A Beginner's Journey Into The World Of Cannabis: How To Start & What To Know

A Beginner's Journey Into The World Of Cannabis: How To Start & What To Know

The Joint CannabisSep 13, '23

Interested in trying cannabis for the first time? 

We’re here to help. This guide will teach you what you need to know—read on! 

Indicas, Sativas, and Hybrids. Oh My!

There are hundreds of different cannabis strains—with names like Green Crack, Girl Scout Cookies, Jack Herer, and more. Users report different effects from basically all of these marijuana strains, which can make it hard to know where to get started. For this reason, we recommend new customers start by understanding the three broadest strains of the cannabis plant: 

  • Sativa strains, which many consumers feel give them a more energizing high
  • Indica strains, which many consumers feel give them a more relaxing high
  • Hybrid strains, which are a mix of Sativas and Indicas

  • A good rule of thumb is to look to Sativas if you want to be active and Indicas if you want to relax. Different consumers experience different effects, however, so this isn’t a hard and fast rule—what’s more, the distinction between Indicas and Sativas seems to be dissolving. 

    THC, CBD, and Dosage

    Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in cannabis—there are hundreds of different cannabinoids, but the most prominent and well-studied two are THC and CBD.

    Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most well-known cannabinoid—it’s responsible for the high you get when you consume cannabis. The high caused by THC can have a wide variety of mental and physical effects, including:

    • Relaxation
    • Euphoria
    • Pain relief
    • Stress reduction
    • Abstract thinking
    • Creative inspiration
    • And more

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid undergoing a lot of study recently. CBD is not known to have any intoxicating effects. Scientific research on CBD is in the early stages, but some consumers have reported a number of positive benefits to CBD intake, including:

    • Pain relief
    • Anxiety relief
    • Stress relief

    Producers will label their products to tell you how much THC and CBD are in them—this is true whether you’re getting edibles, topicals, pre-rolled joints or flower (dried buds from a marijuana plant).

    Our advice to anyone new to cannabis is to start with low doses and low percentages of THC. You can always consume more or increase your dosage—but you can’t consume less. 

    Smokables, Edibles, and More

    You can consume cannabis in all kinds of different ways.

    Smoking is the most traditional way—the three most common ways of smoking are joints, pipes, and bongs. More recently, vaporizers have come onto the scene as an alternative for people who don’t want to smoke but don’t want to use edibles.

    Edibles include drinks and food—sometimes capsules containing THC and CBD are also considered edibles. These generally take much longer to affect consumers than smoking, with many users reporting it can take up to two hours or more for edibles to kick in. The effects of edibles are also usually longer lasting.

    Many users report differences between the high they get from smoking and the one they get from edibles. These are just two of the most popular ways of consuming cannabis—there are many, many more, and we recommend talking to one of our staff members to get a better understanding of which ones might suit you best. 

    Advice for Newbies

    This wouldn’t be much of a beginner’s guide if we didn’t have some advice to give! Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Go slow at first. You can gradually increase the potency and amount you use—but when you’re just starting, choose low-THC products.

  • Try various strains and products. Cannabis comes in many forms, and their effects vary widely depending on both the user and their environment. Experiment—many of our own team members are constantly finding new favourite products. 
  • Enjoy your first few experiences with a cannabis connoisseur: New users may not know what to expect their first time—and that can lead to overdoing it. Find a friend or family member who has consumed cannabis—one whom you enjoy spending time with. They’ll get the movies, music, and snacks to make it an enjoyable experience—and they’ll help you regulate your intake.
  • Know the difference between medical and recreational cannabis: When using medical cannabis, you should follow your doctor’s instructions and report to them about your experiences. The medicinal benefits of cannabis work best when intake is regimented.
  • Conclusion

    Legal cannabis is easy to come by in Canada, but you still need to buy from a trusted supplier. Our Winnipeg cannabis dispensary has been in the business for years. We’ll help you along your cannabis journey, from understanding the different consumption methods to helping you choose the cannabis products that are right for you. Visit us today!