These days, most cannabis is specially cultivated to contain high amounts of THC but only minimal amounts of CBD to ensure that it’s super-potent. The good news is, there are strains grown specially for beginners who want more mild effects – although they might be a bit harder to come by.
Back in the 1960s, when smoking cannabis became open for the first time in decades, it was all about free love and peace. In those days, the cannabis use was conducive with a hippy lifestyle that included things like vegetarianism, anti-war protests, and leftist politics. In 2019, however, cannabis is all about extra high THC levels and powerful, potent buds which some would say is a “sign of the times.”
These buds are cultivated in a way that reduces the CBD levels and increases the THC. THC (or tetrahyrdocannabinol) is the compound in cannabis that makes you feel “stoned”, although it does have some medical benefits of its own. It’s also the compound that people often pay big money for. But what about beginners – or perhaps veteran cannabis users – who desire the medicinal and relaxing effects but don’t want to be too high to function?
In the Coffeeshops of Amsterdam, as well as most dispensaries in North America, “beginner strains” feature at the bottom of the menu more and more these days. These strains contain either an equal ratio of THC to CBD or high CBD and almost zero THC. CBD is non-psychoactive which calms mind and body, but doesn’t leave you feeling confused or disoriented. Some beginners who sample stronger cannabis strains for the first time can experience anxiety and paranoia, making the experience wildly unpleasant; that’s where CBD-dominant strains come into their own.
Let’s take a closer look at five of the best cannabis strains for