Many individuals are considering having a toke for the first time or after many years of not consuming weed at all, thanks to increasing access to decent, legal cannabis choices.
In many cases, a terrible first encounter with cannabis may be enough to turn someone off. The most common reason is to avoid the nervous, paranoid side effects of THC, but what first-timers may not understand is that there are a few methods to reduce those unpleasant sensations.
The fact is that various strains affect people differently, and everyone’s tolerance for THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive component in cannabis) differs.
Some individuals seek a powerful experience when they use cannabis, which is one of the reasons why cannabis potency is increasing. However, just because the potency of cannabis has gradually increased over time does not indicate that every variety is high in THC.
There are a lot of low-potency cannabis strains on the market, and a lot of people choose them to avoid the unpleasant feeling of being overly high.
Sativa vs. indica vs. hybrid
The cannabis plant is extremely complex, and various strains have different effects on users. The cannabis business divides strains into three categories: sativa and indica as well as hybrids. Sativa and indica categories help organize and simplify the spectrum of effects for each strain.
Indica strains are well-known for their ability to make the consumer feel calm and relaxed. Sativa strains can make you feel energized and alert. Sativa gives some people a “head high,” while indica gives them a “body high.” Hybrids are a cross between sativa and indica strains.
But don’t get too caught up in the type of strain. In actuality, the distinctions between indica and sativa are mainly arbitrary, because the cannabis plant includes a variety of components that interact with each person’s body in various ways.
On a chemical level, what is referred to as an indica and what is referred to as a sativa may be more similar than dissimilar when it comes to the component characteristics of the cannabis plant. The cannabinoid-terpenoid-flavonoid profile of a strain, not its botanical growth pattern, is more likely to dictate its impact.
Start with a low potency strain
A cannabis strain with a low-to-moderate THC content is known as a low potency cannabis strain. While there are no formal criteria for what qualifies, anything with a THC concentration of less than 15 percent is excellent for beginners.
Many low-potency cannabis strains also have a high concentration of CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, resulting in a more pleasant cannabis experience.
There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for low-potency cannabis strains, and there is a lot of it. Ingesting a cannabis strain with 15 percent THC and no CBD, for example, will result in an entirely different impact than consuming a strain with 3 percent THC and 15 percent CBD.
There are several reasons why someone would choose a low-potency cannabis strain over a higher or more potent one.
When someone is new to cannabis or does not take it frequently, their tolerance is generally lower than that of more experienced users. A low potency cannabis strain can be just as intoxicating for individuals with a low tolerance for THC as a higher strain would be for someone more experienced.
If someone with a low tolerance tries a higher strain, the intoxicating effects may be too much for them, or they may experience negative side effects like anxiety or paranoia. Another reason some customers select a low-potency cannabis strain is that they do not want to get high. Many cannabis users, especially medical patients, utilize it for additional purposes such as pain treatment or muscle relaxation.
Overall, beginning users should select a lower strength strain that may provide a pleasant buzz, letting them to enjoy a high without feeling out of control, overwhelming, or creating any difficult or severe side effects.
Plushberry is an indica-dominant strain that provides a fantastic sense of relaxation for both the mind and body. This strain, like other indicas, is strong at 17 percent THC but does not cause excessive drowsiness, making it a good choice for beginners who want to take it easy and relax. The strain has a pleasant berry aroma, as the name implies.
2. Jack Herer
This strain is a 55 percent sativa hybrid that originated in the Netherlands. It is regarded as a high-quality strain that increases clarity of thought, happiness, creativity, and enhanced energy.
With a THC content of 15 percent, this strain is an excellent introduction to the cannabis world and has a nice earthy and pine aroma. Simply said, after only a few tokes, any novice will have a pleasant experience with this strain.
Cannatonic was created with a mix of THC and CBD in mind, making it perfect for people who wish to avoid the euphoric effects of THC while still benefiting from some of its pain-relieving benefits. Cannatonic is a 50/50 hybrid strain with a low THC concentration of 6 percent and a CBD content of 6 to 17 percent.
Cannatonic, like many CBD-rich strains, may be especially beneficial during the daytime for stress, pain, anxiety, sadness, muscular spasms (and, in some cases, migraines). The taste characteristic of Cannatonic is typically characterized as herbal, piney, and peppery.
4. Blue Dream
A sativa-dominant hybrid that combines Super Silver Haze and Blueberry, two champion strains. For its balanced sativa impact and nice flavor, Blue Dream is a favorite among both novices and professionals.
Blue Dream has a diverse variety of terpenes, which may explain why the effects aren’t as strong as they appear, despite the fact that it contains 17 percent THC. Blue Dream is highly accessible, which is its major appeal. Blue Dream has been shown to help with anxiety, stress, and sadness.
This strain has a high CBD content of 2 percent, making it ideal for treating a variety of illnesses. The flavor of Blue Dream is peppery, piney, herbal, and lavender.
Harlequin is one of the more intriguing new strains to emerge in recent years. Although it is mostly sativa, which may result in a more strong energy experience, it is also high in CBD, which helps to balance things out. This strain has been shown to have between 4-10 percent THC and 6-15 percent CBD in samples.
This implies that a user will be able to unwind and relieve pain without feeling drowsy, which is a wonderful choice for someone who is new to cannabis.
6. Hindu Kush
This is a popular cannabis strain that has been around for a long time. It’s indica dominant, which means it’ll make you feel completely relaxed and can assist with health problems like nausea and anxiety. The THC content of Hindu Kush is usually about 15 percent. Hindu Kush is not suggested for active daytime usage because of its severe bodily relaxation.
7. Northern Lights
Northern Lights is a typical “couchlock” variety that is 95 percent indica-dominant and of Afghani origin. There are nine different original forms of NL, the most coveted of which are numbers 1, 2, 5, and 9.
This strain has a rather high level of THC (16 percent), however, some varieties also include CBD, which can aid to balance out the high. This strain is popular at night because of its sedative properties.
Northern Lights is known for its herbal, peppery, citrus taste character, which is thought to represent a combination of myrcene, limonene, and beta-caryophyllene terpenes. These operate in tandem with cannabis to provide a calming, euphoric effect.
8. Granddaddy Purple
Another indica on the list is known for its purple blooms, grape and berry scent and flavor, and euphoric and physically calming effects. It contains 18 percent THC, however because of the strong relaxation, it seems gentler.
Granddaddy Purple may help with muscular spasms, discomfort, hunger, tension, and nausea. Linalool, humulene, and myrcene are among the terpenes found in this strain, and they all have a sedative effect.
9. Orange Bud
THC levels in Orange Bud are modest, usually approximately 16 percent. This strain has a pleasant citrus flavor and calm effects that might increase creativity. For stress and anxiety relief, Orange Bud is extremely popular among less experienced smokers.
Terpenes like limonene and terpinolene are suggested by the zesty and fruity flavor. For people who suffer from anxiety, several sativa strains may be too much. Orange Bud is a sativa-dominant hybrid that helps to counteract the sativa effects.
ACDC may be of interest to you if you’re concerned about cannabis’ paranoia-inducing effects. This CBD-rich strain will not create any psychoactive effects, merely a relaxed body experience, and effective pain relief, especially for people suffering from anxiety, epilepsy, or chronic pain.
THC concentration in ACDC is modest, ranging from 1-6 percent. CBD levels, on the other hand, are over 20 percent, which is significantly higher than the norm of 0.05 percent. Check out this strain if you prefer a real body high over a head high.
Another indica strain with a long history. Blueberry is one of the most crossbred strains, which is a tribute to its genetics. Blueberry is prized for its ability to aid in the treatment of pain, melancholy, insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
Blueberry has a delicious, piney, lavender, and sometimes somewhat peppery flavor. This indicates that Blueberry contains the terpenes myrcene, pinene, linalool, beta-caryophyllene, and some terpinolene. It generally has a modest THC content of 15 percent, although it has also been known to have a THC content of up to 24 percent.
Cannabis delivery methods for beginners
While all of these strains are popular for various reasons, the best approach to determine your favorite is to experiment with several varieties of cannabis to see how they impact you. Trying out new strains, however, is only half of the puzzle. The way you use cannabis will also have a significant influence on your experience.
Dose management is relatively easy when smoking. A tiny quantity is easy to consume, and the initial effects generally fade after 20-60 minutes. Getting a prerolled joint from a dispensary may make smoking a breeze.
The disadvantage is that smoking weed might be harmful to certain people. It has the potential to be damaging to the lungs and throat, not to mention the health risks associated with smoking. Getting flower from a dispensary can make the process of smoking incredibly simple.
For newcomers, vaporizing may be the best way of delivery. It’s gentle on the throat and lungs, the dosage is straightforward, and pre-filled cartridges from the dispensary make it extremely user-friendly with no difficult assembly required.
Edibles are a great alternative to smoking cannabis. Start gradually and with a low dosage if you’re new to cannabis; the effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to set in, and they’re far more powerful and long-lasting than smoked cannabis. Beginners should start with a low dose of around 5mg and gradually increase to the usual amounts of 10-20mg.
Topicals are cannabis-infused balms and lotions that are absorbed via the skin and are intended to treat inflammation, pain, and other localized symptoms. Because topicals don’t make you high, they’re a great option for people who wish to test medicinal cannabis without the psychoactive side effects.