Whether you’re visiting Denver or hosting friends and family from out of town, you know the altitude will impact how you feel the entire time. If you’re not used to living a mile above sea level, you’ll start to notice some interesting effects. And while this does mean you’re at risk for altitude sickness
, it also means you’ll notice weed hits your system differently. And your favorite Denver marijuana dispensaries want to help. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy your Rocky Mountain high without feeling off.
Avoid Mixing Weed with Alcohol
This is good advice no matter where you smoke, but when you’re not used to the altitude, it’s essential. High altitude makes your body feel the effects of alcohol a lot faster. For some people, half a beer can leave them feeling buzzed! When mixing weed with alcohol at altitude, you’ll feel inebriated very quickly. Instead, choose one or the other and wait until the effects wear off before switching. If you do mix substances, make sure you’re staying put for a few hours.
Drink Tons of Water
Altitude makes you dehydrated and in the relatively dry climate of Denver, you’ll need to drink more water than you’re used to. Keep a water bottle handy whenever you’re out and about. If you run out of water, fill it back up—our tap water tastes great! You’ll also want to keep that water bottle handy when you’re smoking. Without it, you’ll have a serious case of cotton mouth shortly after the high settles in.
Altitude affects people in different ways. Some people might notice that the high hits them faster or stronger than others. When in doubt, take it slow. Smoke a bowl and let it settle before repacking it. You can always light up again if you’re not as high as you want to be. After a few days, your body will adjust and you’ll be able to smoke like normal. Just be patient with yourself and enjoy the experience.
Experiment with Edibles
Many people find it hard to breathe when they’re adjusting to the altitude. And when you smoke, it can make breathing even harder. Instead of trying to soothe a sore throat and reduce the risk of coughing, forget smoking for the first few days you’re in town. Instead, stick to edibles, tinctures, and topical cannabis products. These will still get you high, but they’ll do it without the lung irritation caused by smoking. If you do decide to smoke, consider using joints with filters or sticking to water bongs. These soften the smoking experience and are easier on your lungs than a standard pipe.
Get Advice From the Pros
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our budtenders know how to help you enjoy your high even when you’re battling the altitude. No matter what your experience level is, we’re here to help. You just have to be willing to ask. Stop by one of our three convenient locations in the Denver metro area today.