Leaving Normal: No Cannabis Experience Is the Same
Everyone is unique. When it comes to consuming cannabis, how we experience it may differ from person to person. Reactions can vary based on a number of different factors.
Before you begin, know if you are comfortable with the feeling of getting ‘high’. If you’re trying cannabis for the first time, it may not feel as you might expect. For that reason, start small! Remember, it’s always better to try a little first. Wait to see how your body reacts and monitor your comfort level with the experience before ingesting more.
If you buy an edible, read the label carefully and consider taking a quarter to a half the recommended dose the first time. That way, you’ll ensure that your first experience isn’t overwhelming. The worst that happens is that you don’t feel anything. Next time, eat slightly more! No harm no foul.
One main reason for variability is differences in activation time (the amount of time it takes for an individual to feel the effects of ingesting or inhaling cannabis). A low-dose edible will take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to take effect, whereas a dab or vape hit might only take a few minutes to generate a change of feeling.
Another variable is the type of cannabis that you’re consuming. Be sure to check with an experienced budtender regarding what to expect with the strains that are in your product. Indica dominant tends to have more relaxing, full-body effects. Sativa on the other hand is cerebral, uplifting and good for creativity. Hybrids contain properties of both indica and sativa and can have unique mixed effects. All of these options and combinations open the possibility to experience cannabis in a different way.
And let’s not forget that eating food before, during, and after cannabis consumption can change our experience. In general, eating food while you’re high has been known to shorten the time you feel the effects of cannabis. That doesn’t mean that it will completely leave your system, but your body will change the way it feels as more sugar gets absorbed into the blood. Eating a heavy meal before ingesting cannabis can reduce the intensity of the high. Certain foods paired with cannabis like sweet potatoes, nuts, and broccoli are known to enhance the overall experience and offer great health benefits at the same time. Pay attention to the size of the edibles you choose, because their food-to-cannabis ratio greatly affects how you feel. If you eat a small edible that is jam packed with THC, you will experience a rapid onset of intoxication as well as a rapid come-down. Larger edibles that are lower dose (and arguably more delicious) make your experience much more gradual and controlled.
Lastly, the old adage of “unique in our own way” in this case is true. Even if two people ingest the same amount of cannabis, controlling for other factors, they will still probably have a slightly different experience. The trick is to find what is right for you.
Be safe and have fun!