With the federal legalization of cannabis that happened just one year ago, came a large wave of new cannabis users. According to statistics Canada, the industry is already bringing in 5.9 billion dollars annually, and is projected to continue to rise.
If you are someone new to the cannabis game the thought of trying it may seem, understandably, overwhelming. By this point, the number of products on the market is enormous and the plethora of ways to ingest your Mary-Jane is even more vast. So how can us newbies figure out where to start, and how much MJ to to consume?
For any lower tolerance consumers out there who have given cannabis a try in the past but were maybe met with a bad trip, the prospect of getting back on that stinky horse can be a terrifying thought. Some people are so shaken by those experiences that they banish cannabis from their lives altogether. This type of reaction tends to be a product of feeling ultra paranoid, or experiencing intense feelings of anxiety after ingestion due to the side effects of THC. Luckily though, there are ways to get around this uncomfortable feeling, while still reaping all the benefits of our favourite plant. This unfavourable outcome truly doesn’t need to be a reality for every new or low-tolerance consumer. If you stick to strains with a higher CBD content and a lower THC content you will end up with a much different experience than the vice versa. Unlike THC, CBD is actually a non-intoxicating compound. It is responsible for many of the positive effects of cannabis such as pain relief and relaxation.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of excellent user friendly strains with lower THC levels that are sure to keep your anxiety low and your giggles high.
Wedding Cake, sometimes known as Pink Cookies, is a strain that leans on some very popular genetics to yield a balanced high and a dynamic taste. It is a cross between sour hybrid Cherry Pie and the universally appealing Girl Scout Cookies. And although its flavor may vary depending on the phenotype, Wedding Cake doesn’t exactly taste like any traditional nuptial dessert most have ever tasted — instead, its profile is mostly sour and tangy with just a hint of creaminess. Increasingly popular for its well-rounded effects, Wedding Cake has both recreational and medical applications.
Romulan, named after the alien Star Trek race, is a powerful indica revered for its potent therapeutic qualities. Romulan lends itself to intense cerebral effects. Squat, pine-scented plants produce dense, frosty buds that have found their following among connoisseurs in the Pacific Northwest. A deep, sedating relaxation makes Romulan a favorite strain for patients treating muscle spasms and nerve damage. Many hybridized variations of Romulan exist, but nearly all can promise a full body calm.
Four Star General from Fire Bros. is an indica-dominant cannabis strain that brings together genetics from two hybrids. Its buds are a vibrant show of purple and green calyxes wrapped in red-orange hairs, all shrouded by a sparkling coat of frosty resin. Sweet and earthy with sour notes, Four Star General’s effects weigh down the mind with serene, dreamy euphoria.
Death Bubba, bred by Matteo Suleyman of Vancouver BC’s Sea To Sky is a beautiful, purple-hued strain with trichromes and terpenes abound. Created by crossing Death Star and Bubba Kush, this pungent pairing reeks of grass and skunk while the smoke is sweet, earthy, and clean on the palate. Its semi-sedative effects lock the consumer to the couch, unknotting tension and soothing minor physical discomfort with ease. This stinky BC native has been serving cannabis enthusiasts since 2012.
Pink Bubba is a mostly indica strain that is said to combine genetics from Bubba Kush and Pink Kush. Earthy pine flavors lead the way with slight floral highlights that bring out this strain’s sweet notes. Perhaps best saved for evening use, Pink Bubba delivers a body-melting blast of physical relaxation alongside dreamy euphoria.
So if you are out there contemplating whether or not to take the cannabis plunge, we say take it. But be sure to use one of these strains to ease yourself in for a guaranteed enjoyable experience. Check out here for some great hybrid options