Purchasing & Trying Weed for the First Time

Big congrats on making the decision to take that leap toward trying marijuana. We welcome you to the family! First things first, some helpful advice to ensure you’re as ready as possible for the entire process from purchasing, prepping, and storing to what to expect when trying weed for the first time.

How Much Weed Should I Buy?

Great question! First, the legal stuff.

Arizona currently has around 120 medical marijuana dispensaries, and medical marijuana patients can legally purchase, possess and use marijuana if they have a valid medical marijuana card. On November 3, Arizona voters passed Prop 207, the Smart and Safe Act, by 60 percent of the vote, which legalizes and regulates recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older. So, as long as you qualify for any of these categories (medical marijuana patient, 21 years and up, etc.), then you are eligible to purchase weed in Arizona. However, recreational users may need to wait just a bit longer - recreational purchases are scheduled to begin in Arizona by mid-2021, however delays could occur due to demands of the pandemic. Stay tuned for timeline updates for legal recreational purchases to launch in Arizona.

Next, the fun stuff. 

If you’re wondering, “how much weed should I buy?” or “how much does the average person consume?” Key to Cannabis provides an excellent guide with reference points on how much weed to purchase for consumers at all stages, but for first-time buyers, the perfect jumping-off point is anywhere between a gram or an eighth. This way, you can sample test a specific strain before committing to any large quantity. 

How to Roll Up Weed

Rolling a joint or blunt is definitely an acquired skill! It’s also a great way to enjoy the flavor of your favorite flower. Leafly offers the perfect step-by-step guide with visuals for rolling the perfect joint either with or without a filter.

  1. Grind 
  2. Create crutch/filter
  3. Fill 
  4. Pack 
  5. Roll 
  6. Finish 
  7. Enjoy

The 7th step is perhaps the most important and should not, for any reason, be skipped. 

How Long Can You Store Weed?

It’s not as much a question of “how long can you store weed?” as it is, “how should you store weed?” How long your weed lasts depends immensely on how you take care of it. Just like certain foods, wines, or medications, cannabis is best when stored in a specific climate. Dark, cool and humid is optimal to achieve maximum lifespan, which ranges anywhere from six months to one year before it begins losing flavor and potency.

Mildew and molds on marijuana and other organic substances often thrive in temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, which is why storing your cannabis in a dark, cool and humid place will make all the difference in prolonging potency. Excessive heat can expedite the expiration process by quickly drying out the terpenes and cannabinoids, leading to harsh, hot smoke – trust us, it’s a thoroughly unenjoyable experience. If your relative humidity (RH) level drops too low, you run the risk of the trichomes becoming bitter and drying out the marijuana’s essential oils, so anywhere between 59 and 63 percent is ideal. 

Additionally, air control is key. While marijuana needs oxygen to grow and cure, you’ll want to store yours in a container with just the right amount of air in order to keep it fresh and in its original state. Too little air can impact the humidity, and too much air can accelerate the degradation process. Be sure to check out our N2 cans which help preserve weed up to a year - so if you buy more than needed at the moment, rest assured the weed will not dry and lose potency when stored properly.

How Long Does Being High Last?

According to Healthline, everyone metabolizes differently. You can expect a cannabis high to last anywhere from 2 to 10 hours, depending on a range of factors, including:

  • How much you consume
  • THC content/overall potency
  • Your body weight and body fat percentage
  • Your overall metabolic rate 
  • Whether or not you’ve eaten
  • Your overall tolerance level

How long the substance takes to kick in, how quickly you feel the effects and how long those effects last also often depend on your method of use:

  • Smoking or Vaping: You can begin to feel effects within 2 to 10 minutes, and it can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, though effects can linger for up to 8 hours.
  • Eating: The effects of edibles typically kick in within 30 to 60 minutes, peaking around 2 hours, and can linger up to 24 hours. 
  • Dabbing: This method has a higher THC content than others, so it typically kicks in immediately and can last 1 to 3 hours with effects lingering the entire day.

No matter the method of consumption, it’s always possible to have just a bit too much. If this occurs and you’re looking to cut your journey short, Healthline offers some tricks you can try that help bring you down to earth:

  • Lie down to rest or take a nap
  • Stay hydrated
  • Add some CBD to counteract the effects of THC
  • Chew or smell some black pepper
  • Eat some pine nuts
  • Eat some lemon or add some lemon juice to water

In addition to our advice, check out these awesome tips from Leafly for first-time smokers. How to roll up weed, how much to purchase, how long you can store weed, how long does being high last - don’t worry, these aren’t just rookie questions but things that even seasoned consumers should stop to consider. Prep your space, clear your mind and fully embrace this new adventure. Enjoy!