Beginners Guide to Cannabis Use

beginners guide to cannabis

Are you new to the world of cannabis? There is a lot that you need to learn about the bud before you begin using it. After all, there are different types of marijuana out there. And each of them has a different effect. Similarly, there are various types of delivery methods and ways of consuming cannabis. Merely giving tips for new pot users isn’t enough for beginners to get a firm grasp on using marijuana. Here is everything you must know about using cannabis.

beginners guide to cannabisThe types of cannabis

There are four primary forms of marijuana. Here is how they differ from one another.


Sativas’ have a very distinct smell that is quite similar to pines. People go for sativa mainly when they want to boost their creativity or become the life of the party. This is because this type of cannabis is known to give you a head high. This is delivered by the high THC content within sativa.

Sativa is reported to have effects to the body by:

  • Boosting energy levels
  • Stimulating the senses and mind of the individual
  • Helping the mind focus on the task at hand
  • Uplifting mood


The distinctive feature of indica is that they tend to have a rich and deep color. This cannabis is known to deliver immense relaxation to the body. It is known to affect the body more than the head of those who consume it. This is why indicas are mostly used for relieving stress, pain, anxiety and combatting with insomnia.

Indica is reportedly known to have these effects on the body:

  • Relaxing the mind and body and hence being an excellent form of cannabis to use after work
  • Alleviating pain and feeling of nausea
  • Stimulating appetite
  • Calming down nerves, thereby reducing anxiety


As the name suggests, hybrids tend to contain various strains. These strains are blended together. The reported effects they have on the body depends on the type of strain used in the hybrid. For instance, hybrid cannabis that has more indica in it will have a more relaxing

effect on the body. Compared to this, if there are more sativa strains in the blend, it will boost your energy and make you giggle.

Hybrids are reportedly known to be used when you want to:

  • Have a balance between relaxation and euphoria
  • Make your own blend, thereby controlling the effect it has on your body
  • Have various options to choose from


Unlike the other three forms that tend to make you “high,” CBD is not psychoactive at all. This is because it has little to no THC content in it.

Some of the effects CBD that are being reported are:

  • Reducing inflammation
  • Alleviating both chronic pain (back, joint, leg) and arthritis pain
  • Improving sleep cycle
  • Helping the body heal post exercise

What are the chemical substances in cannabis?

Did you know that cannabis contains hundreds of chemical substances? Over a hundred of those are known as cannabinoids which are made and stored in the cannabis plant’s trichomes. The small, clear hairs that protrude from the leaf and flower of the cannabis plant are the trichomes. Cannabinoids have an impact on cell receptors in the cerebrum and body. They can change how those cells act and speak with one another.


Another name for THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the most researched cannabinoid. This cannabinoid is in charge of how your body and brain will respond to the weed which includes the high and euphoria. There are some therapeutic effects that come with THC but in hindsight also has detrimental effects. The harmful effects of the THC may be increased when the strength of the THC is higher.

In marijuana, the THC potency (concentration or strength) is usually listed by a percentage of THC by weight (or by volume of an oil). In dried cannabis, the average potency today is 15% but back in the 1980s was only an average of 3%. However, some strains can have an average as high as 30% THC.

Hemp is cannabis that contains an extremely low amount of THC in its flowers and leaves, less than 0.3%.


Another cannabinoid is cannabidiol with is known as CBD. CBD doesn’t have a high or intoxication effect like THC does. CBD has been known to block or lower some of the effects of THC on the mind.

This can occur when the amount of CBD and THC is the same or the CBD is higher than the THC. Studies are ongoing on the possible therapeutic uses of CBD.

Terpenes Along with the cannabinoids, terpenes are chemicals that are made and stored in the trichomes of the weed plant. It is the terpenes which provide cannabis its unique smell.

Delivery methods of cannabis

There are different ways you can consume cannabis. Each has a varying effect on the experience as well as on the body. Decide which method to use based on your personal preferences.


A conventional delivery method of cannabis is through a vaporizer. These devices come in many shapes and sizes, like pens and hence can easily be carried along where ever you go. The portable device requires little to no heating time. Rather than combusting the marijuana, they work by vaporizing it. This process helps the device in releasing the active compounds of marijuana without any hint of unhealthy toxins. It allows you to experience the effect of marijuana instantly.

Flowers and prerolls

Marijuana can be found in unprocessed and traditional form as well. You can use the flower bud and use it in your bong, vaporizer or pipe. Such cannabis is cut and cured to ensure excellent consistency. This allows for easy consumption and maximum impact.

Flowers can be added to traditional joints known as pre-rolls. Rather than putting the cannabis and rolling it, pre-rolled versions are available for beginners. Since they are already prepared, beginners don’t need to worry about adding too much cannabis. This makes it ideal for beginners.


Rather than consuming cannabis, another delivery method is by applying them topically. Topical cannabis is usually non-psychoactive and is used for medicinal purposes. For instance, CBD oil can be used topically. However, since it doesn’t have THC (the element that makes you high), it doesn’t give you a high. However, you can find transdermal patches as well that can be attached to your body to deliver THC through the skin.

How long do cannabis effects last?

The exact duration of the effect of cannabis depends on the consumer, the delivery method and the form of cannabis. If you are used to consuming marijuana, it might not have a lasting effect on you. On average, it lasts for about one to six hours depending on the strength of the cannabis consumed.

What to have with you when you are taking cannabis

As a beginner, the quality of your experience will depend on what you have with you when you consume pot. Here are what beginners must be accompanied with:

  • Friends: Make sure you consume cannabis when surrounded by friends who have experience in using pot. They will give you the guidance needed and ensure that you don’t overdo it.
  • Food: Never use weed on an empty stomach. Always eat something prior to it. Also, if you feel that you are getting too high, sniffing a lemon might help.
  • Water: Drinking ample water is required anyway for maintaining health. However, when smoking cannabis, you must ensure that you are properly hydrated. Drink a glass or two before, during and after you use marijuana.


These are just some of the guidelines and tips for new pot users. However, understanding the basics will prepare you for a relaxing and safe experience. Have fun with marijuana. But, don’t forget to be safe when you do so!

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