The marijuana industry is rapidly expanding across the United States with residents of 29 states and the District of Columbia now having access to medical and in some cases recreational cannabis. This has led to a huge boom in the industry across North America, resulting in total marijuana sales reaching over $6.7 billion in 2016 alone. Statistics also show that more than 60 percent of Americans now believe that marijuana should be legal, and this growing acceptance means that more and more people are trying cannabis for the first time.
The problem is that the first trip to a dispensary can be quite intimidating for those with no prior cannabis knowledge or experience. Suddenly you’ll find yourself having to choose between various strains, such as Sour Diesel, Bubba Kush, Lemon Skunk, Blue Dream, etc, which can be almost impossible if you aren’t familiar with the differences between these varieties. Nonetheless, the following tips should make it easier to choose a type of marijuana that provides the effects you desire—whatever those may be.
Indica vs. Sativa
For those who are unaware, there are actually two distinct types of cannabis—indica and sativa—each of which produces quite different effects. Sativas tend to be higher in THC and generally produce a more energetic, creative and euphoric high, whereas indica stains have higher levels of cannabinoids (CBDs) and tend to produce a more relaxing calming effect.
The majority of today’s strains are actually hybrids of the two, although you can still find a few pure indica or pure sativa strains. When choosing between various hybrids, it is important to consider your desired effects as this makes it easier to decide whether you’d prefer something that is higher on the indica or sativa end of the scale.
Pay Attention to THC and CBDs
Higher levels of THC tend to increase alertness and energy, but they can also make inexperienced users feel quite paranoid. On the other hand, certain CBDs are great at providing relief from pain and anxiety, but they can also make the user feel quite tired and drowsy. Of course, this can be a great help for those suffering from insomnia and other sleeping issues. Nonetheless, it is important to consider both the THC and CBD content of each strain, as these will have a huge impact on the effects each strain produces.
Smell and Taste
Each marijuana strain also has a unique smell and taste. For some people, this isn’t nearly as important as the other factors, whereas others often base their choices almost entirely on taste. If taste is important, you can find numerous strains with strong fruity, spicy, sour and other tastes.
Ask for Recommendations
Once you have a better idea of the factors that are most important to you, it should be much easier for you to at least narrow down your choices. However, even if you’re looking for a strong indica, sativa or tasty 50-50 hybrid, you still may be faced with several different strains that fit the bill. In this case, don’t be afraid to ask the dispensary employees for recommendations. The majority of them will probably have tried every single strain and will also be able to tell you much more specific information about the level of THC, CBDs and the types of effects you can expect.
Choosing between marijuana strains isn’t rocket science, and in most cases, you’ll probably be satisfied with whatever you choose. However, this is much truer for the average recreational customer than it is for those looking for medical strains. In this case, it is essential that you pay attention to all of these tips, as they will go a long way towards ensuring that you choose the right strain for your specific condition.