Tips for a First Time Weed Smoker

Do you want to smoke weed? Are you unsure how to do it? If you are a first-time weed smoker, then we have a bunch of great tips to make your first experience enjoyable.

People smoke weed for lots of reasons. Many smoke weed for a recreational high that is safer than drinking alcohol. And some people smoke cannabis for medicinal benefits:

  • Relieve aches and pains
  • Reduce nausea
  • Relieve Migraines
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Improve Appetite
  • Reduce inflammation

Whatever your reason for learning to smoke weed, we have the best tips for the first time weed smoker.


Before sitting down to smoke weed for the first time, you need to prepare for the experience. By following our tips on how to prepare to smoke weed, you’ll guarantee a better experience.

Get Information From a Professional

Before your first time smoking, you’ll want to talk to a budtender at your local dispensary. Budtenders are weed professionals that will have lots of valuable information about the right kinds of weed to smoke for your first time.

Depending on why you are smoking cannabis, the budtender will recommend certain medicinal and recreational strains. They will also suggest which strains are better for first-time users, give dosage instructions, and explain the best consumption and storage methods.

Control Your Surroundings

You want your first experience to be in a safe and comfortable environment. You’ll want your space to be as relaxing as possible—find your happy place. This is generally a living room in your home and not the back alley of a 7 Eleven. (That would be the opposite of safe.)

You do not want to smoke weed for the first time with strangers or shady dudes. Make sure to surround yourself with friends you trust. You’ll want to trust they will take care of you and not pass you any harmful weed. 

Clear Your Schedule

First-time weed smokers often pass out or feel heavy-bodied. You will in no way be able to function for regular routines after your first time smoking weed. And you don’t want to smoke weed right before you have to go somewhere. Odds are, you won’t make it.

Bring Water

When you smoke weed, your mouth’s receptors stop producing saliva, creating another side effect of smoking weed is dry mouth or “cotton mouth.” Dry mouth will go away once the THC is out of your system.

When smoking weed, you want to have water near you for several reasons:

  • Reduces dry mouth
  • Quenches thirst
  • Decreases fatigue
  • Relieves headaches

Another reason to have water is to help with coughing. First-time weed smokers often cough while learning to smoke. Water can help relieve the burn and itch in your throat. According to Bustle magazine, you’ll want to have at least sixteen ounces of water ready before you begin.

Load Up On Snacks

Feeling hungry is a common side effect of smoking weed. This is called “the munchies.” Most people get the munchies from smoking weed, especially the first time you smoke. 

You’ll want to load up on your favorite snacks beforehand so that you don’t feel the need to drive while you are high. This will also save you money in the long run because sometimes munchie cravings take over. And then you’ll spend crazy amounts of money Doordashing creamy mac and cheesy or Hostess Snowballs. 

Don’t question the munchies, or they will own you.

Choose A Beginner-Friendly Piece

When first starting, you want to start small to learn how your body will react to the weed. Because there are many ways to smoke weed, you’ll want to keep it simple by starting with a:

  • Joint: This is a small amount of cannabis rolled in a thin paper for smoking like a cigarette.
  • Blunt: This is a cigar wrapper filled with cannabis. One blunt is equal to six joints.
  • Bowl: This is a small smoking pipe where a small amount of weed is placed in the pipe bowl to be lit.

Do not start with a bong or dabs. This will wreck you and not in a good way.

Are you looking for a great strain of marijuana or prerolled joints? Check out Sparc’s extensive selection of buds, plants, and prerolled joints for first-time weed smokers in the California Bay Area.

Tips for a First Time Weed Smoker

Edibles, Concentrates or a Plain Joint

If this is your first time, then it is advisable not to overindulge. It’s best to start off small and get a feel. Learn how your body reacts to weed.

There are loads of different smoking options, including joints, blunt bowls, bongs, vapes, and other varieties of devices on the market. For your first time, you should probably keep it simple and start by sharing a joint with a friend. Don’t try to roll it yourself as you will probably do it wrong. If your first time smoking weed will be with someone who has rolled a joint and smoked before, then let them roll it. If you are smoking with someone who is also a newbie, then you can ask someone you know and trust to roll it for you. Alternatively, you can ask the person working at the dispensary where you are purchasing the weed from to do it for you. Make sure to let them know that it’s your first time.

It’s important to be aware that weed won’t immediately affect you. It usually takes a few minutes – at least! – for the effects to kick in. Again, depending on the strain, the length of time it will take for the effects to take hold, and the intensity of the effects, will all vary according to the potency of the particular strain you are smoking.

It is not a good idea to start puffing on a spliff multiple times because you haven’t felt anything in the first thirty seconds. Take a couple of puffs and pass it on. Use the time in between, while you are waiting until it’s your turn to have a puff again, to gauge how you are feeling. Are you noticing any change in your mood? Do you feel high yet? More importantly, am I okay? Do I feel overwhelmed, or am I calm?

If the effects have kicked in and you feel in any way uncomfortable, simply pass when it’s your turn again to let any negative feelings dissipate.

Don’t Smoke Alone

Tips for a First Time Weed Smoker

It is not a good idea to try out a mind-altering substance that you have no experience with on your own the first time you use it. With no prior experience, you have no idea how weed will affect you. Having someone there who is sensible and that you know and trust is advisable. They will help to keep you grounded if you have a bad experience and feel overwhelmed by the effects. Also, they hopefully will be able to tell you when you’ve had enough, too, so that you don’t overindulge your first time.

Down the line, when you have more experience smoking weed and know how it will affect you and are also aware of your limits, you will feel a lot more comfortable having a spliff on your own. Apart from all of the practical and sensible reasons for smoking weed with friends, you also can discuss with them how you are feeling during it, and they can tell you how they feel.

Try to make your first time smoking weed as enjoyable as possible. Having a friend, or a few friends, there to share the experience with you will make it a lot more fun.

How to Buy It

In order to smoke weed, you need to have weed, so this first step is pretty simple.

Most of the time, first-time cannabis consumers will smoke someone else’s weed. Someone will hand you a joint, bong or, God forbid, an edible at a party because “it’s just crazy man that you haven’t been high before.”

In that case, you can skip this step and read on. But, if you really want to impress your friends, or simply want to experience being high for the first time in a more personally accommodating environment (read: in your house by yourself), you need to know how to buy it.

We’re going to stick with legal procurement, here, because we have to respect the law. So, when you’re heading into a dispensary, there are a few things you need to remember.

Bring your ID.

This is not an option. This isn’t a college bar where you can sweet talk the bartender into serving you because “you swear you’re 21!”

These institutions are heavily regulated and one wrong move ruins it for all of us. And, trust us, you don’t want to get all the way through the line just to be told you can’t be served.

Allow yourself plenty of time.

Most of the dispensaries have lines out the door at all times. You may not be able to make it there and back on a lunch break. Allow for time to be in line and time to check out the product. You want to be able to make a quality choice, after all.

Speaking of time, don’t go right at closing.

Remember when we said these dispensaries are heavily regulated? Well, just because you’re there before they close doesn’t mean they have to serve you. Everyone has to have paid and be gone when “closing time” hits.

So, even if you wait in line for two hours, if it’s time, it’s time, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Don’t argue with the staff.

They’re just doing their jobs, man, and they have to remain legal for bud to remain legal.

Ask for help.

Bud tenders are trained to help guide you through this process. Don’t know which strain to get? Don’t know how much to buy? Don’t know if you’re in the mood for Sour Patch Kids or cookies? They will be more than happy to assist you.

Bring cash.

Some dispensaries cannot take plastic yet. You don’t want to get all the way to check out only to find that you can’t actually buy any bud at all.

How to Consume It

Alright, so you’ve made it legally through the line and you’ve got weed in hand. What’s next?

You need to smoke it, right? Your smoking options are as follows: joint, blunt, bowl, bong, vape and another myriad of devices that probably aren’t fit for a first-timer.

A joint or blunt is probably the easiest way to smoke, but rolling can be hard if you’ve never done it before (and we’re assuming you haven’t), so let’s skip that. Bong rips may be a bit too harsh and heavy for a first-timer as well, and vapes can be expensive.

So, we’re recommending you go with a bowl.

You can purchase a bowl at any head shop. To find a head shop in your area, Google “head shops in my area.” We also recommend picking up a grinder while you’re there, so you don’t have to worry about trying to properly break up weed.

Put the weed in the grinder (after removing the stem) and turn the top and bottom in opposite directions. Once it is ground, pack the weed tightly to the rim of the bowl. Hold the bowl up to your mouth, light it and inhale. Hold the smoke in, and then exhale when necessary.

And, there you have it! You’ve officially smoked weed!

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your experience goes as smoothly as possible.

No matter what state you’re in right now, you cannot smoke weed in public.

It’s still illegal. So, make sure you are at a private residence when you enjoy your bud.

Do not pass a cached bowl to someone.

The term “cached” means the bowl or bong no longer has any smokable bud in it. If you are smoking with friends, do not pass a cached bowl to someone.

He or she will just suck ash through the pipe and probably not want to be your friend anymore.

Remember to “puff, puff, pass.”

This may sound trite, but it’s important. Don’t hog the weed if you’re smoking with friends.

Edibles Addendum

If you decided to go HAM and purchase edibles, BE CAREFUL.

Eating edibles? Read the dosage properly.

Make an appropriate decision on how much you should eat. Then, eat half of that. You don’t want to ruin weed your first time because you ate too many brownies and got so sky high you lost your perception of reality.

What to Expect

You’ve just exhaled your first puff of smoke. Your heart has started to race a bit. Is that the weed or nerves? Did you say that out loud?

What’s happening to your body? What if weed isn’t for you? Why did you wear that sweater on picture day in fifth grade?

Take a moment and just breathe. You will feel your heart race a bit and your face will get a little flush. You might even feel kind of light-headed. Odds are it’s both the weed and your nerves, and that’s OK. It will pass in a minute.

Here’s what else you should expect when you’re high.

You will get the munchies.

The cannabinoids in marijuana work with your neurons, and they basically tell your brain it’s time to eat, even if it’s not. Make sure you have food on hand before you smoke. If not, Domino’s delivers, y’all.

Your mouth will get dry.

Maybe you’ve heard the nasty cottonmouth rumors floating around. Well, they’re true.

Marijuana will dry out your mouth and eyes, so make sure you’ve got plenty of liquids around.

It will last about two hours.

But, your body will calm down in about 15 minutes, and you will be able to relax and enjoy your buzz — unless you ate edibles, in which case, the high can last longer depending on the dose.

Time will go by fairly slowly.

This is normal. The beautiful thing about weed is it allows you to savor every moment for what feels like longer. Take it all in.

If you don’t feel high, smoke more.

The great thing about weed is you can never do too much.

We hope this helped all you canna-virgins out there, and for all you seasoned smokers, we hope it brought back some memories of days past.

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