If you have used marijuana for long enough, you’ll eventually have a negative experience. It could be a case of getting low-quality brick weed, or else you smoke a strain so potent that it causes you to hallucinate briefly. As an experienced user, you brush it off as an anomaly and look forward to your next session.
As a newcomer, having a bad time with cannabis could be enough to put you off for life, which would be a terrible shame. As a result, I feel as though it’s necessary to compile a brief guide to the best marijuana strains for beginners. But first, here are a few quick tips on marijuana consumption before you choose a strain.
What is the Best Delivery Method?
The form of ingestion plays a crucial role in your overall experience. Here are four standard methods:
Smoking: This is the ‘classic’ method and is how most people are introduced to marijuana. However, it may not be the best option for beginners. While you can control the dosage, smoking weed is sometimes harsh and could lead to coughing fits amongst the uninitiated.
Vaporizing: This is arguably the best option for cannabis neophytes, because it offers a similar experience to smoking but without the harsh throat hit. You typically get more of the flower’s flavor, and high-quality vaporizers ensure the vapor is refreshingly cool when it hits your lips.
Edibles: If you would like to try weed but hate the idea of smoking or using a vaporizer, eating it is a fine substitute. The danger here is consuming too much, because edibles usually taste great and the effects are slow to set in. Don’t eat more than 5mg of THC to begin with, and wait at least two hours before taking another dose. Whatever you do, don’t take a huge bite, get disappointed when you’re not high after 15 minutes and eat more! That is how accidents happen.
Topicals: This form of consumption is for medical marijuana patients. Creams made with cannabis compounds can be rubbed on sore spots to counteract pain and inflammation.
How to Use Cannabis as a Newbie
THC is the most abundant psychoactive compound in marijuana, and is the primary reason why users get high. CBD, on the other hand, is non-intoxicating and counteracts the hallucinogenic effects of THC*, resulting in a more even and enjoyable high for the newcomer. Marijuana strains with a high level of CBD and a bit of THC are the best place to start, because you still get a ‘buzz,’ but it should be a comfortable experience.
Once you’re ‘ready’ for a THC-dominant strain, tread carefully. If you’re a first-timer, a single hit of a strain containing 20%+ THC is enough to feel an effect. Bear in mind that THC content varies enormously within a strain. For instance, one batch of Blue Dream may contain 17% THC while another has 24%. Know your limits and don’t use marijuana alone until you fully understand how it affects your body and mind.
5 Great Marijuana Strains for Beginners
1 – Chernobyl
Although it is named after the scene of a terrible nuclear catastrophe, Chernobyl does not cause disastrous effects. It is a cross of Trinity, Trainwreck, and Jack the Ripper. It is a sativa-dominant (80%) hybrid with a THC content of between 16% and 22%. Despite the relatively high THC level, Chernobyl is a light-bodied strain that offers few, if any, adverse side effects.
You will feel a sense of euphoria and will spend the next few hours in a state of pure positivity. It is one of the best mood-boosting marijuana strains on the market and is ideal for morning use because its effects are similar to a few cups of coffee. Even if you overdo it, the worst effects are slight dizziness and dry mouth.
2 – Harlequin
This is one of the most famous marijuana strains on earth, and with good reason. It is a unique blend of CBD and THC that helps you get high, but also ensures the experience is controlled. It is a sativa-dominant (75%) hybrid with 10-15% CBD and 7-15% THC. Even the lowest level of CBD in Harlequin is more than enough to counteract any negative THC effects.
It is a cross of an indica from Nepal and sativas from Colombia, Thailand, and Switzerland. You should use Harlequin when you want to relax because it helps lift the fog in your mind, so you are happy, at ease, but still capable of sharp focus. You can use it in the morning because it offers an energy boost and users report getting more work done after a few hits of Harlequin.
3 – Sour Tsunami
This is another strain with a mixed level of THC and CBD content. It contains 1-10% THC and 10-11% CBD. Therefore, you can ask for a Sour Tsunami sample that is very low in THC if you want weed for medicinal use only, or look for a higher THC content to get a little high without experiencing any ill effects. This sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid was created by a man named Lawrence Ringo, who wanted something other than prescription drugs for his back pain.
Regardless of the Sour Tsunami strain you use, it is never going to have more than 10% THC; and since the CBD counteracts some of the effects, newcomers can use it with confidence. It acts as an analgesic, so don’t expect a massive cerebral high. However, you will feel focused, uplifted and happy.
4 – ACDC
This strain has won multiple Cannabis Cup awards, so you know it is something extraordinary. It is a 50-50 hybrid with a maximum THC content of 6% against a CBD level of 16-24%. ACDC is primarily used by medical patients in need of relief from chronic pain, severe stress, and anxiety.
Its mild effects make it a fantastic marijuana option for beginners although you should probably use it in the evening after work. ACDC is still potent enough to relax the entire body, and it could prove useful if you need something to help you sleep. Your head will remain clear although you may feel happier, perhaps because of the pain relief!
5 – Dancehall
This marijuana strain apparently originated in Jamaica thanks to a music group called Reggae Seeds. It is a sativa-dominant (60%) hybrid that often has a CBD to THC ratio of 1:1. However, while it seldom contains more than 9% of each, there are Dancehall strains with over 15% CBD.
The high level of CBD makes it a nice option for beginners, although be wary – Dancehall acts fast, and the clear-headed high you receive may catch you by surprise. Users claim that this strain helps unlock their creative side and you should feel upbeat and happy for as long as the high lasts. Eventually, you should enjoy whole body relaxation, although it takes several hours for this to happen.
Final Thoughts on Marijuana Strains for Beginners
You will notice that Chernobyl is the only strain on the list with little CBD. I included it because it is probably the best THC-heavy option for users ready to ‘graduate’ from a CBD strain. If you live in a state where marijuana is legal for recreational or medicinal use, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy cannabis.
As a result, there is no need to rush into using strains laden with THC. If you try an ultra-potent weed such as Strawberry Cough, the effects will hit you hard and fast. It is likely that you won’t enjoy the experience and there’s a danger that you could stay away from weed forever after it. If you are hooked on opioids, this could be a poor decision, because research is showing that cannabis potentially helps wean people off these harmful pharmaceuticals. What I am saying is: “Give weed a chance!”