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13 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong When First Smoking Marijuana

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Trying marijuana for the first time? Here’s how to get that high you’re seeking.

Smoking marijuana is the most popular and readily-available way of consuming weed, especially for first-timers. Still, you’d be surprised by the amount of misinformation that people believe, even those who’ve used weed for long periods of time.

We’ve made a list of the 10 most common smoking sins to try and help you achieve the high you aspire to. Try not to make these mistakes.

1. Smoking a joint like a cigar

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You’re not supposed to smoke a joint like a mob boss by keeping the smoke swirling inside your mouth. In order for the drug to have an effect on you, you have to inhale the smoke all the way down to your lungs. There’s also a pervasive belief that the longer you hold the smoke in, the stronger its effect will be. This is not true, you’ll only be feeling lightheaded because you’re depleting your brain of oxygen.


2. Going all out on your first try

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Marijuana users have different stories when it comes to their first few times getting high, with many of them getting too high and paranoid. This happens because it’s hard knowing what you’re supposed to feel the first time you smoke weed, leading people to overdo it in order to ensure that they get high. Take it slow and let the THC do its job.


3. Not knowing how to use the carb

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Your carb is that little hole in the side of your bong or pipe. You’re supposed to cover it as you light up, so that smoke accumulates, and then release it so you can inhale. Carbs are very misunderstood, and they can be the reason why some people don’t make the best out of their cannabis.

While you don’t need to be an expert on strains and their components, it’s important to know the basics of the two most common types of marijuana. Indicas are more mellow, and affect your body physically, leaving you relaxed and ready to chill out in the couch. Sativas are more intense and activate your brain, which makes them a great partner for parties and doing other types of active stuff. For newcomers who are afraid of getting a bad high, indicas are a more safe choice because they offer a smaller chance of getting paranoid.

4. Freaking out

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If the freakout comes, it’s important to remember that if you only smoked marijuana there’s nothing to worry about. The anxiety and paranoia will pass, and in an hour (tops) you’ll feel way better. In the meantime, distract yourself with your pet, take a nap, watch a show or some cute cat videos and all be well.

It also helps for first-timers to smoke with people they trust, someone who’ll be able to calm them down if they start getting too antsy.

5. Packing the bowl wrong

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If you’re chopping up your weed with scissors and then stuffing the pieces carelessly into your bowl, the marijuana gods are giving you the stink eye. Be sure to use a grinder or be very thorough with your cutting, preferably using your fingers. Put the right amount of weed in your bowl or joint, allowing some breathing room for the particles. The bowl or joint should be snug but air should be able to circulate. 

6. Using a bad lighter

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The fumes from matches and heavy butane lighters will ruin the quality and taste of your marijuana and will also mess with your lungs, so try to buy a reliable and simple lighter. This small factor will improve your experience dramatically.

7. Torching the bowl

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We all torch the bowl at some point, lighting up the center of it and accidentally burning the whole batch of weed. While there won’t be an actual fire, lighting up right in the middle ruins the bowl for other people, tampering with the marijuana flavor. You should curb your bowl, lighting up the corners of it so everyone can have a turn and your weed can last for longer periods of time.

8. Not knowing the strain you’re smoking

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While you get a pass the first couple of times you smoke weed, once you start buying your own, you should know the basics of what you’re having. While the terms Indica and Sativa are growing outdated, it helps when speaking to budtenders and sellers. Before making your purchase, ask yourself what kind of high you’re looking for. Do you want to zone out or have focus? These are all questions worth asking.

9. Poor marijuana storage

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Your marijuana must be stored in a dark cool place inside an airtight container. This will help in preserving its taste and effect. If you want to take the next step, try investing in a humidor, which will solve a lot of your cannabis storage problems. Here are 8 ways to properly store marijuana for freshness.

10. Coughing

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There’s some mystery surrounding coughing and smoking weed. Some claim that coughing means that you’re smoking good quality marijuana, or that you’re starting to get high. None of this is true. Coughing is related to the heat of the smoke you’re inhaling and the irritation that it causes on your throat and lungs. Here’s how to stop coughing so hard from smoking marijuana.

11. Eating raw marijuana

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People will do anything for a good high, especially when they’re not informed and they’re just getting involved with marijuana. Don’t be that person who eats raw marijuana leaves. This won’t accomplish anything; cannabis must be heated for its THC to be released.

12. Wasting weed

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It’s easy to waste marijuana on joints and bongs. These keep on burning, even when you and your companions are not smoking. If you want to save weed, other methods of consumption are more helpful. Carbs, pipes or one-hitters are more efficient when consuming solo. Vape is the best of all, lasting for long periods of time and providing very strong hits.

13. Not experimenting with new products

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Whenever you’re trying out a new activity, it’s tempting to stick to what you know, but this also reduces your odds of finding stuff you love. As long as you’re being careful with your dosage and with the people you surround yourself with, your weed experience will be a positive one.

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