Using marijuana for the first time may seem intimidating, but the more knowledgeable you are about the plant the more in control you will be while using it. Whether using cannabis medicinally or recreationally it’s smart to know what side effects you are going to feel. If you’re new to using cannabis you may begin to feel anxious and paranoid, but there are things that you can do to help lessen these, and other, side effects.
First, and this may seem painfully obvious, if you’re new to using high-THC marijuana, then you should slowly ease yourself into using it as these strains are likely to cause side effects like anxiety and paranoia. Even the most seasoned users can feel side effects differently from strain to strain. Choose a space that is comfortable for you where you can relax and start with a small dose or hit when ingesting high-THC cannabis for the first time.
Consider THC Levels
Another thing to consider is choosing a strain that has a smaller amount of THC. Many strains strive to be the highest THC possible, which is around 30 percent. The strains that include less than 15 percent THC are likely to have a less powerful experience than those with more. In order to know how much THC a flower includes you’ll have to have access to lab tested cannabis.
If you’re still feeling anxious about trying marijuana, there are strains that you can get that have high CBD, which doesn’t have the psychoactive compounds that THC includes. CBD helps counterbalance effects like anxiety that are linked with THC, making strains with high CBD is a great place for new users to start. A lot of the time you can find strains with equal traces of THC and CBD, but you can also find some that have very little THC.
Strain Recommendations for Beginners
Here are some strain recommendations that vary in THC and CBD percentages. These will be great for winners or people with low tolerance, or for those not looking for psychoactive, or “high” effects from marijuana.
Jack Herer – a Sativa dominant strain that is in the 18%-23% THC range that provides happy and uplifted effects. Many people find the strain to be blissful, citing creativity when using.
Northern Lights – an Indica dominant strain that averages a THC level of 16%, where consumers report a relaxed and euphoric high.
Chernobyl – a hybrid strain that averages a THC level of 13.5%. Chernobyl is a top-rated strain, providing a happy and euphoric high…and it has an unmistakable smell to lime sherbet. Yum!
Charlotte’s Web – a Sativa dominant strain that is known for it’s medical benefits for treating seizures. This strain has a CBD content of 20%, with less than 0.5% THC.
Pennywise – an Indica dominant strain that is great for PTSD patients due to it’s 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD. The effects are known to be euphoric and provide mental clarity.
Cannatonic – a hybrid strain that also has a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD, and is known to give relaxed and happy medicated effects.
Don’t Forget the Delivery Method
One last thing to remember about marijuana, strains are only a piece of the story. Delivery method plays a huge part in the full experience of using cannabis. There really is no right way to ingest the plant, but experimenting with different delivery methods will help you build your own best experience.