As I write this I am a 50 year old man who has been a regular smoker for several decades.

Once upon a time I was a noobie, an experienced youngster who was very curious about what it felt like to get stoned. My parents told me that marijuana would turn me into a junkie, but the R-rated comedies I watched on cable TV made it seem like a blast. I had to find out for myself, and one night my friend Andy offered to show me the ropes. I thought he was being a kind, experienced marijuana guru, but he was really just messing with me. Instead of introducing me gently to marijuana he broke out his biggest bong and got me far too stoned. A person’s first time smoking cannabis should be gradual, a few tokes at the time to see what it feels like. Andy was trying to get me zonked, and kept giving me massive bong tokes of OG Kush until I passed out on the floor. Years later when it was my turn to help a cannabis rookie experience their first high, I remembered what Andy did to me, and went in the opposite direction. I rolled up a “pinner” which is the thinnest possible cannabis cigarette, and let my young friend work through it gently. Andy thought it was funny to give me too much marijuana and watched me get silly. I thought it was more respectful to show my friend how amazing cannabis can be by taking it easy.

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