8 Things You Should Know About Cannabis

Woman holding out cannabis joint outside

Woman holding out cannabis joint outside

For those curious about cannabis or those who are ready to be first-time consumers, knowing where to begin is crucial. For decades, cannabis has been demonized by the government, causing distrust, confusion, and misinformation among the greater population. Thanks to dedicated scientists and cannabis advocates, we are on the horizon of a new and more honest beginning. As we enter an era of acceptance and curiosity, cannabis has not only become more accepted but welcomed, as legalization sweeps across the country. 34 states have legalized cannabis for medical use, and 12 states for adult recreational use. 

Whether you’re interested in cannabis use to aid with a medical issue or it’s just something you’d always like to try to help spark a little inspiration, start off with this list for some information prior to beginning your cannabis journey. 

 

 

1. Shake Off the Stigma

As more states begin to legalize cannabis and federal legalization seemingly right around the corner, it’s important to shake off the stigma that has been attached to the plant for so long. Unfortunately, years of misrepresentation and propaganda have led the majority to believe that cannabis is dangerous and harmful, lumping it in with illegal narcotics. However, this could not be farther from the truth, as cannabis has been proven to help with a variety of health issues, including anxiety, loss of appetite, and seizures, and even cancer. 

 

 

2. Use Responsibly 

Cannabis is a mind-altering substance. It’s important to use it safely and responsibly. Just like you wouldn’t drive a car drunk, you shouldn’t use THC products and operate a vehicle. The same can be said of CBD products, though they typically don’t have mind-altering or potent psychoactive effects. It is encouraged to use cannabis safely in your home for the first few times, at least you know how it affects your body. You should keep all products locked and stored away so it is out of the reach of animals and children. Cannabis is not meant for those who are underage.

 

 

3. Ask Questions

When you visit a cannabis dispensary such as a From The Earth shop for the first time, remember that the employees are there to help. They are knowledgeable on a wide array of products and want to take the time to get to know you as well as your needs. This will help them provide proper recommendations. When it comes to cannabis, education is the goal. Finding out what works for you starts with asking questions and having an open mind. Due to the misinformation that has been put out for years, it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction.

 

 

4. Start Slow

Potency is an important factor to keep in mind when consuming cannabis products, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran. Pay close attention to the THC percentages in flowers and THC mg in edibles.  Rule #1 is you can always consume more, but you cannot go back and consume less. If your body is not acquainted with the feelings and sensations of being high or you consume more THC than your body needs, there is a chance you’ll experience negative side effects. This can leave you feeling anxious, dizzy, and otherwise unpleasant. 

Be safe and start out with the mindset that ‘less is more’. Give your body time to process the THC and wait until you feel the effects before consuming more. Particularly when it comes to edibles as they take longer to kick in due to having to journey through the digestive tract. 

Man sitting on couch rolling a joint of marijuana

 

5. Get Comfortable

Start off by using cannabis products for the first time in the safety of your home. While it would be tempting to try it at an outing, such as a festival or hanging somewhere with friends, until you know how the high will affect you, it is best to begin at home. This way, you are in comfortable and familiar surroundings, without worrying about traveling or relying on a ride to get back to your house. 

 

 

6. Verbiage is Important 

First thing’s first – when talking about cannabis, avoid calling it ‘marijuana’. This particular term has spent so long in the spotlight that it has been painted as a negative and derogatory word while associating it with addiction instead of holistic wellness. It also has racist roots, during the war on drugs Harry Anslinger the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was quoted saying “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use”. This is just one example of the government’s campaign to criminalize the plant and paint the term in a negative light. So when speaking to friends & family, remember its history and make sure your go-to lingo includes ‘cannabis’ and ‘cannabis products’. 

 

 

7. Know Your Terminology

There will be a lot of new words you will stumble across during your cannabis journey. Learning them all upfront may seem like a daunting task, but remember – when you visit a cannabis dispensary, they are there to help! From The Earth staff is trained and highly knowledgeable, willing to answer questions and provide assistance. 

A popular question includes the difference between CBD and THC. While CBD has a non-psychoactive effect and is a derivative of Cannabidiol, you can read more in-depth about it in a previous article.

 

 

8. Types of Cannabis

Other than the edibles mentioned above, there is a multitude of ways to enjoy cannabis. Part of starting out is finding what suits you best. There is the traditional route of smoking the cannabis flower. This can be rolled in a joint or blunt, or consumed through a pipe, bubbler, or bong. Different types of flowers can be bought at From The Earth cannabis dispensary. 

Vaping has taken off in popularity, cannabis instead being consumed through a desktop device that contains an oven-like chamber that heats the cannabis to release vapors for inhalation. Cartridges are available for purchase at cannabis dispensaries, including the varied selection at From The Earth. They are pocket-sized and can be activated at the push of a button. 

For something a bit outside of the norm, many people enjoy applying topicals instead of smoking or vaping. Topicals can be used as a spot treatment or applied regularly to help with chronic and day-to-day ailments. Some of these can include arthritis, fresh tattoos, old scars, sunburns, and more. From The Earth sells these products as creams, ointments, and even bath bombs.

Last but not least, another great option would be using tinctures. They are similar to edibles, as they are ingested. To use, just add a drop or two directly under your tongue, or mix into your favorite tea or smoothie to add a boost of flavor. Make sure to follow the instructions to use the directed amount. 

Must-Have Marijuana Accessories for the Cannabis Connoisseur

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Marijuana glass pipe with marijuana grinder and lighter and other accessories

Whether you are a cannabis connoisseur or a marijuana master, having the right marijuana accessories is always a must. But what types of accessories does one need and where can you find them? 

Let’s go over some of the must-have items you need to have ready in your marijuana arsenal. 

 

Accessories for Smoking

When it comes to smoking marijuana there are a number of accessories you need, even just for the actual smoking itself. But, there are also plenty of other accessories that you could use to go along with them. 

 

Ashtray

An ashtray is definitely needed when it comes to smoking. Whether you are smoking a joint or pipe, it’s a necessity. No one wants to have roaches discarded throughout their house or ashes on their coffee table, and you can’t and don’t always want to have to smoke outside. So having a handy ashtray in prime smoking locations is a must. Plus you can pick your style and show off some flair when it comes to choosing an ashtray. You can go for something subtle and minimalistic or flashy and decorative to add a little extra pizazz to your living room decor.

 

Bong

Bongs are a fun change of pace when it comes to smoking. Some even say that taking a hit from a bong hits harder and faster than smoking. But as we all know, marijuana affects people differently. A bong is great for anyone who doesn’t like the harsh burning feeling you get when smoking a joint or from a pipe. With a bong, the water creates a vapor in the chamber which is what you inhale, and not by breathing in straight from the flower itself and getting that scorched feeling in the back of your throat. So if you are looking for something a little less harsh, a bong is a great accessory to have.

 

Multiple marijuana glass pipes in weed shop

Glass Pipe

If you like smoking joints and don’t want to invest in a bong, a glass pipe is a good alternative, or just a great piece to add to your collection. Glass pipes are used to smoke dried marijuana products and make for a smoother hit than that from a joint. 

Owning a glass pipe is also nice because you won’t have to worry about buying papers all of the time when you want to smoke. All you need is some good cleaning supplies, which we will discuss soon. Plus, glass pipes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Mini pipes are great for a quick one-hit session to yourself with easy cleanup, or you can go all out and get fun pipes that look like an elephant. The possibilities are endless when it comes to glass pipes and make for a great conversation. 

 

Grinder

If you are smoking, you definitely need a grinder in your accessory toolbox. A grinder is used to grind down the flower and break down the buds into hash that can be used for smoking joints, pipes, and more. Grinders can be either manual or electric, similar to a coffee grinder. You can also get grinders that have a screen or filter inside that help to keep all of the larger bits out of the smaller, ground-up bits that are used for smoking. 

 

Accessories for Vaping

 

Vaporizer

A vaporizer is a great way to get high without the toxic and carcinogenic properties that come with smoking a joint or from a pipe. Vaporizers heat marijuana to the point that only the cannabinoids are released, making for a cleaner and healthier smoke session compared to that of a joint.

There are also three types of vaporizers on the market today that you can pick up from your local weed shop. Vape pens and portable vaporizers are a popular version as they can be discreet and used anywhere. There is also a larger version that is not exactly portable but makes for a great vape session with high-quality vapor. 

 

Battery and Case

It goes without saying that if you get a vaporizer, especially a vape pen, you will definitely want to invest in an extra battery and case. Though some vape pens can use a USB charger, it all depends on your pen. Be sure to do your research and always have these accessories handy. 

 

Cleaning Accessories

As we mentioned before, when it comes to owning a pipe or bong, having the proper cleaning supplies is a must. Especially for those who smoke daily, you want to make sure you keep your pipes and bongs clean so that you don’t end up getting sick or create a clog in your piece that is hard to clean. 

For heavy consumers, it is best practice to clean your glass pipe every one or two days. For others who only smoke now and then, it’s best to clean your glass pipe after each use so that you have a clean pipe the next time you go to smoke. Cleaning with fresh water helps to create a tastier and more pleasant experience. But be sure to let your pipe dry completely before storing it. If you don’t clean your pipes often, you could develop bacteria, microorganisms, and or a slimy biofilm. 

 

Good Brushes and Cleaners

Aside from just using water, it would also be a smart idea to invest in a cleaning kit that includes a variety of brushes designed specifically to get into the hard to reach areas that marijuana can accumulate in your pipe or bong. Some kits also include specially formulated cleaners to keep your glass pipe in top shape. 

 

Other Thoughtful Accessories

When it comes to smoking marijuana, no matter how you do it, there are a number of other accessories that everyone should consider. 

 

Eye Drops

If you plan on going out in public and don’t want to draw any extra attention, eye drops are a good accessory to have on hand. Because THC lowers blood pressure in the body, this causes capillaries and blood vessels to dilate creating red eyes. You can always choose an eye drop solution you think is best, but there are also some eye drops that are specifically formulated to treat red eyes due to smoking weed. 

 

Storage Containers

To keep your marijuana safe, fresh, and mask the smell, having good storage is important. It also helps to keep out moisture that could create mold and ruin your stash. Mason jars make for great containers, but you can also find specially designed containers at your local weed shop. 

 

Conclusion

When it comes to marijuana, having the right accessories is a must. We hope our list helps you to find some solutions to your cannabis needs. Be sure to stop by your local From The Earth weed shop to pick up any of these accessories to add to your cannabis kit!

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