As more and more states are legalizing marijuana, many people are considering trying THC for the first time. Whether you’re interested in medical uses or simple recreation, these tips will make sure that you get the most out of your newly legal experience.

Research Local Laws

Like alcohol, cigarettes, and other controlled substances, legal marijuana still comes with its own restrictions. Before you make any plans, check to see what your state’s regulations are on purchasing and consumption. Many states have limits on how much marijuana you can buy at one time, where you can smoke it, and even what hours dispensaries are allowed to be open. Cities and counties may also have their own restrictions, so complete thorough research before you take any actions.

Check Your Employer’s Regulations

When it comes to the workplace, marijuana should probably be treated like alcohol. You wouldn’t drink on the job, and you also shouldn’t get high before or during your shift. In addition, many employers may ask that you abstain from any THC consumption, especially if you operate heavy machinery. If you’re worried, ask for a private meeting with your HR department to find out your company’s official policy on drug testing. Otherwise, assume that marijuana should be treated like an evening activity; if it impacts you strongly, you might even reserve it for the weekends. 

Find a Local Dispensary

One of the benefits of the legalization of recreational marijuana is that you can find a trusted local dispensary to provide your product. Look for a licensed marijuana dispensary with good prices and high-quality products that you enjoy. No two marijuana strains are the same, and most dispensaries provide a unique product. Sticking with the same dispensary will allow you to accurately assume how strongly the weed that you are purchasing will impact your body, especially if you’re trying to relieve pain or plan your recreation around your work schedule. 

Start Slow and Safe

First-time THC consumers should always start with a low dose and slowly work up to more intense smoking sessions. Whether you’re interested in smoking flowers, dabbing, or simply consuming edibles, remember that a low tolerance is good for your physical health. Try a small amount to start, and slowly work up to having a higher tolerance. If you feel like you’ve been consuming too much, take a break for a week or two; you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes.

Legal marijuana can be a great way to relax and improve your lifestyle. Follow local laws, and listen to the advice of your budtender if you’re just getting started.