Whether you’re a reefer rookie looking to ease into cannabis culture, or an old-school stoner looking to branch out of your weed rut, there’s a lot of product information out there to sift through. And figuring out an optimal dose and delivery is definitely not something you want to do via trial and error. So, what’s a bud-curious person to do? Fear not – CottonMouth to the rescue! Here, then, is our 3-step roadmap to a state of bliss: Note: no two brains are wired exactly alike, so the following considerations are just meant as general guidelines to help you get started.
When people talk about strains, they’re usually referring to the two main types of cannabis plants: sativa and Indica. Most people associate head high with sativa and Indica with a body high. Is there any hardcore science to back this up? Not as of yet. But generally speaking, if you want an energized cerebral rush, look for products made with sativa and if you’re look to chill and decompress after a long day, think Indica.
If you’re looking for a quick fix, inhalation methods such as smoking, and vaping will hit you almost immediately. But the effects don’t last as long as ingestion methods. A few puffs on a big fat cone, for example, could last anywhere from one to three hours. The same goes for vaping.
Edibles, on the other hand, can take a long time to kick in, anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours. So, patience is the name of the game. People often make the mistake of going back for seconds because they don’t feel anything, which leads to overconsumption (also known and “couch locked”). The upshot with edibles is they can last four to six hours. So, if you’re in it for the long haul, a space cake may be the way to go.
Tincture offers some nice middle ground. A few drops under the tongue will get you buzzed quicker than an edible but slower than an inhalation.
The two main cannabinoids are THC and CBD. Why is it important you know the ratio of your product? That depends on what is motivating you. If getting high is not your main intention, you want something with more CBD, which is said to offer relief from several ailments including pain, anxiety and depression. In terms of stimulating appetite, THC does all the heavy lifting there. But CBD has been found to relieve nausea, so it does help increase appetites indirectly.
If you’re looking for herb’s holy grail– that sweet, sweet euphoric feeling, THC is the component that will get you there. It will also give you the munchies, so if you’re counting calories, consider yourself warned. If you want the best of both worlds, your best bet is a 1:1 ratio.