8 Things To Know Before You Consume Cannabis For The First Time

Nearly half of all American adults have tried cannabis. And as more people in the United States are starting to believe that marijuana should be legalized for recreational and medical use, that number could keep increasing.


In fact, 49% of adults in America say they’ve tried marijuana. But that means a significant portion of Americans have yet to experience cannabis for the first time.


If you’re among those who haven’t tried marijuana yet, you’re going to want to have the best experience possible. That means spending some time doing a bit of preparation. Here’s what you need to know ahead of your first time consuming cannabis.





Before you consume cannabis, it’s important to know the basics about what it is and how it works. The best way to get that information is to talk to someone who knows what they’re talking about. And no, we don’t just mean your stoner buddy who has learned about weed from experience (though they’re probably a good choice as a smoking companion — more on that later!).


At Prosper, our Cannsultants can answer any questions you have about what being high feels like, the difference between different products and strains, how to understand doses, how to read cannabis product labels, and more.





Before you smoke your first joint or pop your first edible, reflect on what you’re hoping to accomplish by trying it. When you talk to a Cannsultant, you can share your curiosities and reasoning for trying marijuana. There are a lot of reasons people try weed, like for medicinal reasons, stress relief, or just to get high.


Educating people is our passion at Prosper, so once we know what you’re trying to accomplish, we can help you learn more about what products align with your goals.





Before you consume cannabis, figure out what method of getting high sounds most appealing to you. Different smoking methods and different strains have — you guessed it — different effects.


You have lots of options — edibles, flower, vapes, tinctures, and more. When making your decision, keep in mind that edibles are typically more potent than flower. Plus, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour before you get high from an edible. Your Cannsultant will help educate you about the differences between each choice.




It will take some time to learn your limits. Go slow.


Take some hits and see how you feel, or take a small piece of an edible, 5 mg or less. If you’re smoking, don’t feel bad if you cough — that could just mean you actually fully inhaled, which is impressive for a beginner!




When you consume cannabis for the first time, you may not feel much, or you may feel high for a while. It depends on your method of consumption and how much you consume. With either result, you won’t want to just go about the day like a normal day. Don’t try marijuana for the first time before work, a family event, a workout, or before you need to drive somewhere.




To have the most enjoyable first experience possible, you’ll want to be in an environment where you can relax and hang out for a while with no rush.


It’s not recommended to consume cannabis for the first time alone. It’s a good idea to consume cannabis for the first time with someone else who has been high before. Being with a friend can make the experience more fun, and a friend with experience will understand the feelings you’re having.




Before your first experience with weed, prepare yourself mentally. Take note of your mindset. If you’re anxious about trying marijuana or aren’t really sure that you want to — don’t.


When you try it for the first time, it should be because it’s something you’re looking forward to. Weed can amplify how you’re already feeling, so if you’re unsure now, you may end up not enjoying your high.


Other very important items to help you prepare are water and snacks. Drink water before and after smoking and pack some snacks. Two common side effects of weed are the munchies , or feeling hungry, and cottonmouth, which is when your mouth feels dry.


If you’re lucky, you have a designated driver to grab your favorite fast food. If not, make sure you have snacks on hand — or you can order some Grubhub — and be prepared for your food to taste better than ever.




When trying something new, there’s always a risk of not enjoying it. If that happens to you, remember to relax. Any negative feelings and side effects will pass. If you’re at someone else’s place when you consume cannabis for the first time, plan ahead to have someone you can get a ride home from if you’re not enjoying yourself.


Also plan ahead for what you’ll want to do if you are enjoying yourself once you’re high. You and your friends can talk, play a game, watch a funny movie , enjoy nature, or listen to music you love.




Visit us at Prosper ahead of your very first experience with cannabis. One of our expert Cannsultants will be happy to help you learn more about weed before you get started!


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