In 2004 Andrew Hathaway published a report summarizing findings from a series of interviews with experienced Cannabis consumers. Among these findings were some words of advice for new users. Continue reading to learn about the findings of Hathaway's interviews and note that all information below is strictly from the interviews and is for informational and educational use only.
What's your preferred consumption method?
- Nearly half of respondents preferred joints because they provided best control over dosage and joints were the least stigmatizing and sociable method of consuming Cannabis.
- 30% recommend pipes or water pipes for smoother, more economical consumption.
- 6% suggested non-smoking methods
- Some respondents advised to avoid breath holding prior to exhaling
How much Cannabis should a novice user consume?
- 45% suggest starting with small doses.
- 35% of respondents suggested one quarter gram (0.25g) to one gram (1g) of Cannabis flower as an adequate dose for smoking or vaporizing.
What is the best setting for consuming Cannabis?
- Most respondents suggested consuming in comfortable, familiar surroundings, ideally at home in the company of trusted friends or family
- 29% suggest limiting use to after work and/or on weekends
What about mixing Cannabis with other substances?
- "Be careful."
- 46% suggest not mixing Cannabis with other drugs. Many responded "why bother?"
- Drink less alcohol when consuming Cannabis.
- If drinking alcohol, respondents suggested using Cannabis before rather than after drinking alcohol to avoid unpleasant effects.
Data Source: Andrew D. Hathaway (2010) cannabis users' informal rules for managing stigma and risk, Deviant Behavior, 25:6, 559-577,DOI: 10.1080/01639620490484095