If you’ve never smoked cannabis before, this article is for you. I personally recommend using an herbal vaporizer to smoke flower, the vaporizer will heat the flower to a temperature high enough that the terpenes and cannabinoids will evaporate, without having to smoke the unnecessary plant matter. Meaning all buzz, no filler. Alternatively, the dried flower can be ground up and smoked in a joint, or from a glass apparatus like a pipe or bong.
Now that we have a better idea about how to choose an appropriate strain (see I am new to cannabis. How do I select the right product to start?) consider the day ahead of you. If you require medicating during the day, you’re more likely to be productive if you smoke a strain that has an energetic quality. Some strains can be so uplifting some people equate it to drinking a cup of coffee. On the other hand, mistakenly smoking a joint with this virtue before bed could have you tossing and turning.
Start Low, Go Slow is the general guideline when first beginning. Health Canada suggests most individuals use an average of 1-3 grams per day, although many choose to begin at a much lower dose.