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If you’re a newbie, choosing the right type of weed can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry – we’ve got some tips to guide you through.

I.          Familiarize Yourself with Cannabis Strains

The first thing you need to understand is that cannabis essentially comes in three primary strains – Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.

Indica strains are renowned for their relaxing effects, making them the ideal choice for unwinding after a long day or during a quiet evening at home.

On the other hand, Sativa strains offer an energizing experience. They are known to uplift your mood and stimulate creativity, making them perfect for daytime use or when you need a surge of energy or inspiration.

Hybrids are a combination of both Indica and Sativa strains. They provide a balanced effect, delivering the best of both worlds. The effects can be tailored, making hybrids an excellent choice for those seeking specific experiences or effects.

II.         Identify Your Desired Effect

Cannabis strains don’t just vary in type; they also differ in the effects they produce. Some strains might induce a calming sense of relaxation, while others can enhance your energy levels or ignite your creative spark.

People often come into the dispensary looking to:

  • Minimize body aches
  • Feel calm and centered
  • Stay focused
  • Get more creative
  • Sleep better and so much

Therefore, it’s crucial to identify the effect you desire before selecting a strain with the guidance of a trusted Budtender.

III.         Determine Your Preferred Intensity of Experience

When choosing a cannabis strain, the desired intensity of your experience plays a significant role. This is largely determined by two main compounds in cannabis – THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).

THC is the psychoactive compound that induces the ‘high’ associated with cannabis use. It can stimulate feelings of euphoria, creativity, and altered sensory perception. On the other hand, CBD is non-psychoactive and offers a range of therapeutic benefits, including relief from pain, reduction of anxiety, and improvement of sleep quality.

If you’re interested in experiencing the medicinal benefits of cannabis without a strong psychoactive effect, we recommend opting for strains high in CBD and low in THC. These strains can provide a gentle, calming experience while delivering the health benefits you seek.

However, if you’re looking for a more potent experience with pronounced psychoactive effects, strains high in THC content would be your ideal choice. These strains can deliver a robust ‘high’, stimulating creativity and enhancing sensory experiences.

IV.         Understanding Cannabis Consumption Methods

Cannabis can be consumed in various ways, each offering a unique experience. The mode of consumption you choose can significantly affect the onset, intensity, and duration of the effects.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common methods of cannabis consumption:

  • Smoking: The traditional way of consuming cannabis. It involves lighting the cannabis flower and inhaling the smoke. The effects are immediate but can be harsh on the
  • Vaping: A healthier alternative to smoking, vaping involves heating cannabis to a temperature that releases its active compounds without The vapor is then inhaled.
  • Edibles: These are foods or drinks infused with cannabis. They offer a longer-lasting effect but take longer to kick in compared to inhalation
  • Tinctures: Cannabis-infused liquids that are usually applied under the tongue for rapid They offer a discreet method of consumption and precise dosing.
  • Topicals: Cannabis-infused creams, balms, or oils applied directly to the Ideal for localized relief of pain or inflammation.
  • Capsules: Similar to traditional pills, these provide an oral form of cannabis that offers a controlled dosage method.
  • Dabbing: This method involves vaporizing concentrated cannabis (like wax or oil) on a hot surface and inhaling Dabbing provides a potent and immediate effect but isn’t recommended for beginners due to the high THC content in concentrates.
  • Sublingual Strips: Thin strips infused with cannabis that dissolve under the They provide a fast-acting, discreet method of consumption.

Remember, the method of consumption impacts how quickly and intensely you feel the effects of cannabis. Always choose a method that aligns with your comfort level, desired effects, and personal circumstances.

V.         Quality Check for Cannabis

Selecting high-quality cannabis entails considering multiple factors, from its visual appeal and scent to its texture.

Here’s a guide on how to discern the quality of cannabis:

  • Appearance: Quality cannabis typically boasts a vibrant green The buds should be solid, with no visible gaps. Discoloration or a dull appearance might indicate substandard quality or aged product.
  • Aroma: High-quality cannabis emits a robust, fresh scent. Familiar aromas include fuel-like, earthy, citrusy, or sweet fragrances. If the cannabis smells musty or lacks a potent scent, it may not be of good quality.
  • Texture: Quality cannabis should feel slightly sticky to the touch. It should be properly cured – neither too soft nor so dry that it crumbles to
  • Trichome Color and Count: Another way to assess cannabis quality is by examining its trichome color and count. A profusion of brown, orange, or amber-hued trichomes could suggest that the cannabis is ripe for consumption.
  • Cannabinoid Profile: Review the strain’s cannabinoid profile, particularly the THC and CBD content. User reviews can provide insight into the quality of the strain and its cannabinoid profile.

Remember, finding the right cannabis for you requires some trial and error. As you experiment with different strains and become more familiar with their effects, you’ll gradually identify your preferred strains. Always purchase from reputable dispensaries to ensure you’re getting quality cannabis.

At Diamond Cannabis, we are dedicated to providing only the highest quality products, meticulously monitoring our cannabis for the aforementioned factors.

VI.         Choosing Your Cannabis Source

Selecting a reliable and trustworthy source for your cannabis is vital to ensure that you’re consuming safe, high-quality products.

At Diamond Cannabis, we prioritize our customers’ safety and satisfaction, offering only lab-tested products that comply with all regulatory standards. You can opt to visit us in-store or conveniently shop via our Diamond Cannabis dispensary mobile app.

VII.         Start Slow

If you’re new to cannabis, we strongly recommend starting with small doses. This approach not only minimizes the potential for adverse effects but also allows you to understand how different strains and dosages affect you personally. As you gain more experience and familiarity with cannabis, you can gradually increase your dosage or try out various strains from our extensive selection.


Choosing the perfect cannabis strain does involve some experimentation, but that’s part of the unique journey. We invite you to take your time, explore our diverse range of strains, and savor the process.

Remember, the goal is not solely to achieve a ‘high’, but to relish the experience and unlock the myriad benefits that this remarkable plant has to offer.

A Note on Responsible Consumption

At Diamond Cannabis, we are strong advocates for responsible and legal use of cannabis. As you embark on your cannabis journey with us, we urge you to prioritize safety and responsible consumption. Always abide by the laws of your state and remember to consume responsibly.