10 Things you need to learn about to find the perfect cannabis products

Published Jun 26, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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At one time, most pre-legalization consumers were offered one or two strains at most to choose from, and in most cases, it was nearly impossible to tell if the facts that you were told about the cannabis were true, but we’re living in a whole new world now. These days, you can hit up pretty much any local dispensary, and you’ll find dozens of strains on tap alongside a variety of unique cannabis products, but now that we have so many decisions to make, choosing is getting to be a bit harder than it once was.

You could waste hundreds of dollars searching for the ideal cannabis products and strains if you haven’t decided upon a place to start. It can get confusing and feel like you’re going in circles as you try to remember the names of things that you’ve either had or heard of in the past while viewing a host of brand new things that you’ve simply never seen before. It’s a lot for anyone to take in all at once, but if you start by learning about some of the things on this list, you can rest assured as you’re chances of success will skyrocket.

1. All of the different options

We are used to just smoking pot, but now we can vape it, eat it, drink it, rub it onto ourselves, and more. So, if you want to find the absolute best cannabis product for you, then it is important to learn about all of the different methods on consumption that are used today. That way, you’ll have some idea of what to look and ask for when you do make it to the dispensary.

2. Terpene profile influences

Very few regular cannabis consumers know much about terpenes and a surprising amount of them don’t even know that they exist at all, but they can have a great impact on your overall experience with various products, and each strain produces a slightly different concoction of them, so it’s something that is worth paying attention to. Some cannabis products like distillate, don’t include this incredible element at all, so now is the time to decide if taste and smell are important to you.

3. There are over 3000 documented cannabis strains

There are likely hundreds if not thousands more weed strains than this, but the number of documented ones out there is over 3000 today. That’s a lot of choices, and though it might be nearly impossible to remember them all, the names of strains that are most talked about and sold are the ones that you should familiarize yourself with before you head out cannabis shopping.

4. Some cannabis products will get you high and others won’t

People sometimes look at the cannabis plant as if it has the power to get you high if you touch it the wrong way, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are not activated until heat is introduced to the equation, and many cannabis products contain raw cannabinoids just like this. Without activation, the cannabinoids aren’t going to make you high, so this is an important thing to remember when you’re looking for the best cannabis products for you.

5. The primary cannabinoids

It is essential that every cannabis consumer is aware of the difference between THC and CBD as one will get you high, and one of them won't, but in this case, we're talking about all of the major cannabinoids that may be produced by a plant. CBG is known to offer therapeutic benefits, CBN can make you hungry and sleepy, and CBC has also displayed potential for its anti-inflammatory effects. So, figure out which ones you need, and what you could do without before you dive into a cannabis purchase.

6. Not everyone enjoys their first time

We see actors on the big screen make getting stoned for the first time look like a barrel of laughs, and in many cases that is true, but it is important to know that if you’re shopping for your very first-ever cannabis products, that a lot of people don’t actually enjoy their first time getting high. The same holds true for seasoned cannabis consumers who aren’t used to change, so while you’re looking, if you have a bad experience along the way, know that it can definitely get better from here.

7. Quality testing

If you’re looking for the absolute best cannabis products, then a good place to start is with those that are quality tested for things like contaminants and cannabinoid content. Without this assurance, you could be buying virtually anything at all, including mold or lower quality goods, which could lead to you trying a damaged product and thinking that you dislike it when the reality is that you just got your hands on a bad batch.

8. Edibles labels are rarely as accurate as they claim

If you’re leaning towards edibles as the ideal cannabis product for you, you could be on the right path, as long as that choice is made for the right reasons. If you want precision in your daily dosing, then edibles and smoking simply aren’t going to offer the experience that you seek, and instead, you might want to look into more reliably concentrate options such as oils or tinctures.

9. Containers matter

Very few people think about the wrapping that any product comes in. We’ve sort of trained ourselves to see past it, but it’s an incredibly important part about finding the best cannabis products. For example, a squeezable tube of CBD cream instead of a glass tube or a syringe of honey oil instead of a pud, offer the benefit of easy use with minimal mess, so it is always essential that you pay attention to how cannabis products are packaged before making any decisions.

10. Everything has a shelf life

A visit to a local dispensary can be stress-inducing for some people, which is why so many cannabis enthusiasts like to stock up when the opportunity arises, but the trouble is that if you aren’t buying products often, then some of what you have could go bad. All processed cannabinoids, like those that are found in extracts, begin to break down almost immediately after they’re made, so if you want the ideal cannabis product, then make sure you buy one that will last between visits to the dispensary to restock.

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