The first time you get high is always memorable. You might think back fondly on your first experience with marijuana, whether it shifted your mindset about something, helped bond you to a certain group of friends, or was just a silly, ruckus time. Unfortunately, not everyone’s first time smoking weed is enjoyable. Some first-time cannabis users report anxiety, paranoia, and other unsettling sensations. This causes many to never smoke again. If you want your friend who has never smoked before to enjoy their experience, or at the very least, be open to trying it again, it’s important to help facilitate a good trip. Fortunately, there are some very simple ways you can do this, which we have outlined below.

Create a Comfortable Environment

As a cannabis user, you know that the setting makes all of the difference in the world. It’s important to set the mood in response to where your friend feels most comfortable. Think about what it is like to be high in a crowd versus hanging out with your best friend one-on-one, how it feels to be outside versus inside, and when you’re home versus in public. Tailor the experience to what you believe your friend would most enjoy. If they tend to be more anxious, it’s probably best to keep it at home with just you and maybe someone else they feel comfortable with. There are plenty of things you can do to pass the time: listen to music, watch a funny movie, eat, color, or play video games. The important thing is that it is a controlled environment with people they can relax around and activities that they enjoy.

Think About Moderation With THC

Keep in mind that first-time cannabis users are going to be way more sensitive to THC than you are. You don’t have to try to get them super baked; in fact, that might make the experience too overwhelming. If they want to just try a single puff for now, there is nothing wrong with that. Cannabis can offer a great experience in low doses, simply by relaxing the user; you don’t have to get stoned to have a good time. If your friend is more prone to anxiety, you might consider trying our CBD blunt instead of one of our higher THC strains. This means they will be less likely to experience paranoia and the psychoactive effects of marijuana that can be overwhelming to first-time users.

Consider Consumption Method

Speaking of our blunts, you should also consider the best method of consumption for your friend. If they are open to smoking, we would like to offer our pre-rolled blunts as a great way to introduce them. As stated above, our CBD blunt might be a good match for their needs. Alternatively, if they don’t want to smoke, you might try a vaporizer or a low-dose edible. The key is to not bring out anything that is going to be too intimidating or get them too high, like a giant gravity bong. Start small when choosing your method of consumption.

Take Caution With Edibles

In general, we do not recommend beginners start with edibles. There is less control over the high than there is when you smoke. Your friend could end up having a very negative experience if they accidentally get too high. So in the event that you decide that edibles are the way to go, it’s essential to start small. Don’t go over 5 mg for their dose, and let them experience the high before introducing more.

Be Adaptable

Even if you’ve taken every precaution, cannabis still may not agree with your friend. Make sure to stay in tune with their mood and physical sensations. You may be able to help make the experience better. The most common issue that first-time cannabis users experience is anxiety. This may manifest in rapid heart rate or dizziness. Reassure your friend that these symptoms pass with time. In addition, if they are having paranoid or anxious thoughts, you might try these suggestions to help them out:

  • If you are out or in someone else’s home and they are feeling anxious, it may help to relocate to a comfortable, familiar environment, like their home.
  • They might relax more with a different type of music, a hot shower, or some aromatherapy.
  • Make them laugh, whether you watch a funny movie or tell them jokes.
  • Have them drink more water.
  • Try getting some fresh air.
  • Reassure them that they will be fine. No one has ever overdosed on marijuana, and if they are having a bad experience now, all they need to do is wait and eventually, it will pass.

When you’re looking for a great marijuana experience for your friend’s first time, try D8 blunts. At The District 8, we’re focused on providing the highest quality marijuana that is sustainably grown, rolled into delicious, honey-hemp wraps. Find our selection of blunts at your local dispensary!