How Much Should I Consume?
This one is a bit tricky. Since everyone is built differently, the same dose could have little effect on one person, while putting another on the moon. So we recommend that you start out with a little, then work your way up in dosage. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take any away.
4. Can You Become Addicted to Cannabis?
It has been highly debated whether or not someone can get addicted to cannabis. Some say no, and some say yes. Some say you can’t get physically addicted, only emotionally addicted. In short, it is possible to become addicted to using cannabis.
If you have more questions about the risks of cannabis use, here is a link to the CDC website.
5. Are There Health Risks With Using Cannabis?
Again, since everyone is different, there can be different risks an individual takes on when deciding to use cannabis. Here is a link to the CDC’s page on cannabis effects on health so you can decide if using cannabis is the right choice for you.
6. What Does Being “High” Feel Like?
Ah, the most famous question. Unfortunately, it is the question with the most subjective answer. Not to sound like a broken record, but everyone is different, and so is every strain of cannabis.
Some strains will make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud, and some will make you feel like you’re sinking into your couch. Some will make you hear something you’ve never heard before in a song you’ve heard a thousand times, and some will make you reconsider your taste in music. So start slow, see for yourself, and find that sweet spot.
7. What Are the “Munchies”?
Probably the most famous side effect of cannabis use, the munchies are a spike in appetite after consuming cannabis. This happens because the receptors in the brain that are affected by THC are the same ones that stimulate appetite. So, THC will trigger these receptors whether you are hungry or not!
8. What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are the naturally occurring chemical compounds found in cannabis that are responsible for the pleasant smell, flavors, and colors of cannabis. This is why you hear about the citrusy smell and fruity flavor of a certain strain, for example.
Terpenes can influence how strains make you feel. For example, limonene is good for stress relief and elevated mood. Some people even prefer to choose products based on terpenes rather than cannabinoid content.
9. Can CBD Get You High?
No, CBD does not get you high. Well, not the high you’re thinking about. While THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD is not. CBD does not impair your ability to complete your daily activities in any manner, shape, or form.
10. Can I Use Cannabis For Sleep?
Yes! Cannabis, especially Indica strains, have been widely reported to help with falling and staying asleep.