Best Cannabis Strains For Beginners
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November 15, 2021 by Pure Oasis
The first experience you have with cannabis is a defining experience. For many, an unpleasant first encounter with cannabis can lead to a life-long hesitancy towards this beneficial medicine. This makes it important to approach your first session with some caution to make sure you do not take too high of a dose.
In this guide, we will provide some tips on how to have a great first experience while also sharing some of the best strains for beginners.
How To Prepare For The First Time
Congratulations! After hearing about all of the benefits, you’ve decided that you want to give cannabis a shot. Before you take that first hit, there are some important things to keep in mind.
For starters, brace yourself to not get high your first time. Depending on your age and any previous drug experience, your first time may not be too exciting. For this reason, it is important to be patient and not lose hope after just one try. It is common and something that can just happen!
Adding onto that, we also recommend making sure that you inhale your first time. For many first-timers, this is an easy step to miss. For many people, the first time they really inhaled was the first time they really felt it. So, during your first try, make sure you get a full inhale of smoke and allow it to take you to infinity and beyond!
Finally, make sure you hydrate! Dehydration is one of the easiest ways to cause your body to tense up and become anxious. Coughing and smoke can make your mouth and throat very dry, so be sure to keep some fresh water on hand in order to keep yourself grounded.
Top Cannabis Strains For Beginners
Without further ado, here are the best strains to consider as a newcomer to cannabis:
The obligatory “popular” weed strain is Blue Dream. Blue Dream is famous due to its well-balanced and euphoric effects that keep newbies and veterans alike hooked. BD is known for its mellow experience and balanced, full-body effects. Lovers of Blue Dream enjoy the calming yet creatively invigorating mental state that it can breed.
While Harlequin can be strong at higher doses, it is a great choice for beginners due to its high CBD:THC ratio. This creates a very smooth environment that is very unlikely to become overwhelming. The effects for most people include a calming yet euphoric high that soothes the mind.
For many smokers, OG Kush was their first introduction to weed — and for good reason! The strain really is the OG of cannabis. With a delicious smell and flavor, OG Kush is able to provide a very balanced head and body high that helps to wash away stress and anxiety while creating a positive and goofy mental state that can help you to enjoy any activity in a new light. OG Kush is an Indica dominant strain, making it best to enjoy in the back half of the day leading to bedtime.
Jack Herer became famous back in the 70s when cannabis was making its rounds in the hippie community. This strain achieved legendary status due to its light yet captivating effects. This strain is perfect for new users because it welcomes you to cannabis with open arms, showing you the delights of being high without plunging you too deeply into the rabbit hole. It is known to cause a warm, invigorating euphoria that can help you feel delighted with any task without the chance of overstimulation.
If you enjoy meditating and enjoying dreamy, calming experiences, then God’s Gift may be a fun option for your first session. While this strain can be a pretty strong experience at higher doses, just taking a few puffs can get you a very fun, relieving, yet stimulating high that anyone will enjoy. Be careful with how much you use, though, as this strain contains a good amount of THC.
A fun and interesting choice for first-timers, GDP is a fun, purple-flowered cannabis strain that provides a sleepy, dreamy, pain and anxiety-relieving high. GDP is an Indica strain that is best saved for users who want to relieve stress and anxiety or get to sleep more easily.
This strain is a great option for newcomers because it provides a very relaxing, tiring, and munchie-fueled high that can give you that classic stoner experience with your friends.
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No matter what strain you go with, the fact is that various strains affect people differently, and everyone’s tolerance for cannabis varies. With this in mind, just pick a strain that interests you, be safe, and have fun!
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The 8 Best Strains For Making Rick Simpson Oil
Rick Simpson Oil is cannabis oil made with techniques that are easy to replicate at home. According to Rick Simpson, the best strains for making Rick Simpson Oil or RSO are “very potent and sedative medicinal Indica varieties.” Keeping it indica-dominant and potent, we narrowed it down to the 8 best strains for making Rick Simpson oil.
Platinum OG was number one out of Michigan on our 2016 strongest strains on earth list. The medical sample tested at 27 percent THC. Platinum is one of the first strains to test at over 20 percent THC regularly. Platinum OG is an indica-dominant strain associated with heavy physical sedation which makes it one of the best strains for making Rick Simpson Oil.
Motor Breath is an indica strain that has been rapidly accumulating awards over the last couple of years. In fact, it recently won number one indica at the 2017 SoCal Cannabis Cup. Motor Breath is also a popular potent strain in Michigan because it was given 2nd place indica at the midwest cannabis cup in 2017. It also turned up twice on our strongest strains list of 2017 with THC percentages at 29 percent and 25 percent.
Symbiotic Genetics bred the popular indica Purple Punch by crossing Larry OG with Granddaddy Purple. The strain was brought into popularity by the expert cultivators at The Village and Jungle Boys. The buds are typically caked in trichomes with hues of purple and the smell of cream, berries and grapes. Purple Punch made it into the top 5 indica flowers and top 10 concentrates at the 2017 NorCal cup.
Kosher Kush is an indica strain by Reserva Privada which is a part of DNA Genetics. It has a pungent, floral and earthy smell. Kosher Kosh nugs are short, stout, dense and frosty. The strain won the High Times cannabis cup best indica 2010, best strain 2011 as well as best indica in the 2012 and 2015 medical cups. The heavily awarded strain is still in-demand in 2018.
Parents are both cannabis cup award-winning strains bred by DNA Genetics. L.A. Chocolat is an indica-dominant hybrid with a prominent body high. This hybrid has the mood-lifting qualities of a sativa with the sedation of a heavy indica strain. There is heavy trichome production on specific pheno’s of this strain.
Godfather OG won 1st place indica at the 2013 cannabis cup in LA. In 2017, God Father OG broke the previous cannabis cup record of 32.13 percent THC, testing at 34.04 percent. If you’re looking for a strain associated with potency and sedative effects, look no further. Godfather OG will have muscles relaxed and eyelids low after a few puffs.
Blue Cheese is a cross between the popular U.K. Cheese strain and DJ Short’s Blueberry. The effects are sedative, helping patients sleep with ease. This indica strain is ideal for night time use and it regularly tests over 20 percent THC. The scent is somewhere between aging cheese and sweet blueberries.
Crockett from Crockett Family Farms and Guru of Serious Seeds created the popular, multiple award-winning strain Strawberry Banana. They genetically crossed Crockett’s Banana Kush with Guru’s Strawberry phenotype of the Bubble Gum strain. The result is one of the most pleasant smelling sativa-dominant hybrids we’ve ever come across.
Strawberry Banana has made the High Times’ strongest strains on earth list three years in a row with THC levels reaching as high as 31 percent. The strain won multiple first-place awards in the concentrate category of the 2016 SoCal Cannabis Cup.
This list consists of some of the strongest Indica strains we’ve come across here at High Times. They are the best strains for making Rick Simpson Oil based on his recommendation, their indica lineage and the fact that they all regularly test at over 20 percent THC. If you don’t have access to any of the listed strains just look for anything in your area with high THC levels and sedative or indica effects.
not sure if anyone will read this, but it must be said. Rick Simpson did not invent cannabis oil and to put his name on it doesn’t mean anything to me at all. We, all my hippi friends and myself, were using ethanol to extract the goodies out of weed back in 1970, yeah huh, you guessed it, it wasn’t called RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) back then. Okay, that’s out of the way…
Indeed, medicinally many Indicas are perfectly suited for extraction via ethanol, etc. However, cannabis is not just medicinal in nature, well, not for all of us. Myself, recreational and medicinal use are one in the same, but taking specific strains orally (cannacaps) is where I began to experience the most medical benefits. I purchase alcohol extracts and I make my own at home, but I use very specific strains for specific reasons. Unfortunately, there is no way to know if the same benefits are experienced by all unless you try it for yourself. I can tell you this much, limiting myself to a selection of indica or indica dominant hybrids will not happen. I did that at first and wasn’t getting the relief I needed from symptoms such as, fatigue, chronic pain, stress, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, etc… Ahhh, this is where a potent sativa or sativa such as Durban Poison, ALASKAN THUNDER FUCK (ATF), Sour Diesel, Lemon Sour Diesel, or a sativa dominant hybrid such as, Dirty Girl or ChemDawg… Indeed, it really has to do with what your symptoms are and why, and YOU.
I believe in the spirit of exploration, especially with cannabis. Do not be afraid to try new methods of consumption and new strains…
In closing, this is an exciting time for cannabis enthusiasts, but in order to fully unlock the mysteries of this legendary plant our government must get out of the way and legalize ASAP. The newest game charger on the block is THCP and its counterpart CBP… Prior to this, it was THCV, which has been dubbed the “Sports Car < of cannabis. Slowly but surely, we are beginning to understand more and more of the HOW and WHY of this miraculous plant…
why not do your part by experimenting on your own and sharing the results?
The Indigenous Alien
The 5 Best High-CBD Cannabis Strains to Grow
There are plenty of CBD products for sale in stores, but cultivators can easily grow their own high-CBD cannabis plants for medicinal purposes. Monica Mansfield details five of the best strains to grow at home.
CBD products have hit the mainstream. Even people who have long been against the use of cannabis are opening their minds to it.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second-most abundant chemical compound in cannabis after THC. It mitigates the psychoactive effects of THC, so for many years it was bred out of the plant by growers who were trying to develop the most potent strains possible.
However, now that the many benefits of CBD are becoming more well known, there has been a resurgence in breeding CBD-rich cannabis plants.
Health Benefits of CBD
For the last decade or so, scientists have been studying the health benefits of CBD more than they used to. As a result, medical journals are full of studies supporting its medicinal use. In fact, the FDA approved the CBD drug Epidiolex in 2018 for patients as young as two years old in the treatment of seizures associated with two forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.
CBD products are ideal for people who want the many benefits cannabis offers without the intoxicating side effects. Studies have shown CBD helps people keep a clear head while easing their suffering from chronic pain, neuropathic pain, sleep disorders, arthritis, musculoskeletal injuries, muscle spasms, epilepsy, nausea, and headaches.
It also helps with psychiatric and mood disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction and post concussive syndrome. CBD can also be used as a neuroprotective treatment for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and malignant brain tumors. In fact, it has been shown to reduce the growth of tumors by modulating different cell signaling pathways in gliomas, lymphoma, prostate, breast, skin, and pancreatic cancer cells as well. CBD has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory benefits, which are beneficial to those suffering from autoimmune diseases.
Benefits of Growing Your Own CBD
You can find CBD products everywhere nowadays. You can find tinctures, capsules, lotions and more at dispensaries, pharmacies, grocery stores, and online. However, there are many benefits to growing your own high-CBD cannabis plants.
First and foremost, growing your own gives you total quality control. You can ensure that organic gardening practices are used, especially when choosing fertilizers and pesticides, and that there isn’t any mold in your final product.
Different strains affect different people in different ways, so you can cultivate the strains that suit you best and use techniques that increase the CBD levels as much as possible.
Although growing supplies and electricity can be costly when growing indoors, you can grow your plants almost entirely for free outdoors, which will save you plenty of money and give you an abundance of medicine.
Growing Tips for High-CBD Plants
Growing high-CBD cannabis is just about the same as growing any other kind of cannabis plant, but there are a few tips that can help you get your CBD levels as high as possible. It’s important to note you cannot raise the CBD levels of any plant higher than is genetically possible. In fact, seeds from the same strain will produce varying CBD percentages. This is why it’s important to keep a mother plant and take cuttings once you find a plant you love. With clones, you’ll get the same CBD levels every time.
If you’re starting out with seeds, you can test their CBD levels at a lab when they are three to four weeks old. To test your plants, trim off the top few nodes and dry them before sending them into the lab. Once you have identified your plants with the highest CBD levels, you can take clones and keep your phenotype growing indefinitely.
A 2011 study found that certain conditions were associated with higher CBD levels in hemp plants. Researchers found that the more precipitation hemp plants were exposed to, the lower the CBD levels, so be sure to keep your humidity levels low and don’t overwater.
The most important tip of all is to grow a strain with genetics that are naturally high in CBD. The following strains make excellent additions to your garden.
Cannatonic is the mother of most of our current high-CBD cannabis strains and is considered to be responsible for the CBD movement. The breeders at Resin Seeds unveiled Cannatonic at 2008 Spannabis and were shocked when the test results showed dramatically elevated levels of CBD.
Although industrial hemp always contained CBD, this was the first time a cannabis sativa plant contained such high levels. This also happened to be around the same time news reports were coming out with the benefits of CBD. The CBD revolution was born.
Cannatonic went on to receive multiple first-place awards at different Cannabis Cups around the US and has become a mainstay in the breeding world. It is a 50-50 indica-sativa hybrid with a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio. Depending on where you get your seeds, CBD levels can range from 10-19 per cent, while THC levels remain as low as three per cent. It has a piney, peppery flavor and produces a mellow, relaxing high.
It is a short plant that can be grown indoors, outdoors, and in greenhouses, and is ready to harvest in 60-70 days. When grown indoors under ideal conditions, it can produce up to 500 grams per square meter. Outdoors, it can produce 250-400 grams per plant.
ACDC is the offspring of Cannatonic and Cannabis Ruderalis. Its THC levels are almost nonexistent, giving you all the medical benefits of cannabis without the high. This strain is ideal for those needing to treat health conditions while keeping a clear head. It is one of the strongest CBD strains out there, with levels at 20 per cent or more. This sativa-dominant hybrid has a fruity, skunky, earthy aroma, and offers a relaxed buzz. It leaves you feeling euphoric, happy, calm, and helps you focus.
When grown indoors, this plant will reach a height of up to 2.5 feet, flowers in about 65-72 days, and will produce a harvest up to 400 grams per 10 square feet. Outdoors, ACDC will reach a height of up to four feet, the flowering time is about 63-70 days, and it will yield 400-500 grams per 10 square feet.
ACDC can be a little picky and likes a consistent temperature between 68-80°F, so if you’re growing outdoors, you will want to make sure you can harvest before temperatures drop in the fall. Growers report that it is sensitive to overfeeding, so feed at half strength in the vegetative stage and then go to full strength in bloom. It has a medium resistance to mold.
Harlequin is a sativa-dominant hybrid known for its reliable expression of high-CBD and low-THC levels. It generally tests at a 5:2 CBD to THC ratio, with seven to 10 per cent CBD content. It is another strain that treats a variety of conditions without an intoxicating effect, making it perfect for using during work and daytime activities. It will make you feel alert, focused, clear-headed, calm, and creative. It is known for its sweet mango and earthy musk flavors.
Harlequin has a reputation for growing into relatively large plants and producing high yields. Outdoors, it can grow to be eight feet tall and produce up to 600 grams per plant. Indoors, these plants yield up to 700 grams per 10 square feet.
It prefers to grow in temperatures between 72-85°F and likes humidity right around 50 per cent. It is very resistant to pests, disease, and mold. Harlequin produces large colas and should be harvested early before CBD levels start dropping off. To get the highest CBD levels possible, harvest when 80-85 per cent of the pistils have changed color from white to orange and brown.
Hammershark is another award-winning strain from Resin Seeds and took home third place at the 2013 High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. This strain strikes a balance between high CBD levels and high yields. It produces large colas covered in a thick layer of trichomes with a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC.
This indica-dominant hybrid comes from Dieseltonic and Great White Shark. It has a fruity aroma and produces a mellow high, perfect for moments of deep reflection.
This strain has a strong resistance to pests, disease, and mold. When grown indoors, it has a flowering time of nine to 10 weeks and will produce up to 500 grams per 10 square feet. Outdoors, it should reach maturity around October and will produce 250-400 grams per plant.
Harlequin and Jack the Ripper have come together to create Pennywise. More than 70 per cent of plants tested have 12-15 per cent CBD with equal parts THC. This indica-dominant strain treats you to a pleasant and calming body high with mild psychoactive effects.
Its strong analgesic properties provide superior medicinal value. This strain has a coffee-like, peppery flavor with a hint of lemon and bubblegum.
This strain grows well both indoors and outdoors and reaches maturity in 60-67 days. These short plants produce a medium yield and have a strong resistance to mold. Pennywise seeds produce four main phenotypes that vary in bud structure and color, but they all produce the same effects. Some phenotypes produce a beautiful purple color. Indoors, you can expect your plants to yield 300-500 grams per 10 square feet. Outdoors, Pennywise will produce 400-500 grams per plant and will be ready to harvest around mid-October.
If you are interested in the therapeutic benefits of high-CBD cannabis and want to try your hand at growing your own, these five strains will give you an abundance of high-quality medicine to treat what ails you.