A BEGINNER’S 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.