Awhile ago, after I hadn’t used cannabis for a few days I took a couple of draws from my vaporizer. I remember exactly how it felt, like someone unplugged me and plugged me back in again and suddenly everything was running smoothly. I mentioned to my husband how I felt and his response “that’s what we call feeling proper.”
Feeling proper is feeling like you’re supposed to feel, even, relaxed and sorted out. Feeling proper is that feeling you get after you use a bit of cannabis and feel at ease. Think of how you feel after a glass (or two) of wine, you’re not drunk but you feel a little more relaxed, that’s what we’re aiming for when using cannabis for wellness.
With more and more people turning to cannabis during the pandemic, it’s important we learn how to use cannabis the right way, so we get the best experience from the plant.
How to feel proper with THC
There’s a common misconception that you just smoke a joint or eat an edible and get high, like there’s either being high or not feeling anything. Much like drinking a glass of wine doesn’t get the average person drunk, using cannabis in lower doses doesn’t get you high. It will give you a nice, mild buzz similar to a glass of wine.
There’s two ways to use cannabis and that’s to inhale it or eat it. Of course you can use it topically as well however when it’s about feeling proper, it’s about the ability of THC to lift your mood, reduce stress and tension and place you square in the now.
Smoke or vape
I recommend dry herb vaporizing at it allows you to customize your sesh. Play around with the temperatures to see what feels best and then inhale just enough to feel better. If you do too much, you’ll feel too high and that’s ok but not the goal for that proper feeling. ( I can already hear some of you say “oh ya, I’m properly high” :D) however when you need to get things done and if you’re using cannabis therapeutically, you don’t want to get high, you just want to feel relaxed.
Choose cultivars that are high in CBD (5% or higher) and lower in THC (under 10%) to achieve that lovely calm feeling.
This is trickier as it can take up to two hours and it lasts for several hours after eating cannabis. While this can be a good thing if you take the perfect dose, taking the perfect dose is hard with edibles. This takes a bit of practice and time to get to know your dose. What makes it tricky is your ideal dose can change depending on how your feeling, the edible your taking and many other factors. Visit the edibles guide to learn about dosing.
Fast-acting edibles are a great alternative as they have a similar onset as inhaling cannabis (15min) and duration (about 1 hour). These edibles have a lighter feel as well, this will allow you to get that nice even lifted feel, without too many of the psychoactive effects higher doses of THC can give you.
Related article: New fast-acting edibles reinvents your cannabis experience
CBD and THC work together in perfect harmony
I say this a lot and that’s because it’s true, THC is best with CBD. They compliment each other and CBD reduces some of the side effects of THC. It’s like CBD is scrubbing bubbles, cleaning up around the edges of THC making it feel even better. Look for high CBD and low THC cultivars, or simply take CBD before consuming THC.
I recommend buying a bottle of CBD oil that you can take whenever you use THC, this will help keep things calm.
Related article: Why you should always take CBD with THC
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updated April 2021