Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself sweating at a party because someone’s pulled out the weed. If pressing the joint to your lips, you’ve cursed yourself for choking on an excuse not to partake. If paranoid about what you’ve said (or haven’t), you’ve bumbled your way through an Irish goodbye because leaving a party immediately was never so important. Raise your hand if this is you. For a lot of people, cannabis is a really scary thing. Not just anyone can look swaggery smoking a joint. There’s real cache to being good at it. But let’s be real: high school ruined cannabis for a lot of us. And to this day, the sight of a joint is little more than an embarrassing reminder of how little time we dedicated to dealing with that PTSD. As cannabis makes its way into the zeitgeist and the greenrush hits its stride, the little plant is getting a second chance. And non-cannabis users deserve the straight goods on how it's changed. For some advice on where to start, I spoke to bonafide cannabis expert Samantha Miller, President and Chief Scientist at Pure Analytics (a cannabis lab in Santa Rosa, CA). According to Miller, a lot of cannabis users aren’t trying to get high at all. There are people who use it for anxiety, for pain, and for sleep while others use it much like someone might use a drink.
“You can consume cannabis in all kinds of ways, at all levels of potency, to all sorts of effects. But Miller recommends three specific modes of ingestion for the new user and keeping a strain journal just like any good wine aficionado might. She says this is our best tool while getting to know the plant, the body and how the two fit together.
can be great for the new user who wants to take a little bit of a vacation from their state of mind,” says Miller. “It's the replacement of a glass of wine at the end of the day.”