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Cannabis for Newbies: What You Need to Know

Since you’ve decided to read a blog post titled “Cannabis for Newbies,” we’re guessing that you…

  • …are interested in using cannabis but don’t know where to start.
  • …feel like you’re too far behind the curve to get started.
  • …get intimidated by dispensary menus because you don’t know any of the jargon used to describe the products.

So we’ve put together this quick guide to help you go from cannabis “newbie” to cannabis “knowbie!”

Let’s begin with the basics.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Use Cannabis?

Under Nevada law, you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase recreational cannabis.

If you have an illness that qualifies you for medical cannabis use, then you only need to be 18 years old, although minors can qualify for medical cannabis under certain conditions.

How Much Cannabis Can You Buy?

You can buy up to 1 ounce of cannabis per day.

Where Can You Consume Cannabis?

In Nevada, you can only consume cannabis inside of a private residence. Hotels, casinos, parked cars, city parks, sidewalks, or any place where you’re visible to the public is off-limits.

How Do You Consume Cannabis?

There’s lots of ways, and we’ll cover the four major consumption methods in an upcoming post. 4 Different Ways to Consume Cannabis

But the easiest way to smoke cannabis if you don’t have any accessories, equipment, or experience is to buy a pre-rolled joint (available here).

Pre-rolls are a perfect introduction for people new to cannabis because

  • the dosage is easy to control
  • you don’t have learn how to roll a joint right off the bat
  • you don’t need a pipe or any other accessory.

All you need is the pre-roll and a lighter, and you’re good to go!

A Short Glossary of Cannabis Terms

Bong – a large water pipe used for smoking cannabis.

Blunt – a cannabis “cigar” made with tobacco paper.

Cannabinoids – chemical compounds in the marijuana plant that are responsble for most of marijuana’s medicinal and psychoactive effects.

CBD (cannabidiol) – a non-psychoactive cannabinoid (it doesn’t make you feel “high”). Known for its pain-relieving, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Concentrate – a product, such as an oil, which contains cannabis extract. Usually offers a more potent high than regular flower.

Edibles – food items, such as brownies, candies, or drinks, that contain cannabis.

Hybrid – one of the three major types of cannabis. Contains a blend of sativa and indica properties.

Indica – one of the three major types of cannabis. Known for its relaxing, “body-based” high.

Joint – a hand-rolled cannabis cigarette.

Pre-Roll – a joint that’s already been rolled and is available for purchase at a dispensary.

Rolling Papers – small, thin papers used to roll joints.

Sativa – one of the three major types of cannabis. Known for its energizing, “head-based” high.

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – a psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the high feeling you get when you consume cannabis. Also an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.

Terpenes – chemical compounds that give cannabis its aroma and flavor. They also have medicinal properties.

Topicals – cannabis products that are applied directly to the skin such as lotions, oils, and salves.

Vaporizing – the act of heating cannabis flower or concentrate until the cannabinoids are released in vapor form.

We’ll publish more newbie-friendly posts in the future, but if you have any questions, visit our menu pages where you can live chat with a dispensary staff member. Or just give us a call at (702) 500-1714.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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