How to know what cannabis product is right for you

Shane Fame Alexander
How to know what cannabis product is right for you

There are many factors that affect your first experience with weed.

Everybody wants their first trip to go well and be certain that what they are experiencing goes along with what they had anticipated. There are ways of accomplishing this. That old adage of always knowing what you’re putting into your body, right?  Understanding what goes into your hopefully high experience will give you solace that what you’re intaking is safe, natural, and won’t damage you (too much). 

Pay attention, and take notes. There might be a quiz at the end. 

(Spoiler: Yes, there will be.) 

Terpenes from cannabis: what are they and what do they do?

You’ve smelled it. That unmistakable gym sock stank that is musky, skunky, and pungent; most people can smell it before they even see it. That’ll be terpenes. Aromatic substances give many flowers and herbs their distinct scents. They also give cannabis its flavour.  Terpenes' effects seem to go beyond stress reduction and feel-good advantages. Up until recently, attention was almost exclusively drawn to the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, but as our knowledge of terpenes deepens, it is becoming clear that these aromatic compounds are also potent medical agents.

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Understand ratios

As you peruse cannabis stores’ online or physical shelves, you'll notice ratios. Do not approach this as your maths homework from tenth grade. These ratios will help in life.

Without getting too teacher-like, a product's CBD to THC ratio means, simply, how much CBD to THC it contains. If you’re not looking for a high, you’ll be looking for a dominant CBD level. 20:1, 18:1, and 15:1 are the most popular ratios for pro-CBD levels. The most typical CBD-to-THC ratio is equal parts of both compounds. If you’re looking to use it to manage pain and inflammation, an even ratio is what you’ll be seeking out.

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For a doozy doze.

Check CBN. Cannabinol has been the subject of sleep-related scientific research since the 1970s. THC that has aged produces the compound. THC turns into CBN when exposed to oxygen and light over time. Although it's a more difficult process, you can also use chemical processes to convert CBD, hemp's prized fighter, into CBN. For sleep, CBN is much more effective than CBD. It has been explained that when it comes to calming properties, CBD is not as calming as CBN. 

For more energy, check CBG.

If you’re a smoke-to-stay-hype during-the-day kind of user, say hello to the bad guy, CBG. A non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s found in hemp plants is cannabigerol. That’s CBG. Just like its chilled-out cousin, CBD, CBG has a number of health benefits and can give you a lift while in parallel trying to manoeuvre down King Street like you’re the frog in the Frogger video game. Unlike King Street, CBG may be good for your mental health. In a study, CBG exhibited signs of antidepressant activity. A different study found that CBG increased the brain's dopamine levels, which can help with mood-enhancing effects. If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders, CBG is where it’s at.

(Kindling) Quiz time!

If you’re still not too certain, try finding your ideal match by taking our quiz. The Kindling Quiz will help you sort those jumbled thoughts into one, nicely packed, tight joint by understanding how you would prefer to consume cannabis, the vibe you would want to attain, or simply if you know how to roll (don’t worry, I don’t know how either.) 

Take the quiz here.

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