What Cannabis is Right for Me?

Is there a perfect cannabis strain for each individual? Is there a perfect way for every last person to enjoy cannabis?  Probably not. That being said, there are likely many cannabis strains and intake methods that are a great fit for people depending on their reasons for cannabis use.

When seeking a euphoric high, you’ll want cannabis that is high in THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). This particular type of cannabis is also commonly referred to as marijuana. The decision process is often more refined than that, though;  A few additional variables will help you dial in the best match for your needs. Looking at a strain’s terpene profile is a great place to start. For instance, if you want to try marijuana that doesn’t get you quite so ‘high’, try something that has lower THC content, higher CBD content, and smells of oranges.  This smell comes from Limonene, a terpene found on certain strains of the cannabis plant as well as certain citrus fruits. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a ‘high’ that relaxes you, look for a strain that is high in Myrcene, a terpene also found in mangos. Alternatively, Sativas that are low in Myrcene tend to give an energetic ‘buzz’.

If you want to completely avoid the ‘high’, Hemp-derived CBD products are the way to go. They contain less than .3% THC. There are several different domains to explore in the world of CBD. Firstly, for those merely looking to experiment with CBD, isolates are a good starting point because they’re relatively inexpensive. The big drawback is that isolates aren’t very effective for symptom relief. If you have ailments that you are hoping to combat, CBD product that contain a spectrum of compounds are going to be a far better fit for you.

Full Spectrum products, on the other hand, are becoming very popular in the CBD industry because of the outstanding results people get when using them. Be sure to research the company you purchase from though, because many businesses misleadingly market their products as full spectrum. It’s optimal to find TRUE full spectrum (or complete spectrum as we like to call it) products that use organic alcohol extractions and high quality hemp as their source: hemp that’s been carefully bred to maximize the presence of healing compounds when the plants mature. 4 Corners Cannabis is a great example of a company that offers Complete Spectrum products like this.

Another consideration to find what’s right for you is your preferred method of cannabis consumption.  Smoking marijuana is the ideal intake method when looking for a ‘heady buzz’. Vaping marijuana distillate or dabbing marijuana concentrate will produce a more pharmaceutical feeling. Edibles, on the other hand, will give the user a different feeling altogether. They should be eaten in low doses at first because it can take 2 hours for the effects to peak.

If CBD is your go-to cannabis product, oral consumption is a great way to go for long term relief (tinctures are most commonly used for this). Those typically take 30 to 90 minutes to take effect. If you want a product that kicks in quickly, CBD vape liquids are a great alternative. Not much is needed to achieve the desired effects when vaping CBD, but those effects won’t last the way that the effects from oral consumption do. They fade much more quickly.  CBD topicals are great for localized relief. If you’re looking for a rub that alleviates sore muscles or neuropathy, topicals are a great route to go.

Hopefully this small bit of guidance helps you begin your journey with cannabis and make an informed decision.  Don’t be afraid to continue to research and further educate yourself. Science is constantly uncovering more and more of the mysterious, impressive, and pivotal properties that make the cannabis plant such an enigma. We should all be excited about what discoveries are waiting just around the corner.

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