I feel like many of us can recall the first time we smoked weed and if it was a really great time, some of us may not remember that at all. I know a lot of us have probably moved onto more intense substances like shrooms and decided to Visit this website because we love the “spaced out” feeling so much. In most of those stories, that friend is always a part of it. The friend I’m referring to is the one that convinced you to give marijuana a try in the first place. Maybe that friend asked nicely if you’d like a toke, or even a go on a small bong. Maybe you wanted to impress them. Maybe they exclaimed that smoking weed was the best thing that ever happened to them. Or maybe they gave a twenty minute speech about the differences between the X-Men and the Inhumans. Either way you followed through, took a puff, and now here you are years later reading about how to get your best bud or lady friend to like smoking as much as you!
Last week, I went into detail on why I smoke weed: because of its relaxing and calming benefits. Everyone will have different reasons and benefits that they come to weed for, and it is up to you to navigate them through what being high is like without exaggerating the experience. You are their big sister or big brother responsible for honestly answering questions about when and where it is okay to smoke weed, how weed will potentially affect your mood and behavior, how having a water bottle and snacks on hand is a great idea, etc. As their role model, you can lead by example and teach them protocol including sharing weed at a party, how to properly roll a joint or spliff and such essential weed manners like the ‘puff-puff-pass’ rule. Being an open book about the benefits and effects of getting high will build trust between you two.
The second tip: Go at your friend’s own speed. I met someone in college who used to be a car salesman and he discovered that his customers were more easily persuaded and more confident in the salesman’s competence when he spoke at the same speed as his customer. If the salesman had a customer that talked fast, he would talk fast. A customer talked slower, he talked slower. Approach someone on their level by letting them decide how much they want to smoke at their pace and they will more readily approach the next step. Whether they want to jump right in or take one puff at a time each night, letting your friend feel comfortable while approaching an entirely new, unknown hobby is a considerate action.
I have one last tip that is probably the most important tip of all to convince your friend to join you on this greener side of the fence: don’t be an asshole. I still haven’t learned how to operate a water bong properly, but I shouldn’t be ashamed of this. Most new smokers are going to cough profusely and have watering eyes when they take their first hit and they shouldn’t be humiliated either. Insulting their toughness or poking fun at their inexperience is a quick way to convince your friend that the subculture of smoking weed is one that promotes this kind of pretentiousness. We were all there at that level of inexperience once. If you are new to trying weed, you can always try something like cbd vapes, as it is a good way to enjoy things in a recreational way. Or alternatively you could try purchasing some cool smoking accessories like grasscity bubblers to get you started.
What could be most challenging into getting your friend hooked on enjoying weed is realizing and accepting that some people are just not interested in smoking. No matter what their reasoning remember that their decision to not smoke is just as valid as your decision to smoke. Learning to accept both views will help create a society where marijuana isn’t vilified and is instead approached with an empathetic perspective.