What you need to know before using marijuana

As a beginner stoner, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of cannabis. With so many strains, methods of consumption, and regulations, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, with some basic knowledge and guidance, you can become a confident and responsible cannabis consumer. Here's all you need to know as a beginner stoner:

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant that contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids. The most well-known cannabinoid is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Other cannabinoids, such as CBD (cannabidiol), have non-psychoactive properties and are known for their potential therapeutic benefits.

How to Consume Cannabis

There are several methods of consuming cannabis, each with its own unique effects and benefits. Smoking and vaping are the most common methods of consumption, but cannabis can also be consumed through edibles, tinctures, and topicals.

When smoking or vaping cannabis, it is important to start with a small amount and gradually increase the dosage to avoid overconsumption. Edibles take longer to take effect but can produce longer-lasting and more potent effects. Tinctures and topicals offer non-psychoactive benefits and can be used for medicinal purposes.

Choosing the Right Strain

There are countless strains of cannabis available, each with its own unique properties and effects. Indica strains are known for their relaxing and sedative effects, while Sativa strains offer more energizing and uplifting effects. Hybrid strains combine the effects of both Indica and Sativa.

When choosing a strain, it is important to consider your personal preferences and the desired effects. It is also important to purchase cannabis from a reputable source to ensure quality and safety.

Understanding Dosage and Potency

Cannabis potency is measured by the percentage of THC present in the plant. As a beginner, it is important to start with a low-potency strain and gradually increase the dosage to avoid overconsumption. It is also important to know the legal limits for cannabis possession and consumption in your area.

Responsible Consumption

Responsible cannabis consumption is essential for both personal and public safety. It is important to consume cannabis in a safe and private location, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence, and store cannabis products in a secure location out of reach of children and pets.

In addition, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects of cannabis consumption, such as impaired cognitive function, anxiety, and paranoia. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before using cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Legalization and Regulations

The legality of cannabis varies by location, with some areas allowing for medical and/or recreational use, while others prohibit all forms of cannabis use. It is important to research and abide by local laws and regulations regarding cannabis possession and consumption.


As a beginner stoner, it is important to start with a basic understanding of cannabis, consumption methods, strain selection, dosage, and responsible consumption. By educating yourself and following safe and responsible consumption practices, you can enjoy the benefits of cannabis while minimizing potential risks and negative effects. Always remember to consume cannabis in moderation and to respect local laws and regulations.

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