Beginner's Guide for Cannabis Newbies 2021

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Why do I need to add cannabis to my routine?

As legalization spreads across the US- and even the globe- more and more people are incorporating cannabis into their wellness and recreational activities. Cannabis is often praised for its recreational uses. The plant can also be a natural solution for your everyday wellness needs.

  • Motivate yourself for a workout (or recover when you’re done)!
  • Relax & rest after a long day of work.
  • Take the edge off the stressors of life.
  • Find relief from your physical and mental obstacles.
  • Boost focus & creativity.

If any of these benefits appeal to you, then it may be time to consider adding cannabis to your life. Where do you start? Keep reading for our step by step guide to cannabis for beginners!

Step 1: What do you want to achieve?

The first step in navigating the cannabis world as a beginner is understanding your goals. Do you want to avoid intoxicating effects? Is discomfort keeping you from your favorite activities? Are you looking for a sleep remedy that won’t leave you groggy in the morning?

Once you’ve defined your needs, the search begins. The two factors that influence the effects of a cannabis product are cannabinoids and terpenes.


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Step 2: Learn the Basics

Cannabinoids

You may be familiar with CBD & THC- the two most popular compounds associated with the cannabis plant. While there are over 100 cannabinoids in existence, a few stand out for their potential therapeutic properties.

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Terpenes

Terpenes are aromatic oils that color cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine. Every terpene is associated with its own unique properties. Linalool, for example, is believed to be relaxing whereas limonene elevates mood. When choosing strains, terpene profile plays a role in flavor and overall experience.

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Cannabis products are often categorized based on cannabinoid terpene profiles: Sativa, Indica, Hybrid and CBD. This classification can help beginners navigate their experiences. Sativa strains are associated with uplifting effects. Strains that are indica dominant are more relaxing. After decades of cross-breeding strains, Indica/Sativa hybrid strains have developed.

Step 3: How do you want to consume?

In this era of cannabis legalization, there are currently more consumption options available to you than ever. Whether you want to smoke it, eat it, drink it or wear it on your skin, there’s a CBD or THC infused solution for you. If you’re new to cannabis, you may want to avoid methods that are can be harmful to your lungs. Edibles and beverages are seeing a major uptick in popularity as a discreet method of consumption that’s easy on your body. 

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Step 4: Find Cannabis Products Near You!

So you know which cannabinoid-terpene profiles and consumption methods are right for you. Now you can enter the dispensary armed with knowledge.

Looking for cannabis retailers near you in Washington and California? Check out our store finder to find a dispensary near you!

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