If you’re new to cannabis and aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. Some cannabis products are much more beginner-friendly than others. These products are easy to dose and use, and don’t require getting a bunch of equipment. Below, we’re sharing the 6 best types of products for beginners, as well as specific product recommendations within each category.
Before we get into our recommendations, we have an overall tip for beginners: go low and slow. Whichever product you try, take a lower dose than you think you need at first. Then, if you didn’t experience your desired effects, you can slowly increase your dose. Going low and slow is the best way to avoid accidentally overdoing it.
Low-dose edibles are an excellent option for beginner cannabis users. They’re discreet, incredibly easy to use, and even easier to dose. Low-dose edibles generally come in bite size pieces, each of which delivers an exact dose of THC.
If you’re new to edibles, it’s important to understand how they work. Edibles last for longer than other consumption methods, but they also take a while to kick in. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to start experiencing the effects of an edible.
Because edibles take a while to start working, it’s very important not to take more too soon after your first dose. It’s common for beginners to accidentally take far too high of a dose because they thought their first edible did nothing.
So, just remember to take it low and slow, even with low-dose products. Take just one low-dose gummy, then wait at least two hours before you even consider taking another.
Like edibles, tinctures are discreet, easy to use, and quite easy to dose. Use the bottle dropper to measure out your dose, hold it under your tongue for around 20 seconds, then swallow.
Technically, tinctures are cannabis edibles, but know that they can work more quickly than other edibles depending on how you take them. If you just swallow a tincture, it will take longer to kick in, much like other edible products. However, you can also take it sublingually by holding it under your tongue before swallowing it. When taken sublingually, tinctures can take effect in as little as 15 minutes.
If you’re a beginner who likes the idea of smoking marijuana, go for a pre-roll. Pre-rolls are pre-rolled joints that are ready to be smoked right away. You don’t need to do any grinding, sifting, or rolling. Just light and inhale.
If you’re not sure how much to inhale, try taking 2 or 3 puffs to start. After taking each puff, pull the pre-roll away to breathe in a bit of air as well. Hold in your lungs for a few seconds, then release. After taking your first 2 to 3 puffs, put out your joint. Wait around 10 to 15 minutes, which is around how long it takes to feel the effects of smoking or vaping marijuana. At that point, you can take another couple of puffs if desired.
It’s important for beginners to start with a more moderate strain, like the one we recommended above. When you’re new to cannabis, try to avoid ultra high THC strains that are described with words like “potent” or “heavy hitter.” Instead, look for strains that are described as “high CBD,” “moderate,” or “mellow.”
If you’d prefer to vape rather than smoke, go for a disposable vape. Disposable vapes essentially work just like pre-rolls, but without the need to have a lighter. And unlike other vapes, they don’t require any complex set up. Just take a few puffs on your vape and enjoy.
Like with pre-rolls, you want to make sure you choose a more moderate potency for your vape. The Kurvana vape we recommend above is great for beginners, as it has a high CBD to THC ratio. It still has plenty of THC, but the CBD in the blend will help ensure a less intense experience.
If you’re using cannabis for pain relief, consider a topical product. Topical products work directly on the area they’re applied to, providing localized relief. And because they don’t directly enter the bloodstream, they do this without causing psychoactive effects.
CBD products are the perfect starting point for many beginners. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t cause psychoactive effects, so it won’t get you high. It’s a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can allow you to experience some of the other potential benefits of cannabis (like reduced inflammation or better sleep).
Research suggests that CBD can also help ease the potential side effects of THC. So, if you want to experience psychoactive effects while also reducing the risk of adverse effects, THC products that are also high in CBD are an excellent choice.
If you want the benefits of cannabis with little to no psychoactive effects, look for CBD-dominant products with little to no THC. If you want psychoactive effects and a reduced risk of side effects, look for THC products that are also high in CBD.
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If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or burned out, a relaxing night in is just what you need. It’s the perfect way to reset and recharge, so you can feel like the best version of yourself again.
When you need maximum relaxation, supercharge your evening with calming cannabis products. Whether you’re looking for relief from anxiety, pain, or a lack of quality sleep, there’s a product for you. Here are 10 of the best cannabis products for relaxation and rest.
Elevate your night with Kurvana’s Northern Lights vape. Northern Lights is a beloved indica strain known for its euphoric and ultra-soothing effects. Fans of the strain say it melts away stress, anxiety, and pain, leaving behind a relaxed and sleepy feeling. It’s an ideal way to unwind and recharge after a long day.
If you’re looking for stress relief without psychoactive effects, turn to the Releaf CBD tincture. This full-spectrum CBD product is made from just two all-natural ingredients: MCT oil and cannabis oil. While it’s predominantly CBD, this 30:1 tincture also contains a range of terpenes and natural cannabinoids for an added wellness boost. It’s an excellent CBD oil for sleep, stress relief, or general relaxation.
Get a restful night of sleep with Kiva’s Midnight Mint Dark Chocolate. This gourmet cannabis edible features 5 mg of THC and 2 mg of CBN per piece, so this sweet treat will leave you ready to drift off in no time.
Featuring hybrid lineage and a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, this refreshing cannabis-infused beverage is here to help you have a balanced night in. Hoppy Balance creates a well-rounded experience, with calming yet lightly energizing effects. It also offers a balanced and refreshing flavor profile, with a blend of hops and bright citrus.
Drift into a peaceful slumber with these delicious gummies for sleep. These marijuana-infused gummies feature a 1:1:1 ratio of THC, CBD, and CBN. CBN, the sleepiest cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, makes these THC edibles powerfully relaxing. They’re formulated to help you quickly drift off to dreamland and have more restorative sleep.
Soothe stiff or aching muscles with the Releaf Massage Oil. This fast-absorbing topical is designed to reduce tension, inflammation, and pain. Use it on yourself or a loved one and enjoy relaxation, relief, and hydration.
Infused with the beloved Blue Dream cannabis strain, these marijuana edibles offer a hybrid experience. Blue Dream starts with a happy and creative feeling, then settles into a relaxing and mellow effect. Pick up your paint brush and bask in your creative energy, then enjoy a night of quality sleep and sweet dreams.
Get relief with this beloved topical product from Mary’s Medicinals. Designed to deliver potent cannabinoids to targeted areas, this non-psychoactive lotion provides localized relief. It’s formulated to ease acute and chronic pain, which can aid relaxation and promote more restful sleep.
Melt away stress and pain with Verdure’s Honey + Lemon Tincture. This all-natural, gluten free, and vegan tincture is the perfect nightcap when you’re feeling worn down. Featuring 10 mg of THC per ML and an infusion of terpenes, this tincture offers natural pain relief and balanced therapeutic effects.
Sink into the sofa with Passiflora’s Private Reserve OG, a sleepy strain with powerful effects. Private Reserve OG is best for more experienced users, as it packs a potent punch of sedation. One of the best strains for sleep, Private Reserve OG is the perfect companion for experienced medical or recreational users who want a top notch sleep aid.
If you're familiar with cannabis extracts and their use, you have probably heard the terms, "solventless" and "solvent," both of which are used to describe certain cannabis products. In recent years, use of cannabis extracts have surpassed the use of cannabis flower products, which means that more people are trying them every day. If you are interested in using extracts, it's a good idea to understand the lingo and a bit of the science associated with them so you can choose the product that best suits your needs. This guide can help.
To create cannabis concentrates, the plant material is filtered out, leaving behind the active compounds that produce the effects of use. That includes both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The process also removes the terpenes, concentrating them into the finished product. The terpene profile refers to the combination of chemicals that produce the unique scent and flavor of a given cannabis product. No two are quite the same and you can find those that offer up an herby profile, as well as many that have a fruity profile.
The most common way to make a concentrate is to use some type of solvent to dissolve the plant matter, leaving behind the cannabis compounds and terpenes. The trick is to use a solvent that won't destroy the CBD, THC or terpenes. Once it's done its job, the solvent is typically left to evaporate. There are several solvents used to create the various forms of concentrates found in dispensaries.
It might sound like the use of these chemical solvents are something you should avoid. However, this process has been used in the food industry for decades. Provided you buy your concentrates from a licensed and reputable dispensary, you can safely use cannabis products made using a solvent such as those listed above.
There are a variety of options when it comes to choosing solvent-based concentrates. Understanding their properties and uses will help you decide, not only if they're right for you, but which one is the most ideal for your marijuana goals.
Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
This is perhaps the most common extraction method and is done using lab-grade butane. Butane is lauded for its bipolarity, which allows manufacturers to separate the plant matter from the cannabinoid content and the terpenes in an efficient manner. At the same time, the process eliminates any residual butane from lingering in the final product. Examples of this include the following:
Propane Hash Oil (PHO)
This product utilizes propane to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant material. This is done at a higher temperature and lower pressure than the butane method and removes more the residual plant materials, resulting in a high terpene, full-spectrum extract.
Ethanol is the agent that creates intoxication in liquor and is a colorless and flammable liquid that works well as a solvent. It's used for a variety of food preservative and additive purposes. It doesn't have the non-polar properties of butane, but many experts say it's just as effective and helps retain some of the chlorophyll in a cannabis plant, producing products with a pleasant grassy flavor and scent. The main limitation with this extraction process is that it cannot reach a purity of more than 80 percent, so the finished product isn't as full spectrum as others.
Weighing the good with the bad is always an important part of choosing the right cannabis concentrates for you.
Solventless extractions are resin concentrates that are created without the use of chemicals. They are an ideal choice for someone who wants to be sure they aren't getting any residual butane, propane or ethanol in their concentrates. Keep in mind that solventless concentrates are not the same thing as solvent-free products. A solvent-free concentrate is one that has had the solvents used during the manufacturing process removed before sale. A solventless product has no chemicals used at all and is an ideal choice for a medical marijuana user, as well as health-conscious cannabis connoisseurs.
As with solvent-based extracts, there are a wide variety of solventless concentrates to choose from. As the technology for manufacturing this kind of concentrate continues to advance and evolve, you can expect new products in this category to pop up all the time. In the meantime, have a look at your options below.
Also called hashish, hash has been around for centuries and has its origins in India and the Middle East. It's very popular due to its potency and true flavor profile. It's made by identifying and separating the trichomes from the cannabis plant. Originally, this was done by simply massaging the marijuana buds between the fingertips. It's now done using screens, which is an efficient way to capture all of the resinous trichomes from the flower, which is then pressed into bricks, that in turn is used to create other cannabis products, including the following:
Also called water hash or ice-o-lator, bubble hash is a resin that is extracted from the cannabis plant material using ice-cold water and agitation. During ice water extraction, the buds of the plant are stirred, either by hand or with a machine, which causes the trichomes to break off the plant. The water is then poured through a series of mesh bags, with the mesh material becoming finer as the cannabis is poured through. These are often called bubble bags. The quality of the water influences the quality and potency of the final product, with the expectation of total cannabinoids being between 50 and 80 percent.
Using only heat and pressure, rosin results from extracting a full melt oil from the cannabis flowers or hash. This is a new method of creating solvent-free cannabis products and dates to only 2015. It is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to extract resin while keeping as many of the terpenes as possible.
Rosin can be created using many original sources, including kief, bubble hash and flower and works with both fresh and frozen materials. Because the chemical structure of rosin can't be altered, there's no way to make the high-quality products that other methods that are used in the cannabis industry. In other words, the quality of the plant directly correlates to the quality of the rosin.
When you have a resin product, you can process it further by whipping it. The resulting product is called budder and is often used for dabbing due to its texture. The process of creating a budder is a good way to increase the aroma of the starting material. Budder can be found at many dispensaries, but can also be easily made at home by stirring rosin with a spoon to get the desired texture.
Again, before deciding if solventless extracts are right for you, it's important to have a look at the advantages and drawbacks that such products offer.
No matter whether you choose solventless cannabis extracts or the solvent-based variety, safety is of the utmost concern. Only buy your products from licensed dispensaries with proof of their quality and safety compliance. Low-quality concentrates pose health risks, so it's best to be sure you are choosing the safest products on the market. If you have more questions, don't be afraid to talk to your budtender at DC Collective who can guide you to the right concentrate product for your wants and needs.
As they say, there's a first time for everything, including your first visit to a dispensary. Knowing what to expect can make the experience positive and beneficial for you, as a newbie. The cannabis industry continues to grow and expand and there is a long list of potential benefits from using products made from the cannabis plant, both mental and physical.
Being a first-timer in a cannabis retail store can be a bit overwhelming, so going in with at least rudimentary knowledge will help. This cannabis for beginners guide will help you get prepared for your visit, as well as go through some questions you should ask your budtender. Let's get to it.
Before we go any further, let's clarify what a budtender is and what they do. Simply put, this is the person who will serve you when you visit a dispensary and start your cannabis journey. They are there to help you find the strain, concentration, product, etc. that you want and need. With such a huge assortment of cannabis products out there, it is helpful to have someone with relevant knowledge to point you in the right direction.
The budtender job description is varied and each day brings a set of tasks, which include answering your questions about using marijuana, guiding you to the product best suited to you as a beginner and sharing general knowledge about the culture. Finding knowledgeable budtenders will be one of the best things you can do as you learn how to use cannabis and make informed choices about how, when and what products to use.
Now that you know who to seek out for help when you arrive, let's talk about what your first experience might be like.
Being in the right frame of mind is the first and best thing you can do for yourself as a beginner. That means letting go of the stigma that's long been associated with buying cannabis. If you live in a state that has legalized marijuana, it's well within your rights to visit a dispensary and make a purchase. You can be assured that what you're doing is legal in much the same way that visiting a liquor store is legal.
You should have a marijuana goal in mind when you visit a dispensary, even if it is only to further your cannabis education. If it's your first time, you might not know exactly what you want, whether you are going to choose the smokable version, tinctures, edibles, transdermal patches or any of the other huge array of consumption methods and products you'll find at a good dispensary.
While you might not know the precise product, strain or concentration that you want or need, having a goal in mind can help your budtender guide you toward the right product. That might be purely for recreational use, but it could be for pain management, to ease anxiety and stress, to lull you to sleep or to control the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, among many other health issues.
It's also a good idea to have a clear understanding of the rules and regulations surrounding the use and purchase of cannabis in the state where you live. At the federal level, it's not legalized, but many states have legalized marijuana and laws that go with it may vary from place to place.
In general, the laws are very similar to alcohol - you can't have an open container of marijuana in your vehicle, you cannot be publicly high, you can't use in public and you must meet the age restrictions to enter a dispensary and make a purchase. In most cases, this is 21 for recreational use and 18 if you have a medical marijuana card. Cannabis cannot be taken across state lines, either on land or in the air. Double and triple check the regulations so that you know how to legally use marijuana where you live.
You must also have your ID to begin your cannabis journey as a first-time visitor to a licensed dispensary. Any valid dispensary will not let you enter until you've had your ID checked. But don't put it away because your budtender will also check your ID before assisting you with a purchase. The best ID to bring along is your state-issued driver's license. Alternatives can be a passport, military ID or Native American tribe card.
You might be surprised that you should arrive at the cannabis dispensary with cash in hand. Most do not accept credit or debit cards as payment. This is because credit cards are federally mandated and cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. Many dispensaries have an ATM on site but may charge higher rates than your bank's ATM. You can expect to spend anywhere from $30 to $150 on your first visit, depending on what and how much you buy.
When you arrive at the dispensary, your ID will be checked at the door, then you'll be escorted from the waiting room into the dispensary itself, where you can choose your products and pay. You'll have to show your ID again before you pay. You may encounter a line, especially at reputable dispensaries that have awesome budtenders. You will appreciate this when it's your turn and you get the one-on-one attention during a cannabis consultation you need as a cannabis beginner. Don't forget to tip your budtender when you finish your purchase.
Beginners should also arrive at the dispensary with questions for their budtender. That's also true for seasoned users, and listed below are some common questions that you should know the answer to before you make a purchase.
If you're stepping foot into a dispensary for the first time, chances are you're overwhelmed with the sheer number and type of products on display. There's probably a full range of cannabis edibles, hybrid strains, sativa strains, tinctures, concentrates and a whole store full of other amazing cannabis plant products. Chances are you're going to have loads of questions. The following are a good set of queries to get you started.
Whether you're interested in a certain cannabis experience, or you want to treat a health condition, you should not be afraid to ask for your budtender's recommendation. They likely have extensive knowledge about which strains are best for which experiences and can guide you to a choice you'll be happy with.
Whether you're looking for a recreational high or you want to get better sleep at night, your budtender will be familiar with many of the products in the store and can tell you which ones will work best for your wants and needs. This is also a question that a seasoned user can ask when they want to expand their experience..
How Much Do I Need?
This is a great question for first-time cannabis users, but it's also relevant for seasoned or experienced users if using products with different strengths, changing product or trying something new.
Too much can give you a bad experience, no matter if it's your first time or your hundredth time. Too little and you won't receive the effects/benefits you want.
The amount you need will depend on the type of cannabis product you are buying and what your goal is. It's always a good idea to start slow and gradually increase your dose until you find your sweet spot.
You should always let your budtender know if it's your first time. Dispensaries are for everyone and knowing that you're a beginner will help them work through the products that might be right for you. Pay attention so that you can gain valuable insight into what you might want to purchase this time and going forward.
If you've sampled a cannabis product in the past and liked the effects, you can certainly ask for something similar. If you've never tried cannabis before, take note of what you choose so that if you like it, you can ask for it again. This question isn't restricted to newbies. No matter how experienced you are, if you like a specific strain, edible or method of consumption, don't be afraid to ask for something like it.
Many budtenders are also cannabis users, so you can get a lot of great information by asking what products they are excited about. This allows them to showcase new products or items that are new and trending. It also allows for sharing personal experiences, which is a great way to find a product to get started with. It's a good way for seasoned users to find something new to try. Either way, trying a recommendation from your budtender is likely to create a positive experience.
Knowing how to use the product you ultimately choose is very important. A beginner might think that smoking a joint or hitting a bong are the only options but there are lots of methods of consumption, giving you options that don't require smoking. You can use cannabis via edibles, tinctures, topical creams, vapes and tea. No matter which one you choose, ask your budtender the best way to use it to get the most out of the experience.
You should always have a budget in mind when you visit a dispensary. That way you can get a product that works for you without spending more than you want to. If you have a certain amount in mind, ask your budtender to show you products in your price range. You can also ask about deals, sales and discounts, which can save you cash and let you try precisely what you want.
If you're a beginner, maybe you don't want to use your cannabis alone and would rather share the experience with others. If that's the case, you can ask your budtender about products that make a good choice for groups.
Flowers or concentrates tend to be the best choice in this situation, but personal preference and the people you plan to share with also play a role. Don't be afraid to ask this question, even if you have used cannabis before. There's always something new to learn.
Safety is of utmost importance anytime you try something new, marijuana or otherwise. It's smart to ask about the testing the product has been subject to. Some brands don't do third-party testing on their products, though most dispensaries do. This question will help you find a high-quality product that suits your body chemistry and delivers the levels of effects you want.
Strains come and go, so you're always going to find something new at a dispensary. In general, sativa-dominant strains are considered energizing strains, while indica strains are a good choice for relaxation and stress relief. It doesn't stop there because there are multitudes of other strains to choose from. Asking which strains are the most popular helps ensure that you're getting a product that others love.
Now that you know what to expect when you visit a dispensary for the first time, you are ready to take the first step in your marijuana journey. At DC Collective, you will meet expert budtenders and knowledgeable members of the cannabis community so be ready to take their knowledge and expertise and apply it to your choices. And no matter how many times you visit, don't be afraid to ask questions. Your budtender is there to help you have the best cannabis experience possible, each and every time.
Marijuana has been used for centuries for a variety of medical and mental wellness purposes. It also has a long history of being used for recreational reasons. No matter why you use or want to try marijuana, it's best to choose the right product to meet your needs. One such product is cannabis extract in a tincture form. What is a tincture and what can it do for you? This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know.
Herbal tinctures are liquid extracts from a plant, in this case, cannabis, that is often extracted with some type of food-grade alcohol. Tinctures have been used for centuries as a way to take advantage of the varied benefits of herbs. They are generally absorbed rapidly and are easy to use. But, you should know what to expect before you get started so that you can get the most out of the cannabis tincture you choose. A tincture is a great smoke-free alternative and one of the methods of consumption that is gaining in popularity as more states legalize marijuana.
As explained above, a cannabis tincture is made up of the liquid extract from the cannabis plant. The finished tincture may be made of cannabis flowers, fresh leaves or other parts of the plant, which are extracted via high-proof alcohol, such as ethyl alcohol, or some type of glycerin mixture. The glycerin or alcohol works to extract active chemicals such as cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant, resulting in a highly concentrated liquid that contains the same compounds found in the marijuana that some people smoke.
There are several steps in the tincture-making process. It's always best to purchase your products from a licensed and reputable marijuana retailer so that you can take advantage of its medicinal compounds without safety risks.
Just as with other cannabis products, there are several types of tinctures. Understanding their properties and uses ensures that you choose the right one for your needs so that you can take advantage of the health benefits of cannabis without the risk of adverse effects. Some of the most common types of tinctures are listed below.
Cannabis tinctures, much like other cannabis consumption methods, have a certain degree of versatility, which makes them easier to use, as well as making them more accessible to a variety of users. Using them properly ensures the best results, whether you're using them recreationally or for medicinal purposes.
Individual response to a cannabis tincture may vary from another person. For that reason, it may take a bit of trial and error to find the perfect dosage for your needs. Several factors play a role, including your body weight, the potency of the tincture, eating habits, hydration and your tolerance.
In general, it's advised to start small. Use a low dose at first, then build upon it until you find the right amount for your needs. It's a good idea to keep a record of your dosage so that you can see where modifications may be necessary. Use the dropper that's typically provided with any type of herbal tincture so that you can be precise about how much you're using. You'll want to use one to three drops to start, then wait about an hour to determine the effects. From there, you can gradually increase how much you use until you find your sweet spot.
How do you know you've found the magic number? You can get a sense by reading the dosing instructions on the label, which varies based on potency and strain. Many people find success by using a quarter or half the recommended dosage, particularly if you're new to cannabis use.
The delivery method also plays a role. Using the tincture under your tongue will produce results much more quickly and you may need less of the product than if you add it to food or drinks.
Knowing what effects to expect from your dosage is also important when it comes to using cannabis medicine or recreational tinctures. Effects vary based on the person and the cannabinoid profile of the tincture you choose.
If you've read this far, you probably have a pretty good idea of some of the benefits of cannabis tinctures. The wide range of potential perks are why more and more people are using marijuana in its liquid form.
While there are plenty of benefits that go with using tinctures, there are also some potential downsides that you should be aware of. This ensures that you are getting the most out of your product without the risk of adverse reactions.
As mentioned above, you should know the laws about marijuana use in your area so that you can abide by them accordingly. Always purchase your cannabis tinctures from a reputable source that is licensed so that you can be sure you are getting what you pay for. Be sure to follow dosing instructions and keep track so that you can get the right amount for your needs, whether you're using it for fun or health reasons.
Tinctures are versatile and beneficial for many reasons. With their range of delivery methods and long list of potential benefits, many users find relief from their mental and physical health problems. Being sure to get the right dose and combine the use of your tincture with other prescribed treatments, you could find just what you've been looking for. Prioritizing safety and legality will help you get the most out of your tincture.
Visit DC Collective for a whole range of high-quality cannabis products.
While the FDA has not officially approved the use of marijuana as a cure or treatment for any health condition, some research proves it can be beneficial for a list of physical and mental diseases and illnesses. However, this article is intended for information only and you should consult your doctor before using cannabis for any health reason.
With that disclaimer out of the way, it's important to be aware of the common misconceptions and myths that surround the use and benefits of cannabis, whether recreationally or medically. It's not legal on the federal level yet but is legal in some states, so you need to know the laws before you choose to use or not. In the meantime, read through this guide to marijuana myths so that you have the facts straight and can make an informed and educated choice regarding its use.
Before we talk about the myths that surround cannabis, you should be familiar with what it is. Cannabis is actually not just one plant, it's a family of flowering plants and there are more than 100 species with over 100 cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the plant compounds present in cannabis. They bind to cannabinoid receptors in your brain and each of them produces some kind of effect, from hallucinogenic to euphoric to relaxation, and more.
The two main compounds in cannabis are CBD and THC. CBD, or cannabidiol, won't get you high and usually produces feelings of relaxation and calm. It's often used to treat seizures, inflammation and chronic pain, as well as anxiety and stress.
THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the marijuana compound that produces altered perception and the psychoactive effects most commonly associated with cannabis use. It's most often a recreational choice, but also has positive benefits for increasing appetite and treating certain heart rhythm disorders.
On the federal level, marijuana is illegal, though many states have legalized it. With that legalization comes the potential for research. As more studies are conducted on cannabis, it's becoming more widely accepted as a way to treat many mental and health problems.
Keep in mind that CBD on its own is federally legal, making it increasingly available for medicinal purposes. However, despite a fuller understanding of cannabis, there are several misconceptions that people hold onto. Dispelling those myths can help you decide of cannabis use might be right for you.
This is perhaps one of the biggest and most common myths out there. Many people mistakenly believe that cannabis consumption opens the door to using narcotics and other dangerous substances.
A host of research counteracts this claim and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that very few cannabis users go on to experiment with harder drugs. According to medical experts, environment and individual predispositions play a bigger role in the use of narcotics and other drugs and cannabis has very little influence, if any.
Naturally, you understand that your cognitive function is pretty important. Some will tell you that using marijuana can interfere with your IQ score and cognition. This is simply untrue, provided you are an adult using cannabis moderately and responsibly. It is established however, that marijuana use can have a negative impact on the still-developing adolescent brain, particularly when used irresponsibly and heavily. It's best to forgo use until you are legally allowed to use it.
Many people are under the incorrect assumption that marijuana is a highly addictive substance, another myth that pervades the community of non-users. While some individuals may become dependent on cannabis, the risk of addiction is quite low when compared to substance use disorders based on harder substances, such as alcohol, opioids, and nicotine. Very few marijuana users experience withdrawal symptoms, but when they occur, these symptoms are generally much milder than those seen with withdrawal from other recreational substances.
One of the biggest misconceptions about marijuana is that all strains of cannabis plants are the same. This is patently untrue because the composition of chemical compounds differs between strains and knowing the difference can help you choose the right product for your marijuana goals.
Whether you use recreational marijuana for its psychoactive effects or you use medicinal cannabis for its health and therapeutic benefits, it's best to know your options.
In general, sativa strains are great for boosting energy and creativity, while indica strains are better for relaxation and stress relief. Part of being a responsible cannabis user is knowing what strains and cannabis products best suit you.
If your image of marijuana use is the classic lazy stoner sitting with a lit joint in his hand, you have fallen prey to one of the many cannabis myths. While smoking marijuana is one of the easiest ways to achieve the high you're looking for, it's certainly not the only one.
You can also vape, eat edibles, use tinctures and topicals, as well as concentrates. Each product offers a different potency, longevity and onset time, so you have loads of options when it comes to taking advantage of the array of therapeutic benefits, medicinal benefits or simple high offered by cannabis.
Like alcohol and cigarettes, there is a legal age limit required to purchase and use marijuana. While it's accepted that some younger people will find ways to get around this, in general, statistics show that because there's no unrestricted access, there's more control over who can buy and use cannabis.
Many laws in place help control usage, including age limits, packaging, age verification and restrictions on how much can be purchased at one time. This helps cut down on illegal usage and makes cannabis use safer.
Many people fall prey to the cannabis myth that medical marijuana increases teen usage. Federal restrictions are in place for this reason. However, statistics from states that have legalized medical marijuana dispute this idea. Because of restrictions on use, data shows that teen usage has decreased.
When formerly illegal drugs are legalized, many assume that crime rates will increase as a result. However, in states that have legalized marijuana, data indicates no rise in property or violent crimes. That includes states that have legalized cannabis as a recreational drug, as well as those that have legalized it for medical patients. In reality, legalizing marijuana allows police officers and other law enforcement officials to focus on other crimes.
There's a certain degree of stigma that marijuana carries and one of the most prevalent misconceptions is that it has no potential benefits. However, numerous studies have found that many of the compounds found in cannabis plants including THC and CBD, have an array of uses, both for mental and physical conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain relief. It has also been found to provide relief for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.
If you're considering using marijuana for your health, be sure you work with a qualified healthcare provider so you can safely add it to your treatment plan.
While there are quite a few potential benefits of using cannabis, one of the myths about marijuana that is gaining traction is that it's completely safe. While it does come from a plant and isn't filled with the chemicals used to make many illicit drugs, there are still some safety concerns to keep in mind.
All people react differently to cannabis, depending on the strain, the potency and the person's makeup. Beginners may notice more negative effects than seasoned users and misusing the drug in any capacity can lead to negative consequences. For that reason, it's vital to do your research and be well-informed before it becomes part of your routine.
Debunking myths surrounding marijuana and its use is important, particularly in places where it's legal. This helps users understand what to expect and how to choose the product that suits their needs. The use of cannabis is predicted to continue rising, as it has benefits for a broad range of conditions. It's up to you, the consumer, to be educated and knowledgeable so you can use it responsibly.
Finding the perfect gift can be a bit overwhelming. You want something the recipient will love at a price you can afford. If you have a cannabis user in your life, you're in luck, because there are loads of holiday gifts that will put a smile on their face. Stoner gifts come in all shapes, sizes and prices, and this handy cannabis gift guide will give you all of the ideas you could ever want or need.
This delightfully flavored THC cartridge is a thoughtful gift for someone who likes to try new cannabis products and enjoys using a vape to deliver the marijuana. This high-potency cartridge boasts natural flavors and aromas, including melon and mint that provide a delicious vaping experience, leaving the user a lovely high at the same time.
If you know someone who is craving a good night's sleep, these delicious blueberry flavored gummies are the obvious choice. The indica strain used in the product offers the soothing effects one needs to drift to dreamland. At the same time, the addition of chamomile and lavender further induces a night of deep and restful shuteye. Combine these gummies with a warm pair of fuzzy socks for the perfect gift for the cannabis lover in your life.
No one with a sweet tooth will turn down chocolate, especially when they're in the holiday spirit. This gift combines the natural flavors of cacao with a delightful hit of THC. Designed to help you sleep, the mixture of THC and CBN will have you feeling drowsy and ready for bed in no time. Add to that the lovely background taste of mint and it's like having a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream in bed.
Does your guest list include a cannabis connoisseur who wants to feel blissful, relaxed and creative? This birthday cake flavored vape pod will be their favorite gift this year. It has a lovely buttery, nutty cake taste that will uplift and soothe without being too sedating, as it's predominantly an indica strain. Available in .5g or 1g, this is a gift sure to please.
Need a gift that doesn't cost too much, but will still offer the cannabis experience your loved one has on their list this year? These pre-rolled singles are the perfect choice. A mixture of indica and sativa strains, they're great for smoking alone or with friends. You'll get a balanced combination of soothing energy and euphoria and anyone will love getting these joints as a gift.
A tincture is the ideal choice for anyone who loves the effects of cannabis flowers but doesn't want to smoke it. This tincture has a fresh citrus taste and offers and uplifting effect with every dose. The product comes with a dropper for precise measuring and makes it easy to find just the right amount. Make it a happy holiday by gifting this tasty tincture that provides the many benefits of cannabis without the risk that comes with smoking it.
Do you have a friend or family member who is stressed and needs to chill? This spray is among our many premium cannabis products and helps induce sleepiness, as well as promote recovery after a workout or stressful day. It comes packaged with plenty of aesthetic appeal and is small enough to be portable and discreet at the same time. Just a couple squirts and anyone will find the relief they're looking for.
Cannabis culture isn't just about getting high. There are loads of benefits in terms of using marijuana as an alternative medicine to treat a wide variety of mental and physical health conditions. This relief lotion is ideal for all ages and is something that the athlete in your life will get super excited about. The non-greasy, roller application combines CBD and THC with essential oils for a lovely experience and a practical solution to sore muscles.
For anyone who regularly runs out of juice in their cannabis vape pen, this pod battery will be a lifesaver. This compact battery is easy to pack and makes it easy to smoke anytime without worrying about running out of power. No cannabis holiday gift guide would be complete without this ideal power source for always being ready to light up the vape.
If anyone on your gift list enjoys making and smoking joints, this rolling tray will be sure to make them happy. The silver color and compact design is ideal for leaving out on the coffee table, as well as being portable enough to take along on all cannabis adventures. Rolling recreational cannabis is so much easier and fun with a rolling tray like this one.
The cannabis community is filled with people who love to smoke or otherwise use marijuana, but if you know someone who also wants to experiment with growing their own product, these seeds are the perfect starter gift this year. There is an array of strains that can be nurtured in a home cannabis garden, but be sure you adhere to all rules for doing so when you gift these seeds so that no one gets into trouble with the endeavor.
There is such a great variety of options tailored to personal preferences for usage methods. Applying cannabis topically, via creams or lotions, is a good way to infuse your muscles with the product and enjoy a soothing and relaxing effect. This cream is ideal for athletes who spend a lot of time playing their sport, but it's also a fantastic choice for anyone you know who suffers from sore muscles for any reason. It boasts a citrusy scent and the potent effects that sore muscles are crying out for.
When you need an affordable cannabis gift, you can't go wrong with a pre roll. It's great for any stoner in your life and is something they can enjoy alone or the two of you can share as part of your holiday celebration. The indica strain encased in this pre roll produces a lovely soothing effect with a tasty blackberry flavor that anyone is going to love.
Each of these fruity terp chews has 5mg of THC, which promises the recipient an uplifting euphoric effect, combined with a tasty mango and pineapple flavor with each bite. The great thing about gifting a bag of cannabis gummies is that your loved one can enjoy them alone or you can chew them together for a shared blissful experience with a potent punch.
For the rich flavor of a baklava dessert, this pod is the ideal choice to satisfy that wish. The cannabis industry has exploded with new and innovative premium cannabis products and flavors and this pod fits the bill for anyone you know who loves trying them all. The hybrid array of strains contained within promises a blissed-out, but invigorating feel that anyone is going to enjoy this holiday season.
This California-bred sativa strain is a potent mix that promises an enlightening high. If you have a loved one who is after that euphoric and energizing feeling, this shake is the perfect gift option. It features a refreshing sweet blueberry flavor and can be used to roll a joint or smoke a bowl.
No matter which cannabis lover you're shopping for this year, this array of premium cannabis products available at DC Collective offers something for everyone, including the recreational joint smoker and the person who just wants a good night's rest. Any of these gifts on their own is great, but you can also match them with cannabis accessories, a pair of fuzzy socks or Edie Parker glass fruit pipe to make it a present that won't soon be forgotten.
It's no secret that the holiday season brings a lot of stress with it. From your company holiday party to family gatherings to the cooking and wrapping and driving from place to place, your mental health may take a hit, despite the joy of the celebrations.
When that happens, you are likely looking for relief, and cannabidiol (CBD), one of the compounds in marijuana, may be just the thing you've been looking for. But, you shouldn't use it without understanding the product and what it can do to ease your seasonal stress. Use this guide to help you.
Knowing what might lead to symptoms of stress will help you decide when to take your CBD product with you, just in case you need to use it. Being prepared goes a long way toward helping you manage the anxiety that often goes along with preparing for and planning events for the holidays. The following are common stressors that go along with the holiday experience.
If you're struggling with any of these things, your stress levels may be through the roof and you're wondering what you can do to find a sense of calm during the holidays. Fortunately, in addition to the other methods you've tried, using CBD can be a natural remedy that you hadn't thought to try.
CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of many compounds present in the cannabis plant. It is a non-psychoactive compound and won't create the altered perception that is associated with using marijuana. THC is the other most well-known compound associated with marijuana use and is the one that will produce euphoria in users. CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in your brain, which can help ease stress and holiday anxiety.
As cannabis is increasingly legalized in states across the country, research has proven its potential benefits for stress management. As well as being a short-term solution to stress in the moment, CBD has been linked to effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. That's why many people use it during the holidays to control symptoms and produce calm during what is supposed to be a time of joy.
Research studies find that approximately 70 percent of CBD users report satisfaction with the effects, while nearly 80 percent of CBD users find an improvement in anxiety symptoms after two months of use.
Proper use of CBD is the biggest influence on whether it provides the stress relief you're looking for. It's a good idea to discuss use with your doctor before trying it, particularly if you use any prescription or over-the-counter medications for anxiety or any other medical condition. Most people experience relief with a dosage of 300 to 600 milligrams. There are several methods of using CBD, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the precise dosage and delivery technique that works for you.
Oral CBD products, such as oils, capsules and edibles typically produce effects within 30 minutes to 2 hours. This is a viable option when you know stress will rear its ugly head, such as when you're going to a family dinner or preparing for holiday travel. Add it to your personal stash of holiday cookies or sip an infused tea as you get ready to go.
Smoking or vaping CBD tends to produce faster results, making it a great option when you're standing at the mall trying to choose meaningful gifts or your holiday spirits are flagging because your mother-in-law criticized your cooking abilities. Keep in mind that there are laws in most places about public use, so be sure you are adhering to them appropriately.
No matter how you use it, the reason CBD works is because it activates your serotonin receptors and calms the panic reflex. So, when you are on a hectic holiday shopping spree or stuck in the airport with a delayed flight, CBD can help quell the emotional and physical symptoms that go with being anxious. That includes the flight or fight response, as well as shaking, sweating and irritability.
CBD can be a wonderful addition to a holistic approach to your holiday wellness routine. It can help provide the calm you need during the busy holiday schedule to produce a more enjoyable holiday experience. CBD is ideal for individuals who suffer from an anxiety disorder, but can also provide relief for stress that occurs specifically due to the holidays.
In either case, it's best to buy your CBD products from a licensed and reputable source so you can be sure you're getting what you expect. Look for a dealer that has the following qualifications:
There are some potential negative side effects that you should be aware of if you want to try CBD for your holiday stress. While CBD is generally considered safe for most people, it can interfere with certain medications and may be counter-indicated for some health conditions. Consider the following:
Being aware of the downsides of CBD will also help you avoid suffering potential side effects when you're trying to enjoy your company holiday party or you're on your way to see your favorite family members. Watch for the following:
If you experience any of these, stop using CBD and consult your doctor. It could be that you need to modify your dose or choose a different strain or delivery method to get the results you want.
If creating the perfect holiday experience for yourself and your family is making you stressed and anxious, it makes sense that you're seeking out the ideal solution to quell the symptoms and allow you to enjoy a wonderful time with your loved ones.
CBD provides relief for many users, and you could be one of them. Talk to your doctor about using CBD, then do your research to find the product that best suits your needs, whether it's reducing stress due to family drama or trying to manage the jam-packed schedule of holiday season parties and shopping. In any case, you could find that CBD is exactly what you need to add to your wish list this year.
DC Collective has a range of CBD products to treat holiday anxiety. Visit to purchase in-store or arrange for our home delivery service.
Cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow in popularity as research continues to show its wide range of potential benefits. Studies show this cannabinoid has analgesic properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and antioxidant properties. CBD is also a promising treatment for a huge range of conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders, and anxiety.
Whether people are trying it for a specific benefit or for their overall wellness, CBD is booming. But with so many products on the market nowadays, how do you know what’s worth trying?
To help you find a CBD product you love, we’re highlighting 5 amazing CBD products to explore right now.
Product: Cannabis-Infused Hybrid Enhanced Gummies
CBD Ratio: 20:1
Dosage: 20 mg CBD & 1 mg THC per gummy
WYLD’s delicious 20:1 CBD-infused gummies are an excellent choice for everyone from newbies to CBD connoisseurs. These easy-to-dose sweets are made with all natural ingredients, including real fruit, a hybrid terpene blend, and cannabis-derived CBD oil. While it’s CBD-dominant, this is a full-spectrum product that offers additional benefits from its array of terpenes and cannabinoids.
WYLD’s gummies come in a wide range of flavors (all of which have no artificial flavors). So, whenever you feel like switching things up from strawberry, you can choose from their delectable selection of assorted fruit flavors. Their gummy products also come in higher THC ratios for those who prefer stronger effects.
Brand: Papa & Barkley
Product: Releaf Balm
CBD Ratio: 3:1
Dosage: 135 mg CBD & 33 mg THC per container
Papa & Barkley’s award-winning Releaf Balm is wonderful for soothing body pain. Releaf Balm is made with a unique, chemical-free infusion process that preserves the cannabis plant’s full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The Balm also boasts nourishing organic ingredients and essential oils, including eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender.
In addition to being award-winning, the Releaf Balm is a consistent best seller. People love it for its natural formula and powerful pain relief. Customer reviews say it “works wonders” and provides “almost instant relief.”
Brand: Care By Design
Product: Full Spectrum CBD Drops
CBD Ratio: 40:1
Dosage: 480 mg CBD & 12 mg THC per 15 ml bottle
Care By Design’s 40:1 CBD drops are an ideal choice for someone who wants the benefits of full-spectrum CBD oil, with little to no psychoactive effects. The brand describes these drops as “made for all.” They boast high-quality CBD, a curated range of terpenes, and an array of cannabinoids, all suspended in a premium MCT carrier oil.
The blend is specifically designed for those who are new to cannabis, yet still want potent effects from their CBD. It’s a great day or night solution for anxiety, pain, or stress relief, or simply for daily wellness.
Brand: Papa & Barkley
Product: Releaf Capsules
CBD Ratio: 30:1
Dosage: 30 mg CBD & 1 mg THC per capsule
Papa & Barley’s Releaf Capsules are an excellent choice for those who want to try CBD as a natural supplement. They’re an easy way to take a daily dose of CBD for its potential health benefits, such as improved sleep quality and reduced stress levels.
These high quality capsules contain only two simple ingredients: coconut oil and an exact dose of full-spectrum CBD extract. If you’re looking for a whole plant oil product that’s precise and incredibly convenient, look no further.
Product: Premium Quality Cannabis Tincture
CBD Ratio: 20:1
Dosage: 250 mg CBD & 12.5 mg THC per bottle
VETCBD’s Premium Quality Cannabis Tincture is a doctor-formulated blend designed to support your pet’s joint mobility, brain function, GI health, and mood. VETCBD products come with complimentary support from healthcare professionals who can help those who are new to CBD pet products. Each batch also undergoes multiple rounds of third-party testing, so you can feel confident your pet is getting nothing less than the very best.
Looking for even more best-in-class CBD products to try? Visit a DC Collective dispensary near you to explore our full selection. If you’re not sure where to start, ask one of our knowledgeable team members for a personalized recommendation. We’re always here to match you with the perfect product for your needs and experience level.
Could marijuana help you manage your ADHD? The jury is still out on how cannabis as a whole affects ADHD symptoms, but some specific cannabinoids have proved promising in scientific studies. Let’s take a closer look at the current research on how cannabis, CBD, and CBN may affect ADHD.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), previously known as attention deficit disorder (ADD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that comes with a range of symptoms. Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may experience:
People with ADHD are also more likely to have certain mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and certain mood disorders.
ADHD is a chronic condition that requires ongoing treatment. The standard treatment options for ADHD are prescription medications and therapy. Stimulant medications are the most commonly prescribed medications. These work by boosting and regulating dopamine and norepinephrine, two of the body’s neurotransmitters.
Cannabis plants can also affect neurotransmitters–especially dopamine and norepinephrine. This has caused some to wonder if cannabis could serve as an alternative treatment for adult patients with ADHD.
The current research on how cannabis affects ADHD is mixed.
Two notable scientific studies found that many people with ADHD say cannabis helps them manage their symptoms. A 2016 study that reviewed 268 forum threads found that “25% of individual posts indicated that cannabis is therapeutic for ADHD.” Participants in a 2022 study reported that cannabis has beneficial effects on ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity and impulsivity. They also reported a reduction in adverse effects from their prescription drugs for ADHD.
One 2017 study had mixed results, finding that THC boosts dopamine in the short-term, but may dull dopamine release long term. Other studies found a lack of evidence for using cannabis for ADHD. A 2019 study found that cannabis had a similar effect to the study’s placebo, while a 2023 systematic review concluded that there currently isn’t enough evidence to recommend trying cannabis for ADHD due to “lacking” and “inconclusive” research.
Currently, most of the evidence for using whole cannabis flower for ADHD symptoms is anecdotal evidence. Some regular cannabis users say it has positive effects on their ADHD symptoms, but we need more research to understand why.
The research on how CBD affects ADHD is also lacking. However, other CBD research suggests it could be an effective treatment for anxiety, a very common comorbidity for those with ADHD. A significant amount of research suggests CBD could help treat social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety symptoms.
A very promising 2020 study found a surprising link between reduced ADHD symptoms and high doses of cannabinol (CBN). The study found that medical cannabis patients with ADHD who consumed high doses of CBN reduced their ADHD medication intake while simultaneously reporting less severe ADHD symptoms.
More research is needed to fully understand how cannabinoids like CBN interact with ADHD, but this study provided an interesting new avenue to explore. It also underscores the need for more clinical studies that take specific cannabinoid dosages and ratios into account.
While some evidence suggests CBN may help ADHD symptoms, much more research is needed on the topic of cannabinoids and ADHD. The scientific evidence for CBN as an alternative therapy for ADHD is still minimal, while the research on cannabis and CBD has been inconclusive. We simply need more data to determine how cannabinoids may affect ADHD symptoms.
The good news is that there are now more cannabis research studies and clinical trials than ever before. We look forward to seeing what future studies say about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
In the meantime, if you want to try a cannabis product for ADHD, be sure to talk to your doctor before doing so. You should always talk to a medical professional before trying a product, including a natural supplement, for a physical or mental health condition. Your doctor can help ensure the product you’re considering works with your overall treatment plan.
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