Why Didn’t I Get High The First Time I Smoked Weed?


Smoking grass on a social level didn’t become popular until the 1960s. As a matter of fact, it was looked down upon and downright shameful. It wasn’t until the hippie movement of the 60s and 70s when a counter-cultural movement rejected the mores of mainstream life on a global level and smoking weed became a rebellious, personal statement.

Not getting high on the first joint someone smokes is not uncommon and has been a topic for debate for decades.

According to a study done in 1968 by Eric Goode, revealed that in a questionnaire filled out by first-time users, 13 percent said they didn’t know if they got high or not, and 41 percent claimed they didn’t get high at all. So, why is this phenomenon still happening today?

There are some logical answers for this question and still more scientific research that needs to be done to have a conclusive answer; however, this article will take a look at the top three reasons why most people don’t get high the first time they smoke weed.

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The Cannabis Contains More CBD Than THC

THC is the main compound found in weed that gets you high. The more THC a strain contains per gram, the higher you can get with every toke.

CBD, on the other hand, is more of a body high and designed to be a pain reliever. It is also used for depression as well as anxiety; however, weed without the THC chemical compound will not get you high.

If you smoked weed for the first time and didn’t get high, there’s a good chance you smoke some weed that contained more CBD than THC. There are some ways to know for sure if you’re weed contains more THC than CBD:

  • Buy from a trusted source like a legal retail cannabis store or if you’re prescribed medical marijuana, get it from a licensed dispensary as both sources are required by law to label each product with its chemical composition either on the package or on the jars inside the display case.
  • Buy a jeweler’s loupe or USB microscope to inspect the trichomes on the buds. Weed that has mostly milky trichomes with a few amber ones is a good sign that your weed contains high levels of THC. If you see that the trichomes are mostly all amber in color, this means your weed is CBD quality.
  • Ask a good friend. Someone who smokes weed on a regular basis will be able to tell you if the weed is CBD grade or contains THC.

Incorrect Inhalation Methods Were Used

Another reason why most people don’t get high the first time they smoke weed is due to incorrect inhalation.

A lot of people including cigarette smokers who smoke weed for the first time, smoke it like it’s a cigarette and exhale too quickly or do not fully inhale. It’s important to hold the smoke in as long as you can before you exhale, this will allow the body to properly absorb the chemicals and produce the euphoric high you’re after.

When it comes to holding in the smoke, it’s also important to take more than one toke. Even though the quality of the weed is far superior to decades ago, a good five to six tokes off most strains today is enough for the THC to be absorbed by your lungs and transferred into your bloodstream.

…From there it will make its way to your brain, and if it’s done correctly, you should get pretty high.

Everyone has Different CB1 Receptors

No two people will experience the same high because everyone has different CB1 receptors.

Although the high can be similar, your brain might have a different response than someone else who smoked the same joint. This is especially true for someone who is smoking weed for the first time who have high levels of cannabinoid receptors, they will experience a big high. For individuals who have low levels of cannabinoid receptors, their brain is resistant to the chemical compounds found in cannabis and will have the opposite effect.

If this is the situation, then it’s possible that your body just needs more time to respond and adjust to the THC. Additionally, you might need to smoke larger amounts of cannabis than someone who has higher levels of CB1 receptors in their DNA.

Both situations can require some experimentation of different strains as well as some patience.

What’s the Best Remedy for Not Getting High the First Time?

The best remedy for not getting high the first time is to get high a second time!

…In most cases, those who smoke weed a second time, do feel the effects of the THC and get high.

Remember to start with a good quality strain because there’s a lot of weed out there that is called “garbage weed” for a reason, no matter how much you smoke of it, you will not get high.

It’s important to remember, the reason why most people don’t get high the first time they smoke weed is because they smoked CBD instead of THC, exhaled the smoke too quickly, didn’t smoke enough, have different CB1 receptors, and didn’t start with a quality strain like Gorilla Glue (GG4) or Girl Scout Cookies. Both of these strains are high in THC and provide a happy, euphoric high that is energizing as well as uplifting.


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