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So You Want to Try Marijuana

Now that your curious, what should you know about marijuana ?

Now that marijuana has been decriminalized in Washington and Colorado states, more and more people will be curious to know what the benefits of using marijuana are, either for medical reasons or just to see what it is like.

Passing into state law.

On Nov 6th the people of Washington and Colorado went to the polls and spoke. For the first time in our nations great history marijuana is now available for casual use by anyone over the age of 21. With the passing of the laws in these states possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is no longer a crime. Marijuana has been available for medical use in Washington state since 1998, with restrictions.

Where the heck do i find it ?

So, you want to try marijuana, but have no idea how to get your hands on it much less how to use it. not too worry, as Washington state is frantically working at putting into place a set of laws to control marijuana and its usage, as well as putting in place a set of state controlled stores to purchase marijuana. Think of it like a state controlled liquor store.

Are their different strengths of pot ?

When you go to the state controlled marijuana store, you will find that the different types of marijuana will be on display. This will be very overwhelming for the first time user of marijuana. If this is your first time using marijuana then you will want to be concerned with the THC levels in your pot. The THC is the active ingredient that gives the HIGH effect or pain relief. You will want to stay away from the strains of pot that have the higher THC levels.

OK, i scored some smoke now what ?

Alright, you braved the rapids and now hold in your possession an ounce or less of marijuana, so now what ? Well the most common method of using marijuana is to smoke it. If you choose this method then you will want to buy rolling papers or a small pipe. Place the marijuana in the pipe and light the bud while drawing the smoke into your body. This will burn a little bit as you inhale the smoke, but is only temporary. It may also cause you to cough. Another concern would be if you are asthmatic, you will not want to try this.

I have asthma and cant smoke it.

If you are a person that suffers from Asthma then you will definitely want to stay away from smoking marijuana. Smoking marijuana is worse than smoking a cigarette and will trigger an asthma attack every time. If this is you, then you may want to try ingesting it in food. Marijuana butter can be used to cook with, and one of the most popular edibles are brownies. Just be careful not too eat too many as marijuana brownies take a little longer to take effect.

Where can i use it ?

Marijuana can be used by anyone over the age of 21 in Washington and Colorado. The best way to think of marijuana use is to compare it to alcohol usage. If you cant drink in park, you cant use marijuana in the park. if you cant smoke in the restaurant, you probably cant use marijuana either. You do not want to be caught behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana since this will be considered a DUI (Driving under the Influence) and will land you in jail. Wait at least 4-5 hours before operating a motor vehicle.

Will i lose my job if i use marijuana ?

At this time, laws are still being put into place at the state level in Washington and Colorado. If you have concerns about your job, I would wait until you know for sure. At the time of this writing marijuana use is still illegal at the federal level. Whether or not you can lose your job over it has yet to be seen, but with both states scrambling to write laws that will not only allow them to control marijuana and it usage as well as appease the Federal government it can be a slippery slope.

OK, i hope this has answered a few of the questions you might have about marijuana and has helped to make a wise decision on whether or not it is for you. I personally do not like the effects of marijuana, although i have been around people who use it on a regular basis for most of my life. I have known a lot of people that actually benefit from its use for pain relief and those who abuse it on a daily basis. None of these people are criminals in my mind, just regular folks trying to get through life.


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