Tips For a First-Time Cannabis Smoker in Denver


April 26, 2017

Smoking for the first time can be nerve wracking, especially if you don’t know what to expect. A dispensary in Denver might seem overwhelming when you are new to the marijuana world. If this is your first time lighting up, follow these tips to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible:

Talk to a budtender.

Visit a dispensary in Denver and let the budtender know that you have never smoked marijuana before. Budtenders are incredibly knowledgeable about cannabis, so they will be able to help you find a strain that won’t knock you off of your feet. Describe what type of high you want to experience, and let the budtender make suggestions so you know you have the right strain.

Find a comfortable environment.

If this is your first time smoking, it’s important to find a comfortable setting that will help you stay relaxed. Before you start to smoke, try to figure out what you will want to do when you’re high. Make sure there is food in the kitchen so you don’t feel tempted to drive anywhere. Turn on calming music or your favorite TV show or movie to set the tone.

Grab a buddy.

Do you have friends that regularly smoke marijuana? It may be helpful to have one of them with you during your first time. A regular smoker can walk you through the process so you feel more comfortable, and can help you relax if you start to feel anxious or paranoid after smoking. Try to avoid inviting a huge group of people over. People react to marijuana differently, and being around a lot of people may make you uncomfortable once you start to smoke.

Use a simple device.

How do you plan on smoking marijuana? Don’t try to use a huge bong for your first time. Stick to something simple—such as a small pipe—so you can focus on the experience of smoking instead of putting all of your energy towards figuring out how to work the device.

Keep water handy.

One of the side effects of smoking marijuana is dry mouth, which can become uncomfortable, especially if you are not used to the feeling. Make your high as pleasant as possible by planning ahead and keeping a bottle of water nearby so you have easy access to hydration. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks since these will dehydrate you and make your mouth even drier. Learn about the end-all cure for dry mouth.

Remember to stay calm.

Marijuana affects everyone differently, so you may feel high after only one hit, or it may take you several hits before you start feeling the effects. Either way, if you start to feel as if you are too high, try to remember not to panic. Take slow, deep breaths to calm yourself down and slow your heart rate.  

For more helpful tips related to all things cannabis, stop by Altitude Dispensary, a top dispensary in Denver. Our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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How to Hide the Smell of Your Favorite Strain


April 19, 2017

Even though it’s legal to smoke in the state of Colorado, you may want to keep this habit private for one reason or another. But, it can be hard to keep it under wraps if the smell lingers on you, your clothing, and around your home. How can you hide the smell? Follow these tips:

Use hand sanitizer.

Your fingers will probably smell like cannabis after you smoke—in fact, they may even turn slightly green if you’ve handled the weed—so it’s best to keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer around. But, keep in mind that hand sanitizer contains alcohol that dries your skin out. If your skin starts to dry out from using hand sanitizer excessively, try applying hand lotion after you sanitize your skin. Learn more about alcohol based versus alcohol free hand sanitizers.

Chew gum or breath mints.

Even if you’ve gotten rid of the smell in your hair and on your clothes, your breath could give away the fact that you just smoked marijuana. Keep gum or breath mints handy so you can pop them in your mouth to disguise the smell of marijuana.

Light a scented candle.

A scented candle can help you get rid of the smell of marijuana in your home. Look for a scented candle that is designed to cover up odors so it will actually mask the scent of cannabis. It’s recommended that you choose a light, clean scent instead of going for something overpowering.

Spray a perfume or cologne.

If you’re wearing the same clothes that you smoked in, spray a little bit of perfume or cologne on your body to hide the smell of marijuana. If you’re not a fan of wearing perfume or cologne, try to change clothes after you smoke so you don’t have to worry about this.

Wash your hair.

Hair absorbs smells, so if you want to shake the marijuana smell out of your hair, there’s no better way to do so than to shower and wash your hair thoroughly.

Store the leftover marijuana in an airtight container.

Do you keep marijuana in your home? If you want to prevent the smell from spreading through your home, store it in an airtight container. Many people use resealable plastic bags or mason jars, but feel free to use any kind of airtight container that you have in your home. If you don’t have any airtight containers, you can try to store your extra marijuana next to an air freshener that will keep the cannabis scent under control.

Vacuum the carpet.

Carpet can absorb smells, so you may want to clean yours after you smoke marijuana. To get the smell out, try spraying a product designed to mask odors directly onto the carpet, and then vacuum over it right away.

For more helpful tips related to all things cannabis, stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best marijuana dispensaries in Denver. Our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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The Best Apps for Smokers


April 12, 2017

Smokers rejoice! There are a number of apps for iPhone and Android that will help you find like-minded people and learn more about the industry as a whole. Whip out your smartphones and tablets and download these apps:

Leafly

The Leafly website is packed full of information for beginner and advanced smokers, and now you can access all of this information through an app on your phone or tablet. One of the best features is the cannabis strain database. If you ever find yourself in the middle of a dispensary in Denver with no clue as to what strain to buy, simply pull up the Leafly app and research each strain. The database will tell you what type of marijuana it is and how it will make you feel after it’s consumed.

WeedMaps

What’s the quickest way to find a dispensary near you? Take a look at the WeedMaps app! This app will track your location and show you all the dispensaries within your vicinity. If you plan on traveling to another state where marijuana is legal, this is a great app to have on your phone since you won’t be familiar with the local shops. It even allows you to filter out the search results so you can find a dispensary that fits all of your needs. For example, you can choose to only see dispensaries that offer delivery if you’re unable to get to the store in person.

HighThere!

If you want to find new friends that share your love for cannabis, go to HighThere!. Once you create a profile with this app, you will be asked to fill out information about yourself, including how you prefer to consume marijuana, your energy preferences, and your current mood. Then, you will be matched with people in your area and given the option to swipe right or left just like on Tinder. If you and another person both swipe right, you will be able to communicate privately with each other and decide whether you want to meet up to smoke together and get to know one another. Learn more about HighThere!

MassRoots

MassRoots is a social media platform solely for cannabis lovers. Log in and you can connect with other people around the world who share the same passion for marijuana. Then, you can rate and recommend different strains of cannabis, discover new strains, and talk to your friends about what they enjoy smoking. The app has a very similar layout to Instagram, so it’s easy to use—not to mention completely free!

Weed Scale

This app can weigh up to 5g of marijuana—all you have to do is open the app and place the cannabis directly on your phone. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Android phones, so Apple users will not be able to download it.

For more helpful tips related to all things cannabis, stop by Altitude Dispensary, a dispensary in Denver. Our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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The Best Strains For Pain Relief


April 5, 2017

Some people smoke because they enjoy the euphoric high, but many others use it for medicinal purposes to relieve pain and make themselves more comfortable. If you’re part of the latter group, it’s important that you choose the right strain otherwise you may not end up with the pain relief that you are hoping for. Here are some of the best strains that fight pain:

Harlequin

Harlequin is a sativa strain, which may leave you wondering why it’s on the list of pain relieving strains of marijuana. Although sativa strains are not typically associated with pain relief, Harlequin is an exception because of its high CBD content. Besides relieving pain, it can also boost your energy and clear your head, so it’s a great choice for daytime use. Many people purchase Harlequin from weed shops in Denver when they need to relieve pain in order to function during the day while at work. Learn more about the Harlequin strain here.

ACDC

If you’re in a great deal of pain, ACDC should be high on your list of strains you need to try. This unique strain has a THC to CBD ratio of 1:20, which means it can help with even the most severe pain and does not produce a psychoactive high. Besides pain, the ACDC strain is also used by people with anxiety, epilepsy, and even cancer.

Blue Widow

The Blue Widow strain is a hybrid between Blueberry and White Widow strains. If you are dealing with pain caused by inflammation or arthritis, this may be the best strain for you. On top of relieving pain, Blue Widow can also help you relax and fall asleep if you are suffering from insomnia. Learn more about what causes insomnia.

Purple Arrow

If painful headaches are preventing you from living a normal life, try finding relief with the Purple Arrow strain. Many strains that are effective in reducing pain can be powerful sedatives, but you won’t have that problem with Purple Arrow. This hybrid strain rapidly relieves pain while also making you feel euphoric, focused, and upbeat, so it’s a high unlike any other. Because it relieves headaches and provides focus, it’s perfect for people who are finding it hard to work on something because of a massive headache or attention problem.

Confidential Cheese

Medicinal marijuana consumers often turn to the Confidential Cheese strain when they are experiencing a great deal of pain. This hybrid strain is a combination of the LA Confidential and Cheese strains, which makes it potent enough to help patients suffering from extreme pain, side effects of cancer treatment, and insomnia. Many users report feeling drowsy after smoking Confidential Cheese, so be prepared to slip into a deep relaxation if you plan on trying this strain.

For more information on the strains that will relieve your pain, stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best weed shops in Denver, where our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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The Many Ways to Consume Your Favorite Strain


March 29, 2017

Although it’s often associated with smoking, that’s not the only way you can consume weed. In fact, there are many alternatives to smoking that you should try if you don’t want the smell of weed lingering on your clothes or hair. Here are some of the ways you can consume your favorite strain:

Edibles or Drinks

These days, you can pick up your favorite strain from a Denver dispensary and incorporate it into your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Almost any food that you make can be infused with cannabis if you know what you’re doing, so this is a great option for people who don’t want to smoke. If you’re not much of a cook, simply head to a dispensary and buy pre-made edibles instead. Or, wash down your lunch with a drink infused with marijuana. But remember, it takes much longer to feel the effects of marijuana if you eat or drink it than if you were to smoke it. Pace yourself so you don’t consume too much and have a bad high. Learn the 10 commandments of marijuana edible safety.

Topical Creams

What if you are interested in marijuana because of its ability to relieve pain, but you don’t want to get high? Look for a topical product. Topical products are creams, oils, and lotions that can be applied directly to the skin to alleviate general aches and pains that you may be experiencing. These are great for people who are suffering from muscle strains and sprains or soreness from working out too hard. Don’t worry about lathering on too much, either. These products do not contain the chemical that produce the high effect associated with weed, so you won’t experience a bad trip if you overdo it.

Dabbing

Dabbing is a fairly new trend that has quickly caught on with experienced marijuana users. What is it? Simply put, dabbing involves placing a small amount of marijuana concentrate onto a hot surface so the concentrate is quickly vaporized. Right when you place the concentrate onto the hot surface, be prepared to take a deep inhale of the vapor. If you’re new to the world of marijuana, you may want to hold off on dabbing. Because you are inhaling so much vapor at once, dabbing produces a strong high that you may not be prepared for unless you’re an experienced marijuana consumer.

Tinctures

A tincture consists of a liquid extracted from the cannabis plant. It is typically administered underneath the tongue using a small medicine dropper. Many people who use tinctures are looking for fast pain relief since the cannabinoids will enter your system quickly when placed under the tongue. But, if you’re not looking for quick relief and you don’t like the taste of tinctures, you could add a few drops to your drink instead.

For more information on the many ways you can consume cannabis, stop by Altitude Dispensary, one of the best marijuana dispensaries in Denver, where our knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the right medical or recreational product to suit your needs. Contact Altitude Dispensary for more information today!
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