Are you new to cannabis and a bit excited about all the possible psychoactive effects? We have some great tips for beginners. When you have tried cannabis before, but had a bad experience, these recommendations may be interesting for you as well. Of course we will also list our top 5 best strains for beginners.
Choose cannabis strains that are high in CBD but low in THC
Ever felt a bit anxious or paranoid after using cannabis? Probably the strain you consumed contained high levels of THC. THC may overstimulate your thinking (a racing mind), which some people experience as unpleasant. CBD has the opposite effect: it calms down both body and mind. If you want to take it easy, then start your cannabis explorations with strains that are high in CBD but low in THC.
Choose the right method of consumption
Not only the strain, but also the method of consumption determines the effect of cannabis. Smoking provides an immediate onset that wears of quickly as well. However, it can be harsh on the lungs. Vaporising is healthier and the taste of the flowers is better preserved. Just be aware that, depending on your type of vaporizer, you may be tempted to take too much at once.
Edibles are another interesting way to consume cannabis. But be careful and start with small doses: it takes much longer before the effect comes up (around 1 hour). However, it will be more intense and longer lasting. Then there is also cannabis oil that can be ingested in drops, which makes it very easy to dose.
For some ailments it is possible to use cannabis topically. In this case the cannabinoids will enter the body through your skin. Cannabis infused creams and lotions are suitable for pain relief, inflammation and local symptoms – and you won’t have any cerebral effects at all.
Beginner? Start slow
It sounds obvious, but maybe the best advice we can give you is: just take it easy. When you want to try cannabis for the first time or want to experiment with a different type of strain: take a little bit at once and observe the effects. It is also a good idea to test a strain in a safe and familiar place before you go out and about.
Top 5 Best strains for beginners
- Kaya Girl
Kaya Girl has a mostly stoned effect. Ideal if you want to relax and chill out completely. This is also a nice strain to try for medical marihuana patients. Kaya girl has been used to treat PTSD, anxiety and depression. Bonus: this strain is easy to grow as well. If that’s another thing you want to begin with.
Tangie is almost the opposite of Kaya girl: it’s a good option if you are curious to experience a Sativa dominant strain. The effects generally remain happy and positive, and it tastes like orange and pepper.
Plushberry is a half Indica/half Sativa strain from the Kush family. It relaxes mind and body and has a mild uplifting effect. The taste and smell are really unique, mostly resembling berries.
- Blue Dream
Blue dream causes a moderate cerebral high and has an almost immediate onset. The body high is mild and warm. This strain is enjoyed by medical and recreational users alike.
- Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is a good strain for beginners who want to stay active. Gives a clear focus, combined with an elevated mood. It’s also a perfect strain for creative projects.