- Posted by agency-it
- On March 25, 2018
1) How Do You Want to Consume?
How do you want to get that cannabis into your body?
- Flower: Pipe, joint, bong… No matter how you burn it, smoking cannabis requires well cured; Clean Green Certified flower. Drawbacks include coughing and strong odor, but smoking is still the most popular means of consuming marijuana.
- Concentrates: Vaping can be done with flower, but concentrates have better flavor, less mess, faster effects and less odor. Some purists avoid concentrates because they seem unnatural, though many extraction methods are chemical free.
- Edible: A very popular choice, edibles don’t kick in nearly as quick as smoking or vaping. When they do, the effects are powerful, body heavy and long-lasting (between 3-6 hours.) Edibles can be taken alone or along with a CBD heavy flower or concentrate (more on this later.)
- Pre-Roll: Sometimes you just want to grab and go. Pre-Rolls are joints that are ready to smoke. No fuss, no muss. Just fire.
2) Do I Want THC, CBD or Both?
THC and CBD are just two of the many cannabinoids (compounds in cannabis that interact with the human body.) Both compounds have potential medical effects, but only THC is psychoactive. As a result, recreational users will usually make a beeline for the strain with the highest level of THC. And when they hear that CBD lessens some of the effects of THC, they try to avoid CBD altogether.
But sometimes less is more. Consuming too much THC can lead to anxiety, paranoia and panic attacks in some people especially if they’re new to cannabis. Appreciable levels of CBD will alleviate those symptoms while only slightly mellowing the feeling of being “high.”
Some recreational users keep a high CBD strain in their rotation just to counter the effects of THC when they start to feel overwhelmed.
3) What Strain Will I Like?
Finally, you’ll just need to pick a strain of recreational marijuana. There are three categories to choose from:
- Sativa: The choice for daytime users, sativas promote energy, social confidence, and creative thinking. High THC, low CBD. Note: Overconsumption of sativas could cause anxiety or paranoia in some people.
- Indica: Best smoked for the heavy “stoned” feeling. Medium THC, Medium CBD content. indicas can cause “couch lock,” a dopey, lethargic feeling that can sometimes lead to deep sleep.
- Hybrid: A cross-breeding of indica and sativa. Hybrids offer varying effects based on their THC/CBD ratio.
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