Cannabis 101

PICKING STRAINS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Cannabis is a phenomenal tool to incorporate into your overall approach to wellness. But, walking into a dispensary for the first time can feel a bit overwhelming. As a newcomer, it’s easy to feel anxious with this newfound purchasing power. Don’t worry! Here are some tips for beginners looking to pick the right strain. 

Exploring the realm of cannabis is a fun, engaging experience. A good budtender will help guide you to discover strains based on the effects you’re seeking out. Trust your body when trying to identify what you like. If you can, smell the aromas of the strains you’re considering. The more you fine-tune your senses, the more you can trust your intuition when looking for the best strain.

 
 
 
 
 

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Know What to Look for in a Strain

Sativa strains provide a cerebral, uplifting high, while indica strains typically result in a more sedating, calming high. Today, most premium cannabis is the product of generations of cross-breeding strains, so consider more than just sativa or indica. Understanding the basic properties of cannabinoids, terpenes, and consumption methods will empower you to self-medicate more effectively. 

 
 
 

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Kicking off with CBD

CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound that naturally occurs in cannabis, amongst many other plants in the botanical world. Strains high in CBD provide a relaxing, clear-minded body high - ideal for beginners and people who don’t want to get too faded. CBD can be a powerful tool for people struggling with sleep deprivation, anxiety, muscle spasms and chronic pain.

CBD naturally counteracts the psychoactive component of THC, mitigating the intoxicating effect. Sometimes it can be hard to find cannabis that’s significantly low in THC, but there are strains with a 1:1 CBD/THC content. A balanced ratio of the two compounds is a great place to start - you’ll experience a mild high with a lot of therapeutic relief. The most commonly found high CBD strains are Sour Tsunami, Pennywise, ACDC and Dancehall. 

 
 
 

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Getting Lifted with THC

THC is a magical thing, but too much of it can result in paranoia, anxiety, and dizziness. Consuming cannabis should be an enjoyable and positive experience. Once you know how your body and mind can handle a lower THC content, ease into exploring higher THC strains. 

Sativa strains typically have a higher THC content, resulting in an energizing, mental high. A sativa can be a great companion for adventure and physical activities. They can also boost your focus and enhance creativity, helping you tap into that flow state. Sativas are perfect for a smoke session with friends (or strangers!) because they promote an overall sense of well-being. Some of the most popular strains with high concentrations of THC are Blue Dream, Plushberry, Maui Wowie and Permafrost.

 
 
 

THE TAKE AWAY

Everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system which defines how your body interacts with cannabis. When you start out, try to maintain a similar consumption method and dosage to accurately track how the strain impacts you. Keep a cannabis journal for recording the effects of the different strains you experiment with. If you approach it mindfully and educate yourself, discovering what strains work for you will be an exciting and enlightening journey.

Last, but not least, always ensure that you are getting clean, responsibly-grown cannabis. Only purchase cannabis that has been tested in a certified lab for quality, purity and potency.

 
 
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