Cannabis is the current hype, there’s no doubt about it. Whether you opt for a whole cannabis bud with all of its terpenes and cannabinoids intact, a CBD isolate tincture, or recreational balms and energy drinks for pain relief, you get different cannabis experiences with all of them. With so many products available on the market, how do you decide which product would be best for you?
Here’s what you do.
- Ask yourself the purpose of buying cannabis
- Think about the type of product you prefer to use
- Research the pros and cons of cannabis use
- Find a reliable source and look for quality proof
- Learn more about dosage and the best dose for you
- Consult a doctor and learn more about interactions with cannabis
- Apply for a Online medical card and prefer to buy weed from a dispensary
Ask yourself the purpose of buying cannabis
Your purpose for using weed will determine what type of product you will need, what potency would be best for you, and whether it is better to buy recreational or medical products.
If you are trying to combat a medical condition, a medically recommended marijuana product will best suit your needs. With a doctor’s referral, you can also access high-potency CBD products that would otherwise be out of reach. As a recreational user, you can’t get your hands on anything with more than 0.3% THC (maybe you can, but definitely not legally).
If you’re looking for immediate effects, blunts, spliffs and joints, vapes, bongs and e-cigs, sublingual tinctures and topicals might be the best fit for you. All smoking products can begin to produce effects within seconds, while sublingual and topical effects can take minutes.
On the other hand, if the purpose of consumption is to provide relief over a longer period of time, you may want to invest in foods and drinks that need to be digested before taking effect. Although these products can take longer, sometimes even hours, to take effect, their benefits last a long time.
Think about the type of product you prefer to use?
Smoking products are great for instant gratification. You can start feeling the effects within seconds. But you might not be the biggest fan of smoking or vaping flowers, and we get it. Although this is the fastest way to dose weed and rarely leads to overuse, it can harm your health. Especially if you are prone to lung infections or have trouble breathing.
In such a case, you can opt for sublingual oils. These act quickly and do not put you at risk of lung infections.
For consumers who like to take cannabis in the form of delicious treats, you can find chocolates, protein bars, gummies, brownies and other baked goods to enjoy.
Research – the pros and cons of cannabis use
As a new consumer, you need to know everything there is to know about cannabis, all of its cannabinoids, and what different potencies can do for you. Cannabis, as a whole, has many other components and chances are that any product you buy will contain some of them as well. These can be other cannabinoids, terpenes or flavonoids unique to each strain.
One such component you should be aware of is THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive cannabinoid – in other words, it provides the “high” you associate with cannabis. While recreational CBD products have a legal limit of 0.3% THC, doses accessible with a medical marijuana card can have much higher concentrations.
In other words, if you consume too much THC, it can lead to poisoning.
Another area of concern may be the lack of FDA regulation. This means that you will have to be very careful to find a reliable source for your product.
Find a reliable source and look for quality proof
You’ll come across hundreds of cannabis vendors, CBD retail outlets, and dispensaries, but not all of them have been licensed to sell weed. And let me tell you, you don’t want to buy your weed from a sleazy vendor. Best case scenario, the flower wouldn’t be as potent as it claims or they would be selling hemp oil instead of CBD oil. However, the worst-case scenario could include a contaminated product sending you to the emergency room.
In addition to the vendor license, you should review the following when purchasing a product:
- Detailed labeling including date of manufacture and expiry date
- Hemp Source, Ingredients and Necessary Warnings
- A certificate of analysis from a third-party laboratory
Learn more about dosage and the best dose for you
As new consumers, it is always recommended to go for the smallest dose possible. Especially if you are consuming a full spectrum product.
Full-spectrum CBD also contains THC which can be intoxicating even in small doses for first-time consumers. To ensure that no side effects prevail, microdosing is preferable.
Consuming the product in small doses can help you assess your own tolerance and build it over time.
Consult a doctor and learn more about interactions with cannabis
Whatever cannabis product you have decided to invest in, attending a consultation with your doctor could do you good. As a certified professional, they can inform you of all possible side effects and consequences of consuming the product.
One of the main cannabinoids, CBD, also tends to interact with prescription drugs and other medications you might be taking. To avoid suffering side effects from such interactions, be sure to be transparent with your doctor about your medical history, medications you are currently taking, or any other medications that may still be in your body.
Apply for a medical card online and buy cannabis at a dispensary
If you have decided to consume weed, what type of product you want and the potency that would suit you best; it’s time to step into the local dispensary and get your hands on the right product. But before you do that, be sure to apply for a medical marijuana card. With an MMJ card, you can access any marijuana product available in your state.
With an MMJ card,
- You can be better assured of the quality of the product
- Buy CBD from licensed sellers
- Get a wider range of variants and powers
Your MMJ card also allows you to possess, consume, and even grow your own doses of cannabis without becoming a violator.
As a beginner in this Greenland, learning all aspects of cannabis should be your first approach. You can then visit an MMJ doctor, get your referral, and purchase your first dose from a reputable and reliable dispensary.
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