Tattoo artists will tell you not to drink and to stay away from blood thinning substances before getting inked, but what about a little cannabis? Tattoos and cannabis have always been a very closely related industry, but this doesn’t mean they should always be mixed. If you’re considering puffing before you get tattooed, you may want to take a moment to consider a few things.
Using cannabis before a tattoo session can actually INCREASE the pain, instead of dulling it. If you are going to smoke, go for an indica-heavy strain. That will help relax your mind and body. A sativa-heavy one might make you too jittery or bouncy, which is never a good thing when somebody is trying to decorate your skin with a bunch of ink using sharp needles. You don’t want to make it harder on your artist to get the straight lines you’re hoping for. Anyone who has gotten a tattoo knows that the process isn’t that pleasant, no matter what the tattoo to be done. It’s important to note that a general consensus in the cannabis community that high doses of THC can potentially increase anxiety. Another way that cannabis could benefit your tattoo experience would be with a high-CBD strain. These impact your body differently and can actually help with pain. You could vape some CBD oil or even munch on a high-CBD edible before you sit down for a few straight hours of tattooing.
While you may want to think twice about smoking weed while you get tattooed, take comfort in knowing that your marijuana will provide a much better effect following your tattoo appointment than during it.
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