The increasing acceptance of marijuana around the country has led to more users, and also more habitual ones who use marijuana more often and in higher amounts. With the increasing demand, new types of cannabis products seem to be coming out every day. Of these, cannabis cocktails, cannabis bath salts, and CBD lube are just a few.
The cannabis world used to be pretty straightforward, but now, new users might find themselves in decision paralysis when choosing what products to start with. Should you try an edible, or will it make you too high? Should you go with an old-fashioned joint, or will you be missing out on something better if you do?
Not to fear. We broke down the best types of cannabis products for beginners. These products are easy to use and non-smokeable, meaning that you don’t need to be good at smoking a joint in order to enjoy the benefits of these products. Plus, they’re easy to measure, so you don’t need to worry as much about getting higher than you expected when using these products.
Let’s dive in.
When using cannabis, edibles are an excellent place to start. They deliver a concentrated dose of cannabis, but they don’t deliver it too quickly. Depending on several factors, it can take anywhere from a half-hour to a few hours before you feel any effects, although those effects often last several hours.
This comes with one major downside, though. Since the effects take so long, people often find themselves getting impatient and wondering why the edible isn’t working. This prompts them to take an extra dose, which leads them to take too much and, subsequently, get a lot higher than they expected.
The good news is that consuming too much cannabis isn’t dangerous so much as it is unpleasant. Too much marijuana will generally cause paranoia, queasiness, hallucinations, and similar symptoms at worst. It is almost impossible to overdose on cannabis.
THC tinctures are another easy way to consume marijuana. Tinctures are a mix of cannabis and oil. They’re often taken under the tongue.
The effects of tinctures take a little while to set in, but they work way faster than edibles, sometimes taking as little as fifteen minutes. This drastically reduces your chances of taking too much.
Tinctures are a bit less predictable than edibles in terms of their effects, but they are still more predictable than smoking weed. Part of this has to do with administration. Some people mix tinctures with food or a drink, so it acts more like an edible than a tincture.
If you’re more interested in the medical aspects of marijuana, topicals might be for you. THC-infused lotions and creams have carved out their own portion of the market.
The most popular use of topicals is to treat pain or other issues in a specific area of the body. While topicals are great for symptom management, topicals are virtually useless from a recreational standpoint.
Topicals generally won’t get you high, and they’re a great option if you have children around the house. Since topical products don’t look like food, it’s less likely that children will take interest in them.
If you want to use cannabis to decrease pain and skip the psychological effects, topicals are for you.
Ultimately, the goal is to find a cannabis product that makes you feel comfortable and safe using weed for the first time.
For a first-time experience with little risk, start with a low dose of one of these products and work your way up until you feel the desired effects. Then, have fun experimenting as your knowledge of cannabis grows to a “higher” level.