After years of cannabis being as illegal as could be, it is now being legalized in state after state. As a result, legal dispensaries are popping up, selling to both medical and recreational users. Visiting a cannabis dispensary, where you can not only buy marijuana but can have your choice of dozens of strains, can be really exciting. But then it comes down to actually making the choice — which strain is right for you? Here are some tips to help you pick the best strain for your needs.
Consider how you want to feel.
Ask yourself what you're expecting to get out of your cannabis experience. Do you want to feel as relaxed as possible, with all of your stress simply melted away? If that is the case, smoking an indica is probably the right choice for you. Do you want to feel energized, creative, and euphoric? Then a sativa strain may be ideal. If you want a combination of these feelings, then you will want to try a hybrid. Narrowing down how you want to feel will help you cut your options in third from the get-go.
Do some research before you go.
The budtender at your dispensary should have a lot of knowledge and can help you choose a strain. Also, the dispensary probably has some printed materials on each strain. But expecting to read all of this information, talk to the budtender, and pick the perfect strain all within a 20-minute dispensary visit is a bit ambitious. Do a little research before you go so that you at least have a short list of five or 10 strains you are interested in. Then, you can read more or talk to the budtender just about those strains, simplifying the process.
Be aware of the THC level.
The dispensary should provide information about the THC level in each strain. Make sure you take this into account and choose a strain with a level that is compatible with your experience. For instance, if you are new to marijuana in general, you do not want to start off with a strain that contains 24% THC. A lower-THC strain with about 10% would be better, since you won't get so stoned from one or two hits. As you gain more experience, you may find that you want a higher THC strain, but this should not be your starting point if you want to have a good time.