New to Marijuana? See the Best Strains for First-Time Users.

Getting started with marijuana can be exciting and a little overwhelming.

At Apothecary 420 our goal is to help users of all levels find the best CBD and THC cannabis strains for their medicinal or recreational needs.

Apothecary 420 carries a wide selection of CBD and THC strains for cannabis users of all levels and needs – and we’re conveniently located on Dickens Street in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles.

Whether you’re a first-time user or you have a pretty low-tolerance when it comes to cannabis, there are certain strains that will make your experience all the better and help you avoid side effects like anxiety or paranoia that can arise from using a stronger strain before you’re ready.

To start, look for a strain that has a low THC level and a high CBD. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in marijuana flowers, but the two have very different effects on how they interact with the endocannabinoid system. CBD’s tend to create a more euphoric effect and THC produces the “high” feeling.

There are 3 variations of cannabis strains:

Sativa strains like Harlequin and Blue Dream

Indica strains like Aliens on Moonshine and Pennywise

Hybrid strains like Sour Tsunami and ACDC

Strains that have high-CBD have more relaxing and medicinal components, while strains that have high THC can lead to anxiety for the unexperienced user.

Flowers with high levels of CBD use the non-psychoactive component of marijuana, so you’re less likely to have an experience that causes fear or panic.

After you become comfortable with strains high in CBD, you can ease yourself into strains that are THC-dominant. Hybrids like Blue Dream, Chernobyl, and Permafrost, indicia’s like Plushberry, and sativa strains like Jack Herer and Maui Wowie are great places to start for beginners looking for something with a little more kick.

Strains with medium-high THC compounds have greater psychoactive effects, which produce a more intense feeling.

Of course, how you consume cannabis plays a role in its effects. Smoking cannabis allows you to better control the dose and the high typically lasting for 20-30 minutes.

Smoking can be a little harsh for newbies and leave you with a minor burning sensation after inhaling the smoke.

If you like the idea of smoking cannabis, vaporizing is easier on your throat and will allow you to smoke on a case by case basis, rather than feeling obligated to finish a packed bowl. We’d recommend vaping for first-time users to ease you into the smoking process.

If you’d like to avoid smoking cannabis all together, edibles are another option for consuming marijuana. Just be aware that edibles have more intense and longer-lasting effects, and can take an hour or more to kick in. If you’re a first-time user or a beginner, start with 5 mg and work your way up to a standard 10-20 mg dose.

Always ask your Apothecary 420 budtender about the strain and its THC and CBD properties. They’ll have recommendations for beginners or lightweight users and can guide you through the cannabis consumption process.