What to Know Before Trying Cannabis for the First Time

The past few years have seen a huge shift in public opinion when it comes to cannabis legalization, with more and more states liberalizing their marijuana policies or outright legalizing the drug. As this happens, people are using marijuana at increasing rates. However, marijuana is still a drug that can give you a positive or negative experience. As such, it’s worth keeping a few things in mind before you try marijuana for the very first time.

First, make sure you use marijuana in a location where it is legal. At the moment, marijuana is legal for personal, non-medical use in 11 states and Washington, D.C. The laws about where you can purchase and use marijuana unquestionably vary from state to state, but you can use marijuana in these locations without fear of violating state law. However, make sure you are familiar with all local laws before you use it, and don’t try to cross state lines with marijuana, even if you purchased it in a state where it was legal. Doing so risks violating federal law.

Second, make sure you fully understand what is in the marijuana you purchased. One of the benefits of using marijuana in a state where it is legal is that all of these states have established rigorous manufacturing and inspection processes that ensure that the ingredients in the marijuana are safe for human consumption. Unfortunately, all too often, black-market marijuana is laced with dangerous ingredients that run the risk of giving you a negative experience or getting you sick. Purchasing legally manufactured marijuana essentially abrogates this risk, as the marijuana will be grown and inspected in a process that is likely more rigorous than any other which you may be used to.

Third, understand the potential negative side effects for a first time user. For most people, ingesting marijuana is a fun, relaxing and pleasant experience. It can result in a feeling of intoxication and euphoria. However, there is no question that this is not a universal experience. Some people who smoke marijuana find themselves extremely sick and suffer from bouts of hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, or more. Though the odds are low, this may happen to you. As such, make sure that you are with family, friends, and people you trust the first time you try marijuana. This ensures that you will be able to comfortably deal with any potential problems.

At the end of the day, marijuana is still a psychoactive drug that can have a positive or negative impact on your body. As such, you should always use caution when using it and understand the potential risks and benefits. Once you have done that, you should feel very comfortable trying marijuana for the first time.

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