Every veteran stoner has an equally inexperienced rookie friend who’s always up for getting high, despite not knowing their limits. If you find yourself smoking marijuana with such a friend, being aware of some things beforehand can help ensure you both have an enjoyable experience. The last thing you want to do is end up taking care of your newbie pal, instead of kicking back and relaxing along with everyone else. Here are five ways to avoid ending up in that exact situation.
Surround Your Rookie Friend with Experienced Stoners
Not only will experienced stoners (perhaps like yourself) show your rookie friend the ropes when it comes to enjoying bud, they’ll also be able to recognize any signs of anxiety or panic—which a first-timer may experience. They’ll also be able to teach your rookie friend about stoner etiquette: “Pass the joint, please?”
When Consuming Edibles, Monitor Them
When you eat edibles, it becomes a lot more difficult to gauge how much weed you’ve consumed. Unlike smoking joints, the effects of edibles can be much stronger, especially if your edible is highly concentrated. This can be dangerous for rookies who aren’t aware of their personal limits—those brownies may taste good, but they’re potent! It’ll be up to you to restrict how much your newbie friend eats, keeping them at a euphoric high and not a state of panic.
Make Sure You Smoke in a Safe, Enclosed Space
The best place for your rookie friend to get high is their own home, or another familiar and safe environment — avoid public spaces! Once the psychoactive effects kick in, you never know how your friend will react. Being in a foreign space may spook a rookie if they do end up feeling anxious and paranoid as a result of the weed. While everyone responds to marijuana differently, you still want to be prepared for the worst.
Don’t Mix with Other Substances
Mixing substances is never a good idea, and the same can be said about marijuana. Whether it’s weed and alcohol or weed and another drug, the combined effects often don’t end well.
Don’t Drive While Impaired
“Never driving impaired” should be a rule of thumb, regardless of whether you’re using marijuana, alcohol or another substance. The effects of cannabis can be delayed depending on how it was consumed, so it’s always better to air on the side of caution and not get behind the wheel if you plan to light up. If your rookie friend insists they’re fine to drive, maybe suggest a cab (or a nice breezy walk?)
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