If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve come to the right place
because I’m going to teach you how to smoke a joint.
Smoking a joint might seem pretty simple,
but there’s actually a good amount of stuff to know about before you take your first toke.
Here’s a one-paper joint that was rolled using Rio Bravo from Edison Cannabis Co.
When it’s smoked, Lift & Co. reviews say that it has a herbal, lemony, pine flavour.
Some people swear by “baptizing” their joints.
This means they put it in their mouth, holding the filter, and cover it with their spit.
The idea is that it will burn slower because the rolling paper is damp,
but this step is definitely optional.
To light the joint, don’t put it in your mouth like a cigarette.
You want to hold it in front of you and hold the flame to the tip until there’s a little red ember.
Now it’s ready to smoke.
Watch as I inhale slowly, hold in my breath for a second or two, then exhale.
Now you’ll want to wait a minute. You’ll likely start to feel the effects pretty quickly.
Cannabis smoke can be harsh, so don’t be surprised if you start coughing.
Also, you might feel a sensation in the back of your throat.
Some people think holding it in longer will result in a stronger effect, but there’s no need to do that.
You’ll likely just end up coughing.
Smoking a joint isn’t like smoking a cigarette.
The point isn’t to make it all the way through. For beginners, “one puff is usually enough.”
So what’s happening when you’re smoking a joint?
Well, you’re consuming cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are a group of closely related chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant
that mingle with the brain’s receptors and lead to a range of physical and mental effects.
There are over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in the plant
but the most well-known one is tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC.
THC is what gives cannabis its psychoactive effects,
or to put it more plainly, it’s what makes you feel high.
It gives you more of a brain buzz than a body buzz.
If you’re trying cannabis for the first time, it’s best to go with a strain that’s lower in THC, think 10 percent and under.
Some strains can go up to 30 percent, so really be aware of the product you’re smoking.
The second most popular cannabinoid is called cannabidiol, or CBD for short.
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t impact brain function.
Instead, it’s reported to have relaxing physical effects.
It also reported to have medicinal properties like anti-inflammation.
While there’s no singular experience when smoking cannabis,
there are some commonly reported sensations and experiences such as:
Perspective of time can feel skewed.
It might be hard to follow and focus on with conversations.
It could feel easier to laugh.
Often, there are busts of euphoric or uplifting feelings.
It’s important to remember that the effects don’t last forever.
Most people report that they sober up in a few hours.