First time using thc oil? Beginners need to know

If you’re new to using THC oils, you likely have a lot of questions. THC oils, commonly known as cannabis oils, are growing incredibly popular for their touted health and wellness benefits. 

Cannabis oils, CBD oils, hemp oils, marijuana oils, and so on are all called THC oils. Hemp and marijuana are both sources of these products. THC levels in marijuana-derived oils are higher than those in hemp-derived oils. Hemp-based THC oils contain less than 0.3% THC by volume, so they are a good choice for beginners. A very small amount produces mild effects, allowing first-timers to get used to using oils.

How do you use thc oils? 

  • Sublingually: Drops under the tongue
  • Edibles: Baked goods, candy, capsules 
  • Topicals: Lotions, balms
  • Vaping: e-cigarettes, vape pens

The most common method for beginners is to use thc oil sublingually — which means taking it by dropping it under your tongue. This allows faster absorption into the bloodstream through the mouth’s membranes. Effects typically start in 15-30 minutes and last 2-4 hours or longer. Using THC oil sublingually, start small – 2.5-5mg of THC is enough for most new users to feel the effects. There is always more to take if you need it. To control your dosage, tincture bottles have measuring droppers.

What should you look for in a thc oil?

As THC oils surge in popularity, more and more cannabis companies are producing all kinds of products to distribute widely. However, not all oils are created equal in safety and quality. Here’s what to look for when selecting a THC oil:

  1. Read lab reports – Reputable companies include detailed lab reports showing results for potency, pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals. This transparency helps you verify quality.
  2. Check for quality ingredients – Look for products made with limited, natural ingredients — especially carrier oils like hemp seed, grapeseed, or MCT oil. Avoid questionable additives. 
  3. Compare strength and source – Consider potency and THC/CBD ratios. Also, look at whether made from marijuana or hemp. 
  4. Research company reviews – Are customers reporting positive or negative brand experiences? This signifies trust factors.
  5. Dispensary purchase – Buying from licensed dispensaries, when possible, offers more oversight compared to random online sellers.  

What else should beginners know?

Here are a few other tips for having the best experience as a first-time THC oil user:

  • Start on an empty stomach – this helps your body absorb and process the THC most effectively. 
  • Stay hydrated and have healthy snacks on hand – cannabis amplifies hunger and thirst.
  • Avoid mixing with alcohol or medications unless approved by your doctor – THC interacts with other drugs.
  • Have a plan for the day – make sure you have no important obligations. Give yourself flexibility in case you feel too impaired to drive.
  • Tell someone – let a friend know you’re trying THC oils for the first time in case you need any guidance.  

There are several health benefits to THC oils, as well as sensations you’ve never experienced before. This beginner’s guide should have provided you with an overview of how to try THC oils for the first time.