You're ready to visit a shop and buy cannabis but how do you buy it? Similar to wine you don't just buy a bottle at the store, you need to choose which type of wine: red, white sparkling etc. This guide will help you know what to buy and dosage.
Cannabis comes in three varieties:
Sativa *terpenes tend to taste more fruity like lemon and blueberry.
Indica terpenes generally taste more earthy.
Hybrids are a balance between the two. Can be indica dominant, sativa dominant or a 50/50 split. Most strains you buy are hybrids
*Terpenes play a key role in the entourage effect and how the strain will taste and feel. Visit our terpene guide to learn more
Choosing the strength
When buying cannabis flowers you will get a % of the cannabinoids. THC is the mind altering cannabinoid, the higher % of THC the more lifted you'll feel.
*Note: new research is coming out showing that it's more about the other cannabinoids that work with THC to determine it's overall strength and feel. You can take a small dose of a high THC strain and a large dose of a low THC strain and feel more elevated from the lower THC as it's the amount you take in more than the strength.
Tinctures & Pills
When it comes to THC always start low. Ingesting THC start at 5mg or less and wait 2 hours before taking more. Smaller people should take lower doses than bigger people to start
In cannabis flowers high CBD is around 5% however you can get strains that are mostly CBD at around 20%. In pills and tinctures around 25 mg is a good place to start. CBD is non-intoxicating and is great combined with THC as it reduces some of the side effects THC can cause such as anxiety
How much do you need to buy?
When faced with so many choices in strains to buy, how much should you get? Sometimes you might want to buy more than one strain, finding the right strain for you might mean having to try several before getting the right fit. Currently you can buy cannabis flowers in either grams, 1/8, 1/4 half or full ounce.
As a general guide a gram is a good sample size, it fits in the palm of your hand. 1/8 oz (3.5 grams) is a good amount for a strain you really like (depending on how much you use in a week) as the longer you keep a strain the more the THC turns into CBN, you might want that but if you want to preserve the freshness of the flowers, you don't want them sitting around for too long.