New to the cannabis scene? Have low tolerance levels for THC? Here’s your comprehensive guide to choosing a strain that’s right for you along with quick tips to avoid reaching that uncomfortable state of paranoia!
Choose a Low THC Strain or High CBD Strain
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive component of cannabis that creates the “high” or “stone” we’ve all read about or experienced. It’s this cannabinoid that can either create a state of euphoria or anxiety, depending on whether just enough or too much has been consumed.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory component of cannabis that creates a physical state of relaxation. It’s often used to treat medical conditions, while recreational users enjoy its soothing effects as well. CBD works synergistically with THC, often enhancing physical sensations while reducing psychoactive, anxiety-inducing effects.
To avoid the paranoia and/or anxiety that many strains produce in novice consumers, the first step is to start with a low THC strain or one that has high CBD levels. Generally, high THC levels begin at 15% and can top at 30%. Any strain containing above 1% of CBD is actually considered high in CBD!
Strains Below 15% THC & Above 1% CBD
These strains often average below 15% THC and have over 1% CBD. However, always check potencies before purchasing. Differing harvests and growing techniques can change THC and CBD levels. This can also mean that a strain that normally averages above 15% can sometimes be sold below 15%. Just check the label or ask the budtender before purchasing.
As the market opens up with dab pens, rigs, bongs, and a plethora of other products, it’s best to dive into the realm of cannabis via smoking bud first. Smoking the actual flower of the plant allows you to experience firsthand what it’s like to use a pipe and to smell and taste the plant. Not only this, but smoking flower often gives the consumer a smaller dose of THC than concentrates or edibles.
If you dive into the cannabis world by chewing on an edible, you may overdo it without knowing it until 45 minutes later – which won’t be fun if you’re on vacation out in public. Concentrates are a great way to enjoy cannabis, but for novice consumers, this will often lead to paranoia or anxiety immediately.
Tip #2: Small Puffs!
When taking a toke of cannabis from a pipe or joint, don’t suck in too hard! Not only will find yourself experiencing a THC overload, but this can also cause ash or small pieces of cannabis to make their way into your mouth and throat. Not to mention it can burn, causing a horrible fit of coughs to ensue.
Tip #3: Water, Eye Drops, Snacks
Most cannabis strains will cause red eyes, cottonmouth, and increase appetite. Before consuming, make sure water, eye drops, and snacks are handy so you don’t go searching for them thoughtlessly (and without success) while high/stoned. Short-term memory loss is really a thing while consuming, so be prepared beforehand!