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Why You Did Not Get High the First Time You Smoked Weed

Here are some possible deterrents that might affect your ability to get high the first time and how to remedy them.


Not getting high the first time a person smokes is not a new phenomenon by any means. This has been a common complaint since the 1960s when smoking cannabis first became popular. A study done in the late 60s revealed that 41 percent of the people who had smoked weed for the first time while in the study felt no different than before they had smoked it. And even a book that came out in 1970 called A Child’s Garden of Grass had a lot to say in confirming this common problem. 

This confusing phenomenon still stumps people today. Why do so many people experience this when it is known that marijuana affects you greatly since is a strong drug (albeit a natural one)? Shouldn't this give a first-timer a strong hit instead of nothing? Although we still need more scientific evidence, we at least now have more information on why this can still be an initial problem for people. It seems that several key pieces of information are lacking for a newbie smoker, that if known, can drastically increase their chances of experiencing their first big high. 

In this article, these key possible reasons will be discussed as well as ways to remedy the problems so that all confusion can be laid aside and higher success rates can be obtained.

Incorrect Inhalation

Many times the reason you don't get high the first time you smoke is simply because the inhalation wasn't done correctly. 

When a person is new to smoking weed, they usually do not realize that there is a certain method of smoking the plant that allows the body to properly absorb it so that they can get that strong euphoric high.  

In order to make this happen, a person must not simply hit a joint and then quickly exhale like they would a cigarette. Even people that smoke cigarettes often have this same disappointment when they smoke weed for the first time because they are so used to smoking their cigarettes, which is a different type of inhalation process. 

What you must learn to do is not only to take more than one hit (because obviously, the more THC goes into your system the more of a potential high you will get) but also to hold the smoke inside your lungs as long as you can after inhaling. In this way, you are allowing the THC chemicals to linger inside your lungs so that they have a chance to absorb better into your bloodstream where it will then travel to your brain and give you a high. If you're having trouble smoking, try out some of the best cannabis edibles; you can't eat incorrectly!

You may not realize you are high.

Many times, if you've never experienced marijuana effects in your body, you don't know exactly what you're looking for after you smoke. You might be looking for more familiar highs, like the poignant hit of an alcohol buzz or the extreme mind-bending effects of hallucinogenics. But cannabis is much more subtle; although, if you get a enough THC in your system, it can be an extreme high. 

The key way to know if you do indeed have a marijuana high (even if it's a subtle one) is to get up and walk around. You will notice once your standing and moving about that your head and consciousness feel somewhat different. Also, notice your reaction times. If they are slower and it seems a bit more difficult to do simple tasks, then you are high. 

Everyone's CB1 receptors are different.

Your brain might very well react differently to cannabis than other people's brains might. This is because everyone has a threshold of tolerance for pleasure (and also for pain). What this means in reference to marijuana is that someone else who does it for the first time might have higher levels of cannabinoid receptors in their brain, therefore producing a big high, while your brain is resistant to the chemicals because it does not contain as many CB1 receptors. That's part of the basics of understanding cannaboids

If this is the case, then it might just take a longer time for your body to adjust and respond to the THC. Also, you might need to smoke a larger dosage of THC to get the same high that someone else gets with a lower THC dosage. 

This is one of those situations that requires both patience and experimentation. 

The strain you're smoking has more CBD than THC.

THC is the compound contained within cannabis that actually gets you high and makes you feel free and light. The more THC per gram, the higher you can potentially become. 

On the other hand, CBD is the compound in cannabis that is more of a physical pain reliever than a mental stimulant. Although it can aid in major relieve as far as pain goes (or can be used to reduce anxiety), it will not get you high. 

Unfortunately, it is hard to know how much THC is in your weed. Most cannabis distributors are going to tell you their supply is great even if it's not just so they can get the sale (unless it's someone you know and trust, or, you are prescribed the cannabis by a doctor within a state where it has been legalized). 

Although it is hard to know how much THC is in your batch, you can maximize the potential of your batch (the potential of the THC concentration) by utilizing as much of it as you can through the smoking process. Some of the THC can be lost either when burning it (through the smoking process) or in some of the smoke that escapes the inhalation process. 

Therefore, a great way to maximize your intake of the THC from marijuana is by buying a vape form. In vaping, you lose a significantly lower amount of THC (up to 20 percent less!) versus the traditional way of smoking it. 

Get high the second time around.

Now that you know many of the potential reasons why people fail to get high the first time and also ways in which you can avoid future failure, try out these tips and see if you have great success from now on in your journey towards great cannabis experiences!

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