A BEGIN­NER’S GUIDE

Where Seattle - - I-502 Guide -

Not sure where to be­gin with recre­ational cannabis? Below, in­for­ma­tion to get you started. that orig­i­nated in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. In­dica is thought to have orig­i­nated near Afghanistan. The plant is short and bushy. Sa­tiva, on the other hand, is be­lieved to come from more tem­per­ate ar­eas close to the equa­tor. The Sa­tiva plant is tall and thin. The two cat­e­gories are also thought to give users a dif­fer­ent type of high. In­dica’s effects are more full body and re­lax­ing. Many peo­ple pre­fer to use In­dica at night, when they want to re­lax on the couch. Sa­tiva gives a more up­lift­ing high that leaves peo­ple feel­ing en­er­gized. It tends to be more pop­u­lar for use dur­ing the day. There are also hy­brid strains that have char­ac­ter­is­tics from each—if you don’t know what to get, ask at the recre­ational cannabis store. Em­ploy­ees are well versed in what they carry and can help you find the right prod­uct. Smok­ing cannabis re­leases tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol— THC—from the cannabis, which gets ab­sored into the blood­stream through the lungs. THC is the main psy­choac­tive chem­i­cal in cannabis. Op­tions for smok­ing in­clude joints (a slang term for cig­a­rettes made with cannabis, some­times mixed with to­bacco or other non-ad­dic­tive herbs), blunts (cannabis rolled in a cigar wrap­per), pipes (also called pieces or bowls, where the cannabis is placed in the bowl, a heat source is ap­plied and the user draws air through the stem) and bongs (sim­i­lar to pipes but with a wa­ter cham­ber the smoke passes through be­fore in­hala­tion). If it’s the first time smok­ing, it is rec­om­mended to use only a pinch and wait 10-15 min­utes to see what ef­fect the mar­i­juana has. - Ed­i­bles can be a good op­tion for tourists, since places to smoke are limited with­out a pri­vate space, such as a pri­vate home. Ed­i­bles can be tricky, how­ever, as it takes the body a lot longer to me­tab­o­lize the THC. En­joy the ed­i­ble treats (ev­ery­thing from choco­lates to cook­ies) slowly—they are of­ten made with con­cen­trated cannabis oil, mak­ing them quite strong. Even if you’ve had homemade ed­i­bles in the past, these reg­u­lated treats can be very dif­fer­ent. It is sug­gested to start with a sin­gle serv­ing or less, and wait two to three hours to see what the effects are. It’s also im­por­tant to keep ed­i­bles away from chil­dren and an­i­mals, as they look—and taste—like reg­u­lar treats.

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