Best Cannabis Strains for Beginners - Have A Heart
Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

How many people do you know who tried cannabis before, had a bad experience, and swore never to try it again? Maybe this experience even describes you. But don’t worry, this experience is actually pretty common. Many novice users’ first experience with cannabis wasn’t exactly pleasant because they tried the wrong strain or cannabis product. Maybe it was a super stoney indica-dominant strain that made them self-conscious and anxious and locked to the couch. Or they had an edible with far more THC than any new user could tolerate.

Choosing the right strain (or wrong strain) can make the difference between loving or hating cannabis. To help new cannabis users achieve the best experience possible, we’ve put together this list of recommendations of the best cannabis strains for beginners.

If there’s one word of advice to follow above all else, beginners should start with strains high in CBD. You’ve heard of THC. THC is what gets you “high.” CBD counteracts or neutralizes the effects of THC. (See graph below for a comparison of THC/CBD content in several of the strains we recommend.)

Image Source: Leafly Unlike some higher THC strains, top-shelf Jack Herer’s consistent cannabinoid and terpene profile makes users feel happy, sociable, and creative. Likewise, few users report undesirable side-effects like anxiety or mild paranoia (like overthinking everything). Being named after one of the most important cannabis activists of our time, enjoying Jack will hopefully provide new cannabis consumers with the inspiration to learn more about the history of cannabis advocacy. Without Jack Herer, you probably wouldn’t be getting high. Well, at least not legally! Acapulco Gold Plushberry Don’t start with a high-THC or THC-dominant strain. Your first experience should be with a low-THC, high-CBD strain or a balanced CBD/THC strain. Start low, go slow. When you smoke or vape cannabis the effects are near-instantaneous. Take just a single puff or two first to see how you feel. You can titrate up from there. If your first experience is with an edible, start low—very low! You shouldn’t consume more than 5 mg (10 mg tops!) the first time you try edibles. CBD is your friend. If you feel too much of the effects of THC you can counter those effects with CBD. CBD neutralizes the sometimes undesirable effects of THC (like anxiety and paranoia) while lessening the psychoactive effects of THC. Email*