Maybe your first smoking experience didn’t go as well as you hoped, or you regularly feel like you get too high. Or, maybe you’ve never smoked before, and want to make your first smoking experience a great one. Either way, we’ve definitely been there. Between advancements in both cultivation techniques and smoking methods, getting extremely high has never been easier. However, it’s also easy to ensure that you have a good time and remain calm—so long as you keep a few simple tips in mind.

As a firm believer in the beneficial wellness properties of cannabis, we put together this little guide to help you make the most of your next smoking session by staying calm, smoking smart, and embracing the high.

6 Tips for the Best Smoke and Chill:

  1. Eat before you Smoke

    Much like you wouldn’t go out for a bachelor party in Las Vegas without eating prior to the booze-filled festivities, we recommend having some food in your stomach before smoking (this holds especially true if you decide to eat an edible). THC spikes your metabolism. What does that mean exactly? Well, your blood sugar will drop, and essentially the longer you haven’t eaten, the higher you’ll get.

  2. Avoid Edibles

    A rule of thumb for novice smokers? Avoid edibles—completely. Too often, we hear people say, “Oh, man, it’s been an hour, we don’t feel anything,” and foolishly eat yet another brownie. Next thing they know, the first edible’s kicking in, it’s more than enough to get the job done, and the second edible’s waiting in the wings to deliver a knockout blow. If you are going to eat edibles, be sure to check out our THC dosage guide.

  3. Use the Right Cannabis

    If you haven’t smoked in a couple decades, don’t hit the joint like it’s mid-80s Mexican brick-weed. Take it slow. The potency levels these days are not to be scoffed at. Also, we recommend starting off with an indica or an indica-heavy hybrid. Sativas offer a more intense mental high that can be off-putting if you aren’t an experienced smoker. Start with an indica, and then move slowly across the spectrum—you might find that while you appreciate the indica body high, a mellower sativa mind trip is preferable (or vice versa). There’s no need to smoke it all at once—take it slow, sample different strains, and don’t necessarily jump right to the top shelf of the dispensary.
    Pro-tip: High-CBD strains contain less THC and actually help mitigate the high caused by high-THC strains (most weed). If you find that you are overly sensitive to THC, give a high-CBD strain a try and you’ll be rewarded with a wave of relief. 

  4. Use a Pipe, Joint, or Vaporizer

    Pipes, joints, and vaporizers make it easier to manage your THC intake. Bong rips can knock you right out, edibles can be stealthy assassins that creep up on you, and dabs are the double black diamonds of the weed world—experts only. When smoking a joint, don’t feel obligated to finish the whole thing; it’s more than acceptable to put it out and save some for later. Same goes for a packed bowl. Start slow, smoke smart, and take it easy. Check out our consumption guide if you’re looking for the right smoking method for you.

  5. Choose the Right Environment

    You wouldn’t want to spark up, say, right in front of a police station, right? It’s best to smoke in a locale that’s comfortable and stress-free, like your best friend’s living room. we love to smoke at spots like beaches, concerts, and ski resorts, but when starting out, it’s best not to smoke in public. Keeping it mellow keeps the paranoia at bay.

  6. Indulge with the Right Crowd

    Smoking with strangers can be a bit stressful, especially if you’re not used to it. We recommend smoking with close friends who you feel comfortable with, friends who won’t judge you for being a bit silly, falling asleep during a movie, or slathering peanut butter on your Oreos. Having a good relationship with your smoking buddies will only multiply the positive vibes of your experience.

Because of the vast diversity of weed strains and the sheer possibilities when it comes to consumption, remember that your smoking experience has infinite potential. Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to have a stress-free and fun high.