If you are just getting started with hookah, it is no wonder that you may have a few questions about what exactly hookah entails. The hookah itself is the water pipe instrument through which a mixture of tobacco, fruit, and molasses is smoked. However, many companies then add different flavors, with mint being one of the most popular flavors on the market. If you are thinking about smoking a hookah for the first time, you should know the following:
Smoking Hookah for the First Time
1. It Can’t Get You High
Many first-time smokers are concerned about the after-effects of tobacco smoking through a hookah. This is especially true if you are somewhat intimidated by the single or multi-stem instrument from which you smoke. If you do not understand how the device (especially such a large, flashy one!) works, you may even start to develop misconceptions about what it can do to your body. As a result, you may mistakenly believe that smoking a bong can make you high. You may feel a bit dizzy and even more relaxed than normal, but this is not the traditional high you might expect.
2. It Can Relieve Stress
Many people consider hookah to be an important stress reliever. Once you sit down for a hookah session and start trying different flavors, it becomes easier to relax. This can be great for people who are struggling with anxiety or turn to other drugs to help them relax, such as marijuana and pills. With the bong you can relieve stress without changing the natural state of your body.
3. It’s A Social Event
A hookah is a social event by nature. Although you can become a hookah connoisseur and buy as many hookahs as you want, the idea is to use the hookah as a center for social interaction. For this reason, hookahs can be found in lounges and restaurants; the mission is to create a dialogue among friends within a single smoking session.
4. You Inhale Nicotine
Unfortunately, many people believe that when smoking a hookah they are not inhaling nicotine. The truth is that you probably inhale as much as you would if you were smoking tobacco through a cigarette. It is important that you educate yourself about issues like these that can affect your health so that you can make the most informed decisions about your smoking habits and smoking behavior. The average hookah bowl contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes and is therefore just as addictive. Be sure to smoke hookah in moderation to avoid any long-term health consequences.
However, just like with cigarettes, there are some non-nicotine options. Non-tobacco hookah is typically comprised of a mixture of herbs and molasses. While this might not be as ‘tasty’ as the alternative, it can put some people at ease knowing there’s an option on the marker for them that allows them to smoke hookah with their friends without compromising their health.
5. Not All Hookah Bars Are Created Equal
If you don’t have a friend who has his own hookah bar, you may well be visiting a hookah lounge or bar to try it out for the first time. However, your first experience can set the tone for how you feel about something for a very long time, so it is important that you do your best to make sure you have a good time. In this sense, it is useful to know that not all hookah bars are created equal.
It is not unusual, for example, that employees who work in hookah bars do not know how to put them together properly. They may overpack the coals by mistake or put too many coals on the bong, causing the tobacco to burn faster and lose its essence. Every time you go shisha smoking, you want to be sure that the person who is putting your hookah bowl together knows what he is doing. Do your due diligence and research before you go.
6. You Might Cough
When you smoke a hookah for the first time, there is a chance that you will cough a little. It’s perfectly normal. The key is to let it go and not be so ashamed when you cough. If you feel the need to cough, let it out. And to avoid excessive coughing, breathe in slowly and do not constrict your lungs.