As states in the U.S. and nations are looking to legalize cannabis, laws vary widely. Over half of the U.S. has legalized marijuana for medical use. Here are some tips and useful information when getting started with the consumption of cannabis.

Indica vs Sativa vs Hybrid

Cannabis plants are divided into two major types: Indica and Sativa. Each strain has a range of effects on the mind and body, which results in a broad range of medicinal benefits. Sativa strains are prone to providing an experience that is more energizing. Indica, on the other hand, tends toward providing an experience with a sense of deep relaxation in the body. Hybrids attempt to collect the best of both worlds, to varying degrees of success.


Cannabidiol or CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC are the primary cannabinoids occurring naturally in the cannabis plant. Each of these substances interacts with the cannabinoid receptors that are found in the human brain and body, but they differ quite dramatically in their effects. CBD is a non-psychoactive; it will not get the user high. It appears more frequently than does THC in natural and dietary supplements. THC is the main psychoactive component in cannabis. Its effects include relaxation, altered senses, hunger, fatigue, and reduced aggression. Research shows that THC is helpful regarding Multiple sclerosis, lessening the tremors of spinal injury, chronic pain, inflammation, digestive health, and nausea and vomiting. CBD can help with these and more: pain, epilepsy, acne, depression, diabetes, anxiety, and heart disease, amongst many others.

Delivery Type

If you are already a smoker, smoking the flower may come most naturally to you, either in joints or eventually blunts, with pipes, vaporizers, or with water pipes or bongs. Smoking or inhalation is the prevalent means of consuming cannabis on the market today. It is also the quickest way to introduce THC to the system. Eating is a little less precise than smoking when it comes to achieving the desired effect with the desired amount. Users can make their own cannabutter and do some cooking or baking and experiment. It is easy to eat too much and then be startled by the powerful effects.

General Tips

Start low and go slow; for example, oil takes 90 minutes to reach full effect and you shouldn’t add more until it has been two hours so you know how it will affect you. When you first try cannabis, do it with people that you know and trust; anxiety is sometimes a side effect, and that can be exacerbated with strange people or surroundings. Remember safety: do not drive impaired.

Many myths surround cannabis use from its long years on the wrong side of the law. Some are true, others are exaggerated, and others are blatantly false. The latter includes the rumor that it is safer to drive on marijuana than it is on alcohol. Your reaction times are slowed, making this untrue. Be safe, enjoy the medical benefits, and have fun when starting out with cannabis.

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