2024-04-17

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Choosing the Right Cannabis Product

Whether you are new to legal cannabis or have been using it medicinally for years, there is a chance you have never tried cannabis as a consumer. You might have heard of varying strains and types of products but do not know where to start, or maybe you are experienced but only with concentrates or edibles. Whatever it is, we got you! Let us help you choose your next product wisely.

In this post we will cover common options as well as their pros and cons so you are prepared when it is time to choose.

Cannabis has several different strains and products, each with its own benefits.

Know what kind of cannabis product you want to use before buying. Thinking about using cannabis for pain relief, or sleep? Look for a strain that will check those boxes—without inducing other, unwanted side effects.

Looking to improve appetite or mood? Look for strains that contain CBD oil over THC.

Concentrates, or waxes or butters, are made from cannabis buds. They are not legal in all states, but they are still technically marijuana products with potential for a stronger high than the flower because of their potency. They are smoked, vaped, or eaten—the latter being the most common.

Concentrates are infused with THC and other cannabinoids, so be aware about what you choose for pain relief, sleep, and appetite.

Edibles are made from cannabis extract and are smoked, vaped, or eaten. These products can be a great way to get the benefits of THC and CBD without having to smoke or vape your weed. You can take edibles on an empty stomach, too, if you do not want to feel high for longer than necessary.

Oil is made from cannabis buds that have been pressed to remove the THC and other cannabinoids. The oil, that may be referred to as “shatter” or “wax” can be used for cooking, skin care and medicinal purposes.

Topicals are infused with a small amount of active ingredients or have been made into salves, lotions, and balms. Topicals are absorbed through the porous skin, therefore they likely to have strong effects. For those new to cannabis use or prefer not to smoke it, topicals can aid with treating chronic pain or other conditions related to cancer and anxiety disorders. Topicals may also reduce inflammation associated with diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

Knowing the different strains and their effects can help you make an informed decision about which product is right for your needs. If something does not work well with your body chemistry, that could be signal there are other options available that would better suit you.

Shopping for cannabis products has potential to be lots of fun. It all depends on what your specific needs are, but we hope this article has given you some ideas about what might work best for you.

Images: cottonbro studio, Kindel Media

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