When October 17, 2018, rolls around, recreational cannabis use will officially become legal throughout Canada. If you’ve never tried marijuana before, it may be time to give it a chance. Of course, there are a few things you should know before trying cannabis for the first time. Here are a few tips for any first-time users out there.

You May Not Get High the First Time

Believe it or not, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually get high the first time you use cannabis. If you’ve seen movies on the topic, smoking marijuana seems simple and easy for anyone to do. But it’s not as easy as it looks. You have to learn how to inhale properly or else you won’t feel the effects. Of course, you shouldn’t let that deter you. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again, right?

Stay Hydrated

Much like a night of heavy drinking, it’s important to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated when using cannabis. A lot of first-time users may not realize this, and so they have to learn the hard way. Since things will feel a lot different after you use cannabis for the first time, your best option is to drink plenty of water before you start smoking so you don’t forget. Imagine you’re an athlete preparing for a big game; you want to make sure you’re hydrated before you get going. If you don’t, you’re liable to wake up the next morning as thirsty as you’ve ever been in your life.

Find the Right Equipment

There are a number of choices when it comes to consuming cannabis, and you’ll want to familiarize yourself with some of them before you start using. You may be excited to smoke a blunt, but that’s not necessarily a wise choice for a first-timer. The same can be true for large bongs like the ones you may have seen smokers using in movies. Using a small bowl or a vaporizer are both good ways to ease your way into using cannabis. Edibles can be effective too, as long as they’re prepared by people who know that you’re a first-time user. You’ll have a lot of choices, so don’t be afraid to seek out advice from a trusted friend or your friendly neighborhood “Budtender”.

Know Your Strains

Once you start using cannabis, you’ll probably get a crash course in the various strains of cannabis. But it wouldn’t hurt you to familiarize yourself with the differences between sativa and indica, the main strands of the cannabis plant. If you smoke indica, you’ll have a more relaxed high that will probably put you to sleep in a few hours. This is why it’s used medicinally for insomnia and anxiety. Sativa, on the other hand, will perk up your senses. It sometimes helps people feel more imaginative and creative.

Don’t Plan on Going Anywhere

It may be legal to use cannabis, but that doesn’t mean it’s legal to drive under the influence, so plan on staying put for the rest of the evening in a comfortable place. Even if you don’t fall asleep within a few hours, you shouldn’t be driving around until you get a better handle on how using cannabis will affect you. Taking a walk may not be a bad idea, but it might be a good idea to have some company and be familiar with the area.

Learn the Lingo

What’s the difference between a joint and a blunt? Who’s got the munchies? Dank? Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with these terms—many first-timers aren’t. Understand your fellow cannabis users with this quick guide.

Update Your Takeout Menus and Delivery Services

The stereotype of cannabis making you hungry holds true, and you will learn that when you start consuming cannabis. That’s why you’d be wise to prepare for your inevitable hunger ahead of time. As you won’t want to plan on going anywhere, you’ll need food brought to you (assuming you’re not preparing food at home). Obviously, you may not be able to predict what kind of food you’ll be craving once you start feeling the effects of the cannabis. Best to gather takeout menus to all of your favorite places ahead of time. If they don’t deliver, you’ll also need to have an app or courier service you can call upon to deliver your food to you.
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Surround Yourself with Good Friends

Part of the joy of using cannabis is the company you keep while smoking. This is particularly important the first time. Remember, you won’t know for sure how your first experience will go, so you’ll want people you like and trust around. If you have a bad reaction, you need to know the people around will take care of you.

With any luck, you’ll be part of a group of friends that has fun hanging out together every time you use cannabis.