If you are new to cannabis, the world of available strains can be a lot to take in! There are hundreds of strain options, a plethora of genetics and a wide-variety of potency levels – so where do you begin!?
The first thing to know is the difference between Indica, Sativa and hybrid variations of cannabis as this is the main deciding factor depending on the experience you are looking for. Hybrids are a combination of various genetics to produce either a balanced 50/50 mix strain, or one that leans to Indica or Sativa effects. Those that are Indica-dominant (or pure Indica strains) are referred to as “in-da-couch” strains as they produce powerful body relaxation and tend to leave you couch-locked and sedated. These strains are also prone to producing “the munchies”. On the other hands, strains that are Sativa-dominant hybrids (or pure Sativa strains) produce uplifting and energizing effects that range from producing happiness and euphoria, to focus and clear-headedness to a creativity boost.
To help those of you who are brand new to cannabis, we have decided to put together a list of the best cannabis strains for beginners! The following options will be a good place to start for anyone looking to experience the benefits of cannabis for the first time.
Sour Diesel – Sativa
One of the most popular Sativa strains in North America, Sour Diesel is a named for its skunky and pungent diesel smelling aroma. This strain is a 90% Sativa-dominant option with invigorating cerebral effect that boosts energy and creativity as well as providing mild relaxation. The THC levels of this strain can reach up to 26%, but typically range between 18-22% making it a fairly potent option. It is not recommended for beginners with anxiety, but is well-suited to individuals looking to fight fatigue, bipolar disorder, depression, nausea and migraines.
Master Kush – Indica
Master Kush is a 90% Indica-dominant hybrid that was bred from two landrace strains – Hindu Kush and a pure Skunk – and has won two Cannabis Cup awards. The near-pure Indica genetics produce total body relaxation, as well as a mild euphoric boost. Unlike many other Indica strains, Master Kush will not leave you hazy or disoriented unless you over consume. Instead this strain eases users into a comfortable state of grounded relaxation.
Jack Herer – Sativa
Named after a marijuana activist and author, Jack Herer is a famed Sativa-dominant strain that produces heady and distinct cerebral effects. Users of this strain are met with a euphoric cerebral high that provides a boost of energy and creativity to help get things done. This strain typically has a 55:45 Sativa to Indica ratio, giving it blissful and clear-headed effects along with a moderate physical effects for relaxation without sedation. Despite the higher THC levels (20-23%), Jack Herer does not produce paranoia or anxiety as with other Sativa-dominant strains and is a great option for beginners looking for a boost.
Northern Lights – Indica
A well known Indica-dominant strain, Northern Lights is a great choice for beginners thanks to its moderate 16-21% THC levels. This strain is an inbred descendant of an Afghani landrace strain giving it the classic Indica effects. Ideal for managing anxiety, pain, insomnia and appetite loss, Northern Lights offers the user powerful effects that combine an upbeat euphoria with potent physical relaxation to reduce pain and anxiety in just a couple tokes.
ACDC – Sativa
Unlike the other strains on our list, ACDC does not contain high levels of THC but is rather a high-CBD Sativa strain. CBD is the cannabinoid cousin of THC, but it does not produce a high. Instead, this strain’s Sativa components improve alertness, focus and reduces anxiety while keeping you clear-headed. High CBD strains, such as ACDC, are great options for individuals who find they become anxious or paranoid when taking THC, or those who may not be ready for psychoactive effects just yet.
Other high CBD strains include Cannatonic and Charlotte’s Web.
Girl Scout Cookies – Hybrid
Girl Scout Cookies is a near 50/50 hybrid with such balanced effects, that it nearly tops the list of best cannabis strains for beginners. This strain has a 40:60 Sativa to Indica ratio that provides a good mixture of both effects. THC levels can reach up to 28% in rare cases, but typically fall around 18-22%. Users find that the high from this strain provides a mixture of happiness, euphoria and physical relaxation that is not overwhelming but can last for hours. The combination of effects makes Girl Scout Cookies an excellent option for anxiety, depression, chronic pain and appetite loss.
Blue Dream – Hybrid
One of the most popular strains around, Blue Dream is a favourite amongst beginners and experienced users alike. This strain is slightly Sativa-dominant with a ratio of 60:40 Sativa to Indica, resulting in an uplifting and motivating cerebral high with mellow body relaxation to help alleviate stress and leave you pain free. With THC levels ranging from 17-24%, Blue Dream can come in moderate and more potent options but the balanced effects keep it from being too overwhelming.
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