Smoking weed for the first time is an exciting experience, but it can also be a little scary. What’s going to happen to me? Will I freak out? What if everyone knows I’m stoned and judges me? We'll discuss the effects almost everyone feels, but it's important to know that exactly what happens when you smoke weed for the first time depends on a lot of factors including your mood, personality and the strain and potency of the weed you’re smoking.
To give yourself the best chance of enjoying your first experience, we recommend you take a few simple precautions.
Don't smoke too much the first time
Listen to your body and take a break when you feel nice and high. Like any drug, your body slowly builds up tolerance to weed over time. Punching 20 bongs your first time out is a good way to experience the full force of the ‘bad high’ discussed below.
Smoke in a familiar surrounding with people you trust
Being in an unfamiliar situation will increase the chance you feel anxiety or paranoia when you’re high.
Don’t do any weird, unfamiliar or scary activities
Your first time smoking weed is not the time to introduce yourself to the slasher film genre.
What does a good high feel like?
Happiness & euphoria
Euphoria is a feeling of happiness, joy and excitement and is one of the best reasons to smoke weed. This feeling is normally described as a ‘head high’ and is most common when smoking sativa strains of weed.
Calming and relaxing
The feeling of supreme chill and relaxation is common when smoking indica dominant strains of weed.
Everything is hilarious
The cat videos on YouTube are not actually more funny, it just appears that way to your THC altered brain.
Mild hallucinations of color and light
Whether you have hallucinations also depends on the strain you’re smoking and whether you’re susceptible to this effect. Lucky you if you are, it can be a cool aspect of smoking weed.
Reduction in pain
This is one of the main reasons the medical marijuana industry is exploding. Chronic pain sufferers are turning more and more to weed to find relief from all sorts of conditions. Taken in the right dose, specifically bred weed strains can be a powerful and positive medicine for pain relief.
A deep connection with those around you and the universe
There’s no doubt that smoking weed brings people together. By the end of your first weed smoking experience you’ll understand your friends innermost desires and have solved some key problem facing humanity. At least until the next morning when you have no idea why you thought you were so insightful...
What does a bad high feel like?
Unfortunately, if we're going to discuss what happens when you smoke weed for the first time we need to understand what can go wrong. There are several reasons why your first experience might be negative including: smoking too much, being super nervous about your first time or being generally depressed or in a bad mood.
If you feel any of the following symptoms it’s important to tell yourself that you’re in a safe place and the feeling will go away soon. And it will!
- Paranoia, anxiety or panic
- Increased heart rate or palpitations
- Confusion or short term memory problems
Getting hungry is pretty much a universal feeling when smoking weed. It’s also a great excuse to eat a lot of tasty junk food with zero guilt. So why do you get the munchies? The THC in weed stimulates cannabinoid receptors in your brain. Among other things, these receptors control how much you taste and smell which stimulates your craving for Cheetos.
Time slowing down
Exactly why weed seems to slow down your perception of time is not fully understood, but studies show that the area of the brain that controls our perception of time contains a lot of cannabinoid receptors. The theory is that when you smoke, the THC flooding your brain binds to these cannabinoid receptors which confuses your sense of time. Studies have also been done that suggest your brain gets used to this effect because frequent users experience it a lot less than first time smokers.
How long do the effects of smoking weed last?
Depending on how potent the weed is, the feeling of being high only lasts up to about 3 hours. The potency of the weed also determines how long it will stay around in your body and can last up to 10 days.
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of what happens when you smoke weed for the first time. Follow our simple advice and we're sure your first experience will be a great one.