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. Sativas can be felt more in the head however it depends on the strain
Indica terpenes generally taste more earthy. Indicas can be felt more in the body, depending on the strain
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.
When it comes to THC always start low. Ingesting THC (this includes tinctures and sprays that you swallow) start at 5mg or less and wait 2 hours before taking more. Smaller people should take lower doses than bigger people to start
Concentrates are extracts that come in liquid form like vape pens or solid like shatter. Concentrates are strong, start low and go slow
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?
Flowers: 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. You can buy cannabis in prepackaged amounts of-1 gram, 3.5 grams or 7 grams. One gram is a good sample size, it fits in the palm of your hand. A joint can take 1/2 a gram to a full gram. Dry herb vaporizing uses about 1/8 or so of a gram.
Edibles: The most you can buy in a single package is 10 grams. It's recommended you start with 5 grams. Buying a package that has 10- 1 gram pieces is a good way to get a precise dose. Don't exceed 10 grams on your first try. If you've tried 5 grams and felt nothing, go up to 10 grams next time, if that's not enough, go up to 15grams. Even 1 gram can make a big difference in how you feel so be cautious with how much you take. Don't take more until a full 2 hours has passed, that's when THC peaks.
Concentrates: Currently you can buy concentrates in the form of oils in vape pens. Look for higher concentrations of CBD to THC and start with only one draw, wait for up to 15 minutes to see how it makes you feel before trying more.
Weed Mama tip
Whenever possible take CBD with THC, this combination works beautifully together.
CBD helps to reduce some of the side effects of THC, I highly recommend ingesting around 25mg or more of CBD with edibles.