How to Smoke Weed for the First Time


Your first time smoking weed can be an awesome and memorable experience. In fact, we want to help make sure that it is. When you are looking into how to smoke weed for the first time, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. It may seem a little overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is the rundown of things you need to know. 


How to Smoke Weed for the First Time

Here are the basic steps you will want to walk through to make sure you have the best experience possible as a first-time weed smoker. 


  • Understand how cannabis works;
  • Know what benefits you are trying to achieve;
  • Choose your marijuana strain;
  • Determine your method of intake;
  • Be aware of your tolerance level; and
  • Light it up 


Let’s take these one-by-one. If you have any questions along the way, our experienced Michigan provisioning center Cannasultants are more than happy to help. We’ve all been exactly where you are, with all the same questions. 


Understanding How Cannabis Works

Every animal with vertebrae has a natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) that serves the purpose of maintaining homeostasis (balance) in the body. The system is equipped with receptors specifically designed to interact with cannabis molecules (cannabinoids) and other natural plant compounds. 


These receptors are located throughout the body in all major organs, bodily systems, and even under the skin. Interaction with cannabinoids helps the ECS achieve optimal functions. When the ECS is not functioning properly, your health can suffer. 

Know What Benefits You are Trying to Achieve

Different cannabinoids and plant compounds interact differently within the body. THC is the most prominent cannabinoid, followed by CBD and others such as CBN, CBG, CBC, and more. Ratios of different cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, flavonoids, and proteins can be the catalysts for benefits like better sleep, less pain, and reduced stress. 


There are countless reasons to smoke weed. And honestly, you don’t have to even have a reason. It’s likely that you do have a certain expectation of how you want to feel, and it is important to acknowledge that. 


Choose Your Marijuana Strain

Knowing what you would like to achieve when using weed, whether it is a recreational high or a specific medical benefit, will help you determine which strain is most appropriate. Our Michigan Provisioning Center carries a variety of Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains to choose from. 


You may also choose your strain of weed based on factors like the smell, overall quality of the flower, or just because it has a cool name. Cannabis breeding has come a long way, and there are countless flavors to choose from based on a strain’s unique terpene profile. 


Determine Your Method of Intake

One of the most intimidating parts of learning how to smoke weed for the first time is choosing how you want to smoke it. There are a lot of methods to choose from. These range from simple and inexpensive, to serious investments that have a larger learning curve. Here are some of the most common methods of smoking weed. 


  • Papers (Blunts and joints)
  • Bongs
  • Pipes
  • Steam-rollers
  • Bubblers
  • Chillums


If you really want to keep it simple, a pre-rolled joint is great because it is already ready to go. All you have to do is light it. All of the other options require some form of equipment, including rolling your own joint. 


Items like pipes and chillums can be relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Bongs can also be simple, but on the flip side, they can also be an advanced work of art. It is really your choice on what you want to try and take on for your first experience. Make sure you learn how to use the equipment properly.


If all of these options seem intimidating, you can also consider vaping weed, or using edibles. 


Be Aware of Your Tolerance Level

If you are completely new to marijuana use, it is important to start slow. Don’t give in to peer pressure. You need to take this at your own pace. Though consuming a large amount of weed is not fatal, it can have negative side effects, which are commonly referred to as “greening out.” 


Consuming more weed than your body can process may result in nausea, lethargy, confusion, headache, and more. If this happens, don’t panic. The best thing you can do is clear your schedule for the day. Rest and stay hydrated. If you are accustomed to other methods of consumption such as edibles, vapes, or concentrates, you can base your flower use on how much you normally consume. 


Light It Up

Marijuana is not activated until it is heated. This concept is the core of cannabis pharmacology. Cannabinoid acids within the plant’s resin contain an extra carboxyl molecule that renders cannabinoids inactive. This molecule is removed during a process known as decarboxylation, which is essentially just heating them up. In smoked weed, this process happens in real-time. Consuming flower that has not been heated induce the same results. 


Get Started at Prosper Cannabis

Hopefully, that didn’t seem too overwhelming. With the continual growth of the cannabis market over the last few decades and the growing amount of research, there is a lot to know. Luckily, you don’t have to know it all. Come in and let the friendly Cannasultants at our Michigan Provisioning Center walk you through the process and ensure that you find exactly what you are looking for. 


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