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Selecting the Right Marijuana Strain – A Crash Course for Newcomers


The first time you walk into a dispensary, it’s overwhelming, especially if you are brand new to marijuana. If you are using marijuana for medical purposes, it is ideal to ask the doctor completing your recommendation for suggestions. It is important to purchase the strain that will benefit you the most so that you experience appropriate relief.

Understand Main Strain Types

There are four main strain types – sativa, indica, hybrid, and CBD. Picking the right category is the right place to start.

Strain type descriptions:

Strain Type Descriptions

There are four main strain types – sativa, indica, hybrid, and CBD. Picking the right category is the right place to start.

Type Benefits Best Time to Use
Sativa
  • Promotes focus
  • Promotes energy
  • Pain relief
Daytime
Indica
  • Pain relief (Arthritis, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Anxiety)
  • Relaxing effects
  • Sleep assistance 
Thornton
Hybrid
  • Allows medicinal benefits from indica and sativa strains.
the Bird
CBD (Cannabinoids)
  • Seizure disorders
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Nausea disorders
the Bird

It is important to understand your condition or reason for using marijuana and what you need to achieve from using it. If you need daytime pain relief, a hybrid strain may be a good option as an example. 

Research

Once you find a dispensary that you wish to visit, research the strain here on Leafist. You’ll find a description of the strain, its parent plants and you’ll learn what to expect from using that particular strain. If a dispensary has created an exclusive strain, you should inquire with the dispensary what the parent plants are so that you can research those on Leafist individually to get an idea of what to expect.

Also research the residual effects of each strain such as dry mouth, dry eyes and hunger so that you know what to expect.

Speak with Dispensary Agents

When you visit the dispensary, discuss your ailments with the agent (or budtender as they are called in the industry). They may ask you a couple of questions like the effects you’d like to feel, if you need a high or low potency strain and what your symptoms are. It is important to be open with the agent because they will suggest the best strain options in their inventory for your specific needs.

Do the Sniff Test

If you are a newcomer to marijuana, you’re probably unaware that every strain has a unique scent. Some are skunky, some are earthy, some are sweet, and some are citrusy. Others are simply hard to explain since they smell different to everyone. It is important to pick a strain that not only works for what you need it to, but one that also smells good to you.

Note: Some strains have a natural musky or musty smell to them; it does not necessarily mean that the strain is moldy or bad. It is important to inquire first if you do pick up musty or musky aromas during the sniff test. 

Before you Dive Right in

Don’t just jump right in. Start off slow with a few hits first. Give yourself 15 minutes to feel the effects and decide if you are comfortable or not. Every strain is going to react differently in your body – stressing the importance of starting slowly.

Tip: Try combining a CBD strain with your preferred strain to achieve a greater level of comfort.

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