Cannabis has a myriad of health benefits and only few (if any) side effects, none of which can be considered serious. Nonetheless, if you’re a medical marijuana patient, it’s perfectly understandable that you have many questions regarding cannabis.
How will it affect me? What is the optimal dosage for beginners? How to consume cannabis for the first time? And last but not least, what are the best cannabis products for first-time patients?
To begin with, keep in mind that cannabis affects everyone differently, so what is ideal for you may not necessarily be good for another person. However, there are some basic guidelines to follow if you are a first-time marijuana patient. The purpose of approaching cannabis with baby steps is to make yourself familiar with the herb and figure out what part of marijuana consumption you find the most appealing.
Below, you will find the 7 best cannabis products for first-time patients.
1. High-CBD Strains
If you feel like you’re ready to try THC-dominant cannabis strains, go ahead and try them, but as it is with everything in life, keep it in moderation. Although THC is a known relaxant and anti-anxiety agent, it can actually increase anxiety in extensive dosage, so cut your cloak according to your cloth.
But what if you don’t like the THC? If that’s the case, you might want to try some of the high-CBD, low-THC cannabis strains. They will carry all the benefits of the herb, but without inducing the psychoactive ‘high’. On top of that, CBD is known to help control one’s appetite, so if you want to stay in shape, CBD-rich flowers are the way to go.
How to Consume high-CBD strains?
Some people like to smoke their buds, bud in when it comes to high-CBD strains, smoking is actually counter-productive. CBD degrades to its inactive version when its combusted, so the best way to consume your CBD flowers is to make some cannabis-infused edibles or simply vaporize your material for instant relief.
2. Cannabis Edibles
Let’s be honest, not everyone likes to inhale smoke or vapor from cannabis. Some people prefer other delivery methods, such as ingestion. That being said, you can use your resources to prefer cannabis-infused edibles, such as sweet treats or even whole meals based on cannabutter or cannabis olive oil – sky is the limit, as they say.
The greatest advantage of using cannabis edibles is that the effects last much longer than if you smoked dried marijuana buds; the effects from edibles can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. However, edibles take usually a bit more time to kick in, so if you want to know how it feels to be high on cannabis-infused food, you will have to wait between 30 and 40 minutes (up to an hour).
3. Cannabis Oil/Tinctures
As much as we don’t want to shoot blinds without any statistical data, it looks like cannabis tinctures are one of the most popular methods of cannabinoid delivery among medical users. It’s no wonder that patients like tinctures. They are versatile – you can either drop them beneath the tongue or mix them with your food – and they are actually safe since you don’t need to smoke the product in order to feel the desired effect. The only drawback of cannabis tinctures is the taste, but then again, it’s a very subjective matter because some people actually like the raw taste of cannabis oil.
Well, this point is quite ambiguous, but we decided to put concentrates on our list for one reason – microdosing. When you microdose cannabis, you deliver small amounts of cannabinoids from the plant to your body, which makes you on the verge of being sharply focused and mildly high. Nonetheless, since concentrates are the most potent form of cannabis, it’s paramount that you don’t get started with dabbing thick patches of wax.
Cannabis capsules are one of the most convenient consumption methods. There’s no need to spend time on measuring out the required dose because cannabis capsules come with certain dosages. This, in turn, helps you adjust the amount of cannabinoids to your health condition, not to mention that capsules come in extremely handy for people who are always on the move.
6. Vape Juices
Yes, fellow cannabis lovers, THC- and CBD-infused vape juices are a real thing. Better yet, the popularity of vapable cannabis product has become a global phenomenon. Everyone vapes canna-juices, from A-list celebrities to regular folks and medical users. Cannabis vape juices come with one unquestionable advantage: they bring almost instant relief as the cannabinoids are released right to your bloodstream. On top of that, vaporizing cannabis is way safer than smoking the plant and, at the same time, incomparably more efficient. Vaporizing makes over 90% of the plant’s active compounds enter your body, while smoking produces anywhere from 50 to 75% of waste, let alone the litany of carcinogens inhaled during the process.
Cannabis has long been respected as a powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic, but its pain relieving properties can be also used to fight localized pain. Whenever you feel soreness in your muscles, or you get injured, apply cannabis cream or salve and wait several minutes until you feel the effects. Besides, let us not forget that cannabis topicals can also improve skin and fight skin-related problems, such as acne or eczema.
Do you remember your first time as a medical cannabis user? What was the first product you have tried? Share your stories!