When it comes to being a cannabis beginner, the world of weed can sometimes seem a bit hazy. And if you live in California—or any other state that has now legalized marijuana—the chances are fairly high that you’ve at least thought about trying out the plant.
That’s where we come in. Before you decide on which strain you want or choose between that bag of gummies or sleek new vaporizer, let’s go back to the basics of cannabis.
First things first: what is cannabis, exactly? Sure, we all know it’s a plant, but it’s one of the members of the Cannabaceae family of plants and was identified and named by the famous biologist Carl Linnaeus.
The health benefits of marijuana are numerous—pain reliever, anxiety reducer, performance booster, sleep enhancer… and that list can go on and on. These benefits are in large part due to the chemicals at work in cannabis.
Within the plant, there are two main types of active chemicals that have medicinal and recreational capabilities: one that gives you a high, and one that does not—Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD comes without the high, whereas THC supplies it.
When you walk into a dispensary like MedMen, you’ll be presented with numerous options—and that’s the fun part! So here comes the next question: pure CBD, sativa, indica, or a hybrid?
Like we just said: pure CBD comes without the high, but it comes in numerous forms and quantities within products that help with pain relief and so much more. On the THC side, Sativa-oriented products are ideal for garnering that uplifting and more energetic high, whereas indica strains provide a more relaxing effect. Then there are hybrids, which offer a bit of both. They fall in the middle between sativa and indica and bring out some of the each’s best attributes. Regardless of which strain type you choose, it’s important to note that varying levels of CBD will still exist. Because CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC, a greater percentage of CBD will result in a less intense high.
Once you know which strain you’re looking for, there are countless ways you can enjoy it: smoking, vaping, ingesting, or using it as a topical.
Whether you’re looking for a boost in creativity, trying to speed up your recovery time after that hard workout, or just want to relax after a long day at work, MedMen has a cannabis-centric product for you. Come on in and shop our selection—we’re here to help.