A Newbie’s Guide to Cannabis

October 3, 2016

A Newbie’s Guide to Cannabis

If you live in a place like Portland, Oregon (where we call home), cannabis has practically stolen the limelight recently. And whether we’re talking medical or recreational use, it’s a lot of information to take in for someone just starting their journey. This post isn’t intended to be a complete course in cannabis. We could take up dozens of pages talking terpenes, hybrid strains, and the intricate differences between indicas and sativas. This guide, however, is meant to be a primer, an intro into the world of cannabis — whether you’re heading out for the first time or returning after an extended absence. Either way, we welcome you.

What cannabis isn’t

Perhaps just as important as knowing what cannabis is, is understanding what it’s not. Cannabis has often been unfairly maligned throughout its long history. But it isn’t something to be feared. It isn’t dangerous. It’s not an excuse to sit around and be lazy. It isn’t addictive. It isn’t a gateway to harder drugs. And it definitely is not going away anytime soon.

Cannabis basics: indica vs. sativa

While you may have heard the terms, knowing what they mean is half the battle. The two main species of cannabis are cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. Not only do indica and sativa plants look different, their effects differ greatly. The shorter, broad-leafed indica tends to have higher THC to CBD ratios, while the taller, thin-leafed sativa generally has lower ratios. So what do THC and CBD mean? THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is most commonly known as the psychoactive compound found in cannabis flower. Simply put, THC is what gets you high. Cannabidiol, or CBD, on the other hand, is a non-psychoactive compound. Pure CBD strains, though not without their benefits, won’t get you high.

How to use cannabis

Long gone are the simple days of joints and one-hitters. Today cannabis comes in many different forms, such as edibles, tincture you drop under your tongue, and even balms for aching muscles. As researchers continue to discover more benefits of the cannabis plant, science and innovation come together to create different ways of enjoying its healing effects.

Pros and cons of cannabis

Cons: We’ll be honest. Not much takes up the cons column. While CBD strains won’t get you high, THC packs a psychoactive punch, even at lower percentages. You wouldn’t get behind the wheel or operate a forklift while drinking; the same goes for cannabis. Dry eyes and mouth, while a bit irritating, are common. Slight dizziness, minor headaches, and feelings of paranoia often come with the territory as well. The key is finding your limits and consuming in moderation.

Pros: The benefits of using cannabis far outweigh its marginally negative effects. Just to name a few, cannabis brings: relief from aches and pains, feelings of euphoria, less anxiety, heightened creativity, more energy, no next-day hangover, increased productivity, insomnia relief, increased appetite, less stress — the list goes on.
We feel pretty lucky to be spreading the word about the many things this miraculous plant can do. In the end, taking the plunge and trying cannabis for yourself is the first step to enhancing your life. That’s where we come in. Our experienced budtenders are always on hand to help guide you through your cannabis journey. Stop by your nearest Chalice Farms location, and any one of them can answer questions you might have. No pressure. No judgment. We want nothing more than to help you find your chalice and enjoy the many benefits cannabis has to offer!

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