So, you’ve decided that you want to start using cannabis products? In an effort to help you save time, money, and quite possibly a bit of your sanity, we’ve put together “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Buying Cannabis.” Our goal is to help you feel confident in the process. When you walk into a dispensary or purchase from online sites, you’ll have a better idea of exactly what you want. By the end of this article, you will have all the information you need to make your first purchase.
The laws very from state to state and country to country, though there are still places in the world that cannabis use is against the law. Whether you live in the United States or in another country, you can find your local laws at this WEBSITE
Why Are You Buying Cannabis?
Regardless of wanting cannabis for medical use or recreational, I’d encourage you to sit down and write out exactly what you’re wanting to accomplish. Medically, there are strains of cannabis that can help so many different aspects of illnesses, diseases and pains. Is it for recreational use? What do you want from cannabis? Clear, focused mind? Maybe you want to boost your creativity? Again, different strains can help you reach your high aspirations.
Head High or Body High?
You’ll need to learn about the different strains, chemical compounds and how they work for you. Whatever your goal is for buying marijuana, here are the basics.
A Sativa would be your best bet if you want to boost creativity, your mood and/or help you focus. It gives you a nice head high without knocking you for a loop. Medically, this would be a good choice for treating anxiety, can increase serotonin and treat depression. It’s perfect for daytime use when you need to be up and doing things.
Indica is affectionately nicknamed “In-da-couch” because it renders you unable to do much. It packs a great punch as far as head high goes, allowing you to get a full night’s sleep. It can become an insomniac’s best friend. Typically much more potent than a sativa, it’s helpful when there is chronic pain.
A Hybrid is a combination of the Sativa and Indica, usually mixed evenly with 50 percent Sativa and 50 percent Indica. That gives you the best of both worlds.
Variations of CBD and THC
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of at least 113 cannabinoids in marijuana. They all offer health benefits, but CBD health benefits outweigh the others by far. CBD works with the body without the psychoactive effects. If you are looking into cannabis for medical reasons, you will most likely want a high CBD percentage in your products.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is among those 113 cannabinoids and is the most potent psychoactive chemical compound from the plant, which causes the intense head high.The percentage of THC in each product will vary. You can get cannabis in high, low or no amounts. THC also brings health benefits to the table.
Products and How You Use Them
This is where your research gets fun. Do you want an edible? Prefer to smoke it? Vaping? Let’s take a look at all your options.
You can use a bong, a pipe or roll a joint (or purchase them pre rolled). A cannabis flower is widely used to smoke, though it can be used in other ways as well. There are hundreds (possibly thousands) of variations on marijuana; citrus blends, fruity flavors, woodsy types etc. You can smoke the bud as is, or in a dab (sticky concentrate). You can make hash pellets to smoke too.
Vapes come with a mod and tank. You put the oil in the tank and inhale. You can also get CBD or cannabis oil in disposable vape “pens”. Some oils come flavored; peppermint, citrus, cinnamon. Depending on where you get your product, not all will be available. If you vape in place of smoking cigarettes, please don’t assume that you can use cannabis oils in your regular mode. Some oils are thicker and can clog your mod. Some are also too thick and may need something else to thicken it. It’s best to get a mod specifically for cannabis oil or go with disposable ones.
Cannabis edibles are typical edible products infused with marijuana. They have gummy bears and rings, cookies, biscuits, butter, mints, candy bars, gum and so much more. As with all the other cannabis products, these come in a variety of strains and different percentages of CBD and THC. There are bakery items (pastries, cupcakes etc) created that are infused with cannabis, as well as elixirs, juices and sodas.
A caution about edibles: Start small. Maybe half the suggested amount on the package. You may not need the full amount suggested. They can also take longer to work. Even if you’ve had experience with cannabis in other forms, you don’t want to start out with a full amount. It’s best to wait a few times, to see how long it takes to work for you.
Products for External Use Only:
You can find lotions, rubs, oil in capsule form and sublingual sprays. These are typically used for medical treatments and work well.
Where to Purchase:
There are dispensaries all over the US (and in other countries). You may want to Google it. They usually have a website that gives information on their location, a phone number and all the products they offer.
It is possible to purchase cannabis products online, depending on what you’re looking for and the laws in your area.
Maybe you live in an area where you could grow your own marijuana plants. Check your local laws.
Other Useful Resources and Information:
Cannabiz Network we don’t want to toot our own horn but we are one of the greatest resources to have. You get the latest news from the cannabis world, packed with information on various cannabis strains, what each product can do for you, the financial end of cannabis and find products at your fingertips. Our blog gets down to the specifics of science behind the plants, and products as well as stories behind people whose lives have changed because of this miracle plant.
Medical Marijuana Card - this is a license/permit that some states and countries require. If you live in an area that requires this, check with your doctor to find out how to go about obtaining one. You can also contact your local health department. There will likely be quite a bit of paperwork but don’t let that stop you.
SmokingWithStyle is an incredible website that offers a wealth of information on cannabis products and paraphernalia, gives you recipes for your cannabis cuisine, links to games, tips and tricks to cannabis use and a blog that’s filled with so much information.
Written by: Loretta Rizzo
Loretta Rizzo is a wife, mom and author who is an outspoken advocate for the legalization of marijuana