Is it your first time hearing the words “cannabis edibles” or are you just about to start getting reacquainted with them again? Maybe you’d be a pro at it or not, regardless, those labels in wonky terms and dizzying numbers could feel a bit overwhelming.
We know knowing a bit about edibles gives much comfort when it’s time to face that dispensary counter. Not that you need to worry, budtenders are a great help when it comes to guiding you on your purchasing decisions.
We know one article is not enough to cover all information that there is about edibles. So we’re taking down one essential topic that we feel is a good knowledge to start off – the best strains to try for edible beginners.
Edibles for Beginners: The Best Strains to Try
Blue Dream is a Sativa-dominant hybrid. This strain contains a wide range of terpenes that offset the “high” effects of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol (the main psychoactive compound in cannabis).
Because of its pleasant and not-so-overwhelming effects, Blue Dream when infused with edibles proved to be an approachable strain for beginners. Others like that it eases stress, anxiety, and depression (whether a consequence of a placebo effect or not).
Cannatonic is a strain specifically bred for the perfect CBD-THC balanced ratio (2:1). It’s a perfect edible for those who want a mild high but want to indulge in the therapeutic support of CBD.
Edibles that feature Cannatonic’s flavor profile will find it to exude an herbal, peppery smell and taste.
Harlequin is another CBD-rich strain that is slightly euphoric compared to Cannatonic. Again, this strain is high in CBD and low in THC which makes it great for those who are wary about edibles.
Many like taking harlequin-laced edibles during the daytime because of their slightly uplifting effects.
Northern Lights (NL)
Northern Lights is a classic example of a strain best enjoyed at nighttime for it induces sleep for most of its edible consumers. There is an above-average amount of THC in NL. This is a strain for first-timers who want a glimpse of what a high THC:CBD ratio does in the form of an edible.
Jack Herer is a classic strain well-loved by both newbies and veteran users. A cross between three classic strains, Jack Herer-infused edibles is a good entry point for energizing strains. As expected, some of the effects of JH can be summarized as uplifting, euphoric, and energizing.
Hindu Kush is another Indica strain, with sleepiness as one of its main potential effects. Although compared to its indica strain counterparts, there are reports in which users find Hindu Kush to be more on the uplifting and euphoric side.
Expects edibles infused with Hindu Kush to exude a citrusy and peppery flavor profile.
Granddaddy Purple is another Indica, this time a strain that resulted from a cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. Known for its grape and berry aroma, Granddaddy Purple is a fusion of relaxing and euphoric effects.
Orange Bud contains a moderate amount of THC profile just enough to encourage moments of creativity. Orange Bud is popular among newbies as reports of its stress- and anxiety-busting effects are well-reported.
📌Take Note! Not all products only indicate the type of strain used to create the edible. Others, if not all, also include the main cannabinoids present in the edibles. Take this product from Kush Burst as an example.
Aside from stating the type of strain used (Watermelon Blast), Kush Burst also lets the consumer know that it primarily features “delta-8” as the primary cannabinoid-infused in the gummies.
Experts tell us that to better gauge how an edible will affect us, it’s best to rely on the ratio of the individual concentration level of cannabinoids rather than knowing what strains were used in the formulation of edibles.
For your information, cannabinoids are phyto compounds present in all cannabis strains (in different ratios and concentration levels unique for each strain). Cannabinoids like THC, CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), and more have individual effects that when combined might also alter the overall effects of cannabis on its user.
Know more about your way around strains by reading “Sativa vs Indica vs Hybrid: Which Type Is For Me?”
What Kind of Edibles are Best for Beginners?
Cannabis edibles have evolved from being a simple pot brownie passed to private parties to a full-blown Willy Wonka cross-over served in artsy cafes and dispensaries. Cool. Because there are a lot of “types” out there, is there a certain edible that suits beginners best?
There isn’t one type of edible that’s considered specifically ideal for a beginner. You may try everything but one needs to understand that not all cannabis edibles are created equal. For example, there are two types of edibles – the sublingual type and gastrointestinal.
Sublingual edibles are extremely fast-acting edibles that you place under your tongue or suck on until all the contents are gone. The cannabinoids that melted from the edible are then absorbed by your bloodstream through the blood vessels under your tongue and the insides of your mouth.
Gastrointestinal edibles, on the other hand, are edibles that you chew and swallow. With this type of edible, the effect comes much later because it takes a while before the edibles are completely digested before your small intestines absorb the cannabinoids. With gastrointestinal edibles, it’s important to be patient. You don’t want to overdo your dose by eating another edible just because you’re not feeling anything after 15 minutes.
Also, typically, beginners should start with the least intimidating edibles in terms of dosage. We’ll get to dosing as you progress through this reading.
Having said that, choose what you think is the best type of edible in terms of what you “can handle” presently and what you think you will actually enjoy.