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Tips for choosing the right cannabis strains

What will a novice pot smoker do if s/he is in the mood for a trip to a Canadian weed shop with the express objective of procuring some weed for a weekend bash? The sheer number of options can indeed make the task of choosing the right cannabis strains for beginners a complicated and mind-boggling one. Before you find yourself in a similar situation, you need to read this post and learn about a few tips for selecting the right weed strain for you.

Tips for choosing the right marijuana strains for beginners

Tips for choosing the right marijuana strains for beginners

Broadly speaking there are two main kinds of cannabis strains- sativa and indica. While sativa strains have an energizing effect, indica strains are known for their relaxing and sleep inducing properties. Needless to say that there are a host of hybrid strains that are basically a mix of both indica and sativa and offer the effects of both.

Do a little research

Before you decide to give pot your first shot make sure to do a little research about the kind of weed you want to go for. Every cannabis strain produces a different effect on your body and mind. While some weed strains are good for productivity, others help you sleep, while others will stimulate your appetite or your sex drive. This is why you need to figure out the effect you are looking for before stepping into your local cannabis store.

Understand your tolerance

Before choosing the right cannabis strains for beginners, it is important to take your personal experience with cannabis into consideration. The first question you need to ask yourself is how familiar are you with weed? If you are a rookie user, then ideally you should go for strains that come with low THC and high CBD. This way you’d get the euphoric feeling without the slightest trace of anxiety or paranoia. However, if you are an experienced user, then feel free to experiment with new strains available in the dispensary.

Consider the smell and the taste

For those of you who are planning to smoke up the weed, you need to be on the lookout for a strain that comes with an appealing smell and taste. Each strain gives off a different smell- some are minty, some are earthy, while some are fruity or citric. Therefore you need to determine which aroma is perfect for you before settling on the right cannabis strain.

Determine the availability of the particular strain

It needs to be said that not every strain you look up on the internet will be readily available in your local weed dispensary in Canada. However, no matter which part of the country you’re in, you’ll surely find a few strains which are popular in your area. Therefore, it’s always wise to check out which strains are available in your locality and then make an informed decision. It’s always best to consume locally produced strains since they are always fresher than the imported ones.

Examine your strain

Once you’re in the dispensary, make sure to examine the strain closely. One of the basic rules of potent weed is the visible white crystalline layer of trichome covering the bud- so ensure that your strain has one.

Ask your bud-tender for help

If you still cannot make up your mind then the bud-tender at your local weed shop will surely come to your rescue. Feel free to talk about the kind of high or effects you are after and leave the rest for your bud-tender to decide.

Best cannabis strains for beginners:

Here’s a list of cannabis strain which every newbie pot smoker which try out:


This sativa dominant strain comes with a low concentration of THC and is known to produce pleasant psychotropic effects. The sweet and earthy flavour along with the mood-elevating capacity of this strain will never leave you disappointed.


For a more stoning experience go for Pennywise, an indica dominant strain with a more or less balanced CBD, THC ratio. A hybrid of Harlequin and Jack the Ripper, Pennywise gives you a discernible high although its high CBD content will keep your high on the mellow side. It will make you mildly euphoric and increase your focus and lucidity.

Jack Herer

One of the most popular strains both among connoisseurs as well as weed newbies, Jack Herer comes with a rather high percentage of THC (around 25%). However, not all THC dominant strains induce anxiety or paranoia and Jack Herer is definitely not one of those. Even first-time smokers can handle this strain very well and most of them reported that it produces a creative, tranquil, lucid and pleasantly cerebral high.


Cinex is a slightly sativa dominant strain that comes with a THC percentage of 22%. Known for its citrus aroma, Cinex also features a white coat of trichomes on the bid. It gives you an energy boost thus making it perfect for day time users and first-time users. The creative cerebral buzz is much favoured by artists, musicians and writers.

Blue Dream

A powerful hybrid of Haze and Blueberry, Blue Dream aka Azure Haze is a strain that will give you a mellow cerebral high without making you sleepy or paranoid. The euphoria it produces along with its refreshing taste of mixed berries is going to be a blissful experience for new users.

Before heading to your local weed store just keep in mind that you need to start with a strain that is low on THC. If you want an exhilarating experience then remember the golden rule- begin low and go slow. Moreover, try not to smoke your joint at once…ideally just go for a single drag and see how you feel before taking the second one. If you are using an edible then start real low! Never consume more than 5-8 mg of edible on your first try. Lastly, keep in mind that CBD is your friend which will always counter the anxiety-inducing effects of THC. As we’ve already mentioned before, start with a strain that comes with a decent amount of CBD for an unforgettable experience.


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