Ultimate Guide to a First-Time Cannabis Vaping Experience

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Hey there, fellow cannabis newcomers! Today, we are dedicating this blog to you, someone who has never tried any cannabis products, but is openminded and brave enough to try. After the years spent on exploring the wonderful world of cannabis and countless sessions of trying out numerous methods of consumption, we have gained a wealth of knowledge that we'd love to share with you. Today, we are going to focus on helping beginners have the best possible first-time cannabis experience. 


As mentioned earlier, indeed there are numerous methods of consumption each offering a unique experience and method of administration. Some of the most common ways to consume cannabis are smoking, vaping, edibles and tinctures. Ultimately it all comes down to personal preference. For example, if you want a quick, not a long lasting high, smoke is better way to consume cannabis as it enters and disolves in blood stream much quicker than edibles or oils that is consumed by diagestive system that enables late but long lasting high. In this blog post we will discuss the vaping and smoking aspect of the consumption since we do not recommend consuming edibles on your first cannabis journey.


But before we start, it is important to set your mind right and cancel out all the stigma that surrounds this topic. One of the most powerful ways to combat the cannabis stigma is through education. Make it your mission to learn as much as you can about the history, science, and benefits of cannabis. By researching theinformation and understanding all of the most common misconceptions, you'll foster a greater knowledge of the plant's potential. When you read or listen to someones opinion about cannabis, always remember that everyone is on their own journey when it comes to understanding and accepting the plant. Just like movies and  reviews, you never know how good or bad it is until you personally watch the movie.

What to expect…

Probably the most important question all beginners ask is – What to expect? In order to save you some time on extra Google searches we have provided a list of effects to expect when consuming hemp products. Cannabis can have a range of side effects, both positive and negative, that may vary from person to person based on factors like individual tolerance, the strain being used for the products, and the method of consumption. We recommend to always start with a low dose and proceed slowly, especially if you are new to cannabis or trying a new product. Some of the most common positive and negative side effects associated with cannabis use are:

Positive Side Effects 

  • Euphoria: Many users experience a sense of euphoria, or a "high," characterized by an elevated mood and feelings of happiness or well-being.
  • Enhanced sensory perception: Cannabis can heighten sensory experiences, making colors appear more vivid, music more immersive, and tastes more pronounced.
  • Pain relief: Many users report relief from various types of pain, including chronic pain and inflammation.
  • Anxiety reduction: Some strains, particularly those high in CBD, reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
  • Increased introspection: Cannabis can encourage introspection and self-reflection,
  • Improved sleep: Cannabis can help users fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer,
  • Increased appetite: Cannabis is known to stimulate appetite,
  • Nausea relief: Cannabis has been found to help alleviate nausea and vomiting,
  • Muscle relaxation: Cannabis can help relax muscles and reduce muscle spasms,
  • Enhanced creativity: Some users report increased creativity and focus when using certain strains of cannabis.

Negative Side Effects

  • Dry mouth: A common side effect of cannabis use is dry mouth or xerostomia, which can cause discomfort and increased thirst.
  • Dry eyes: Some users may experience dry, red, or irritated eyes after using cannabis.
  • Increased heart rate: Cannabis can cause a temporary increase in heart rate, which may be concerning for individuals with heart conditions or high blood pressure.
  • Anxiety or paranoia: While some strains can help reduce anxiety, others – particularly those high in THC – can cause increased anxiety or paranoia in some users.
  • Impaired coordination: Cannabis can impair motor skills and coordination, making activities like driving or operating heavy machinery dangerous while under the influence.
  • Memory impairment: Short-term memory can be affected by cannabis use, making it difficult to remember new information while under the influence.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness: Some users may experience dizziness or lightheadedness after using cannabis, which can lead to an increased risk of falls or accidents.
  • Dependency: Although not as addictive as other substances, long-term, heavy cannabis use can lead to dependency and withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.

Step-by-step Guide

1. Choose Your Vape Wisely

The first step in ensuring a fantastic vaping experience is selecting the right device. As a beginner, you may want to start with a simple, easy-to-use, disposable vape pen. Look for a reputable brand and read reviews to find the best vape pen for your needs. At Nine Realms we have our own solution for those who are just beginning their cannabis journey with an entry-level vape MINI. It has small liquid volume and can be recycled right after the use for those who are not sure if they prefer cannabis products and don’t want to fully commit to cannabis world. Whichever device you chose, remember, investing in a quality device now will save you time and money in the long run.

2. Know Your Cannabis Liquid

Not all cannabis vape liquids are created equal, so it's essential to choose a high-quality product with certified lab results. Look for liquid that are made from pesticide-free, metal free and extracted using a method that preserves the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. If the brand has many flavorings and types of liquid it indicates that little to no certification or lab tests were done due to the fact that each new formula or flavor requires separate testing and can be quite costly for a brand. Having a quality liquid in your device will give you a richer, more well-rounded experience.

3. Set the Scene

Your environment plays a significant role in your overall cannabis experience. Find a comfortable, safe space where you can fully relax and enjoy your session without any distractions or concerns. Some people like to go out in nature, some create a cozy atmosphere at home with soft lighting, music, or aromatherapy, while others prefer a more minimalist setup. Experiment and find what works best for you.

4. Start Low and Go Slow

When it comes to vaping cannabis, it's essential to start with small, measured inhales. This will help you avoid overconsumption and ensure a more enjoyable experience. Typically 3 to 5 inhales is enough to catch your first high. As you become more familiar with your device and your preferences, you can gradually increase the volume of inhales and dosage to find your sweet spot.

5. Hydrate and Have Snacks Handy

Before you start your session, make sure you have plenty of water and some light, healthy snacks on hand. Staying hydrated can help minimize any potential side effects like dry mouth, and having a small bite to eat can help regulate your blood sugar levels and prevent any potential lightheadedness.

6. Give Yourself Time

One of the most important aspects of a great cannabis experience is giving yourself ample time to truly savor it. Set aside a few hours where you won't have any commitments or distractions, so you can fully immerse yourself in the experience and explore the effects of the cannabis without feeling rushed or stressed.


Embarking on your first cannabis journey can be an exciting and transformative experience when approached with an open mind, proper preparation, and a commitment to learning. By choosing the right vaping device and cannabis liquid, setting the scene for an enjoyable experience, starting low and going slow, hydrating, and dedicating time for your session, you can ensure a positive and memorable first-time encounter with cannabis. As you gain familiarity and knowledge, your relationship with cannabis will evolve, opening up new possibilities for personal growth, pain relief, and relaxation. Always remember to be mindful of the potential side effects and to adjust your consumption accordingly. Welcome to the world of cannabis, and here's to many more enriching experiences ahead!