With increased rate of legalized cannabis in the United States, every year a bigger group of pot-newbie’s want to try cannabis. At Grassmatch, we wanted to know what experienced caregivers and patients thought newbies should know before embarking on their marijuana-flavored journeys.
After a careful and thorough research, I decided to make a newbie’s guide to consume medical cannabis. Here, I do not wish to write an exhaustive study but instead outline the basic rules of pot consumption. If you wish like to hear more from us on this subject, please drop a comment.
Looking at the Basics –
For the sake of argument, let’s say you live in a state that allows you to consume marijuana legally, like Michigan. And you know that, increased effectiveness of medical marijuana is helping to treat serious symptoms with much less severe side effects. Thus, people are in search for the best and healthy options to consume pots.
So as a pot-newbie, you need to know some basics and choose the healthiest option to consume pots. Various consumption methods are available to patients in need, but before that, we will like to introduce the best strains that help patients to get pain relief. So, let us take a quick ride.
Cannabis Species refer to those varieties that have both recreational and medical properties. People cultivate these varieties to contain a high percentage of cannabinoid. Two most grown Cannabis species are Indica, are Sativa (as well as hybrids mix of the two). In general, medical marijuana strains come from breeding and crossbreeding these plant species for different qualities they possess. In fact, the caregivers need to label the jar and have to inform the buyers about the type of strains they are buying.
Sativa Vs Indica
Sativa – Sativa result into head-high’s, rise in energy, takes people to an engrossed state of euphoria and typically regarded as the “Day-Time Smoke.” Sativa strains provide strong mind effects that help pot users to relax.
Indica – On the other hand, Indica produces a deep narcotic state or a body-high. And this is the most favored strain for medicinal use to treat health issues such as insomnia, pain management, and stimulating your appetite. Unlike Sativa, it is a “Night-Time Smoke.”
To have a good grasp of the cannabis species take a visual ride with this Infographic from Vaped.ca –
Now that you have known about species let us get on to the popular strains made out of them.
Blue Dream – A Sativa dominant hybrid of Blueberry India and Haze Sativa is the most popular strains and widely available across the world. Blue Dream helps to maintain full relaxation with gentle cerebral invigoration. Novice users consume it since its level effects ease you gently into a calm euphoria.
Sour Diesel – An invigorating Sativa strain derives its name from its pungent diesel like smell. A fast acting strain helps to fade away stress, pain, and depression resulting in long lasting relief.
OG Kush – An Indica strain passing on the distinct Kush bud structure present in many strains today. OG Kush, patients most commonly have improvements in migraines, ADD/ADHD, and stress disorders.
Green Crack – This is pure cannabis originated from Afghani strain of tighter bud structure. It’s an Indica variety that invigorates a mental buzz and it is the perfect daytime medication for patients treating fatigue, stress, and depression.
Super Silver Haze – Its is a pure haze Sativa crossbreed of Skunk#1 and Northern Lights and one of the most popular cannabis strains until date. It’s a great remedy to high stress levels or when suffering from a lack of appetite or nausea.
Grand Daddy Purple – It’s a famous Indica cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. It s a grape and berry scented bud, wrapped in violet hues turned lavender by a frosty trichome blanket. GDP ensures a relaxing experience that keeps anxiety, depression, and pain at bay.
Dr Grinspoon – A pure Sativa that derives its name in the honor of Harvard professor and Cannabis advocate. This sativa is a top choice for creative minds and deep thinkers as it induces rapid cerebral activity and sensory awareness.
Jack Herer – This is a sativa dominant cannabis strain which is a common crossbreed of Haze hybrid with a Northern Lights #5 and Shiva Skunk. The spicy, pine-scented sativa has taken home numerous awards for its quality and potency. It help patients to enjoy a blissful, clear-headed and calm relaxation.
White Widow – This is a popular cross between a Brazilian sativa landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian Indica. It ensures a burst of euphoria and energy, which breaks through immediately stimulating both conversation and creativity.
White Rhino – This strain is a hybrid of White Widow and North American Indica. The buds are able to give a head high and one of the best types of medical marijuana as it has high THC content.
Methods of Consuming Medical Cannabis
There are all different methods to consume your favorite plant such as –
- Tinctures and Oils
People love smoking cannabis in a paper wrap called a joint or cigar wraps called a blunt. That’s not the end you can get yourself a glass pipe commonly called a bong. Let us take on –
Glass Pipe– Great for people smoking in small groups. Glass pipe are great for people smoking in small groups. The smoke from a glass pipe is not as smooth as that from a Joint or a bong, but what it lacks is smoothness it makes up in expediency.
Bong – Bong comes with few essentials such as a bowl, a stem, a chamber, and a carb hole. The airtight tube is filled with small amount of water that allows the smoke to travel through and cools the smoke before inhaled through the mouthpiece. This way the smoke does not burn your throat.
PLASTIC BONG – As the name it comes with a tough, easy-to-clean metal bowl held in place by a rubber grommet and a colored acrylic base. The tough plastic tube is where things can really get crazy. You do not require rolling, just load, spark, and inhale. It is less expensive than a glass bong.
Dabs are cannabis extracts made out of BHO and other solvents. You use a Rig, which is a modified bong to dab. When you use a water pipe, a blowtorch is used to preheat the surface that is called “nail.” The nail is made up of titanium or glass. After you heat the nail, the concentrate is dabbed on the surface resulting in a vapor that you can inhale.
Since dabs provides a different but powerful high. Most dabbers are experienced marijuana users who develop a tolerance to the effects of THC so it is better beginners stay away from taking dabs.
Vaporizers are expensive than a traditional pipe or a bong. There are a number of reasons for a marijuana user to use this high-tech device. It works by heating marijuana, but not hot enough to start combustion. The device produces an inhalable vapor that contains active medical ingredient in marijuana, but without those harmful by-products caused by combustion. For a newbie, this low-harm, low-smell method may be worth a try.
Pot users can infuse cannabis into butter or oil and then cook it in food. Edibles usually take a longer time to have effect than smoking or vaporizing, as long as 20 minutes to an hour. Doses are a little difficult to judge, so you can intake the cannabis in small portions at a time. You can wait at least an hour to assess its effect so that you do not over over-medicate. Some edible herbal medicines kick in faster if eaten on an empty stomach. The therapeutic effects of the cannabis last much longer than other pot consumption methods, as much as 4 hours and then it slowly begins to wear off.
A tincture is a concentrated form of medical cannabis that you might find in alcohol solution. Tinctures are not only highly concentrated but also requires a careful dosage level. You must start out small and wait to feel the effects and then add more. You can take it under the tongue or mix it with water and other beverages. Mostly used for the medicinal purpose to treat conditions like cancer, epilepsy, and more.
This brief guide is just like touching the tip of the iceberg. You can get to talk to a caregiver or someone who knows about toking. For the best experience, we recommend finding a great medical marijuana caregiver whom can help you with the process.
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