Putting the somewhat-facetious harshness in the first post aside…
When using cannabis, there are three major intake areas requiring proper care.
1. Intake Method
To smoke, vaporize, or eat? That is the first cannabis-using question.
For a cannabis rookie, high-quality electronic vaporization makes sense. With a firm temperature setting, the ability to approach cannabis with a “getting feet wet” mindset is fairly straightforward (anyone can set the device at a low setting, let it heat up, and inhale), because the intake is consistent (predictability is obviously important when starting any new activity).
Note that staying away from concentrates as a rookie is apparently righteous. The power of leafy material these days is easily capable of providing a sufficiently powerful entry-level cannabis ride.
2. Intake Amount
Perception alteration always has some form of “Effect to Reality Ratio”, which means how much the alteration volume differentiates from sober reality. With electronic cannabis vaporization, the user can easily start with a minimal effect, so reality clearly overwhelmingly dominates (i.e. so the user basically remains firmly in control). If the effect is unpleasing, then riding out the very mild effect “storm” extremely reduces user risk.
More advanced users can increase the effect volume when appropriate, and gurus can handle the effect overwhelmingly dominating. That latter provides experiencing life in a positively unbelievable (if not also powerfully educational) way.
3. Intake Strain
What happens when you listen to classical music when you prefer to rock out? Imagine the terribly misfitting sensation of going to a rock concert only to have a gentle classical symphony softly and orderly playing over the sound system all night long. The outrage is palpable. If symphony fans reverse the scenario to experience the guitar blast provided by a huge Marshall stack slamming eardrums into head-banging glory, when the delicate harmony of a string quartet is desired, then the same outrageous problem exists.
Cannabis strains can vary dramatically to the point where a user would logically swear that a very different drug is being used. Blackberry, Headband, Blue Dream, Grapefruit, Pineapple Train Wreck, Granddaddy Purple, Blue Kush is a list of noticeably different sensations that only scratches the surface of effects styling availability in cannabis land. Let me cough up a few more offhand to solidify this point… Green Ribbon, Jack Kush, OG Kush, Strawberry Cough (and the list goes on and on)
Seriously, this is the major deviation from the comparison with alcohol. Sure, one may argue that a wine drunk is somewhat different from a beer drunk, and they are both different from a hard liquor drunk, but that potential difference is mere child’s play compared to what cannabis offers for perception-altering effects.
This is an area that I will be revisiting a lot in future posts (including the virtually infinite effects combinations provided by making a strain “salad” — i.e. the composition of two or more strains).
For now, suffice it to say that OG Kush (recently declared as High Times Magazine’s #1 strain of all time) is an excellent starter strain for the cannabis newbie (not to mention works brilliantly well at any skill level).
I love cannabis (and psychedelics in general), and the thought of anyone being harmed by abusing this wonderful plant (or such) cannot be locked internally. That thought needs to prompt a serious educational movement (especially taking full advantage of the serious power by online communications) to ensure that everyone understands one very simple thing…
Cannabis (and any other psychedelic) use is a skill (not an automatic feel-good experience even for the reckless).
I do not really oppose High Times Magazine, because they serve cannabis users (not abusers). “Getting high” is contingent upon proper use, while getting low occurs otherwise.
If the tone of these two posts clashes with common cannabis cultural styling (e.g. positively cosmic and/or carefree), then I hope that clash (from being down to Earth and/or careful) sparks a new (or continues an existing) branch of helping users avoid becoming abusers. Such avoidance helps ensure that users embrace that cultural styling with fun and relaxation in mind recreationally, and also ensures that medical cannabis users maximize the application of this powerful plant for optimal health (medicinal use should always be applied with extreme care).
Based on judicial momentum, Cannabis Prohibition is ending (and so too is Psychedelic Prohibition in the hopefully-not-too-much-longer term, as I will explain in future posting here). Informing the uninitiated about the actual risks of cannabis use is important for any good community. Because there are so many different kinds of people, this informing must take on the many matching forms of educational styling, so that everyone somehow easily connects with the “play it safe” introduction to cannabis use. This is an excellent opportunity for good entertainers to help society and gain credibility. If you have any constructive input on this front, then I most certainly welcome it.
Confession: I discovered (while writing this post) that I do not really dislike the phrase “getting high”, but I do dislike the terribly false notion (even if unintentionally broadcasted) that cannabis always provides an automatic feel-good sensation.