Top 10 Cannabis Strains For Beginner Smokers
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Top 10 Cannabis Strains For Beginner Smokers

4 min
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Be it intense bursts of creativity or helping alleviate stress and anxiety after a long day at work, cannabis can be highly beneficial. For those new to marijuana, finding the best strain needn't be a tall order with our 10 essential picks.

For some, getting started in the world of cannabis can be daunting. If you are an inexperienced or novice smoker, the strength of many popular strains can knock you for six. Furthermore, not knowing your CBD from your THC can cause first-timers to stare blankly at strain descriptions. Honestly though, with cannabis becoming more widely accepted, there has never been a better time to try.

With almost any recreational activity, there are always associated “risks”. Cannabis is no exception, although its risks are easily counteracted with research and understanding. Risks like a “bad trip”, feelings of nausea, paranoia, and "greening out" are all more prevalent in smokers with a low tolerance. That is why starting small, or in this case, starting with a low-THC concentration, is integral for building up your resilience.

Knowing Your Cannabinoids

That strength we mentioned earlier, the one that can glue you to the couch for the afternoon, is the result of the cannabinoid THC. THC is the main driving force behind the high that users experience, a result of its psychoactive properties. To that end, it makes sense to pick strains that have a lower concentration of THC, leaning more towards the second cannabinoid we will discuss, CBD. CBD helps to soften the effects of THC, while still promoting a feeling of well-being—a reaction that is referred to as the entourage effect. CBD does not have any psychoactive properties.

1. Deep Mandarin By Sweet Seeds


The first of our CBD-rich strains comes bursting with citrus undertones, giving a sweet blood orange-like aroma. Starting off right, the CBD:THC ratio is an impressive 1:1–1:3, with THC levels as low as 8%. Deep Mandarin is an ideal beginner strain choice due to its CBD-dominant cannabinoid profile. The combination of low THC and intense citrus flavour make her an excellent all-rounder. Not only will the high be mild, but the taste and aroma will delight.

2. Compassion By Dutch Passion


The high from Compassion is focussed more on the cerebral side, rather than the devastating punch some indica-dominant strains offer. That is not to say a relaxing body buzz shouldn’t be expected, but it will soothe rather than glue you to the couch. With similar ratios of CBD:THC as the aforementioned Deep Mandarin, first-time users can expect THC levels to be between 6–8%. Easily smoked throughout the day, the user won't have to fear having their productivity hampered.

3. Bubblelicious By Nirvana Seeds


Who doesn't like the taste of bubblegum? On the contrary, it is safe to say that a lot of people may find the taste of some cannabis strains to be earthy and bitter. Bubblelicious fills this middle ground. Delivering moderate levels of THC, first-time users needn’t worry about coughing and spluttering when taking that first toke. The aroma of this strain has been likened to pink bubble gum, adding to the ease of smoking. Expect a mild, all-over body buzz.

4. Cannatonic By Resin Seeds


Cannatonic adopts a balanced approach with an even 50/50 split of indica and sativa. The parentage of the strain, featuring MK Ultra and G13 Haze, is accountable for this even split. While the names might not mean much to a first-time user, the subsequent outcome is a high that is moderate in nature, affecting both the mind and body. The CBD:THC ratio sits at a desirable 1:1, which continues the trend of CBD-rich strains for new recreational and medicinal users alike.

5. Royal Highness By Royal Queen Seeds


The last candidate on our list of CBD-rich strains, Royal Highness, is by no means a slouch. With a similar ratio of CBD:THC, she differs by offering stronger levels of both cannabinoids. While THC might sit at a potent 14%, it is matched by an almost equally strong concentration of CBD, roughly 12%. An ideal choice for those that have tried cannabis a few times, but still haven't found that strain to settle on.

Progressing To A Stronger Strain

The aforementioned strains all have something in common—either a high concentration of CBD or a balanced ratio to THC. They all provide a high that is defined either by soothing relaxation or cerebral stimulation. If, after trying several of the strains mentioned, you feel like venturing onto something stronger in THC content, then the next five strains could be just what you are looking for. The key is to pace yourself when smoking, at least in the beginning.

6. Blue Dream By Humboldt Seeds


Don’t be intimidated by our first contender. A whopping 18% THC might seem like a bridge too far, especially when compared to the more balanced strains listed above. However, Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant strain, meaning the body buzz is minimal, delivering more of a head high. Just perfect for creatives who want some inspiration from the cosmos without being confined to the sofa for an afternoon. Sweet and lemony tones complement the smoking experience.

7. Kalashnikova By Greenhouse Seeds


Given the name, it will come as no surprise that this particular strain features some legendary heritage. A combination of AK-47 and White Widow makes this a strain with an incredible reputation. Both strains are enjoyed separately by many, not to mention when combined. THC content is not interstellar though, so the heritage shouldn’t intimidate you. Anticipate around 15% THC—this time, however, indica takes dominance. For that reason, Kalashnikova makes a fantastic choice for relaxing in front of a box-set for the afternoon, locked in blissful relaxation.

8. Sticky Beast Auto By Zamnesia Seeds


A masterful combination of three different strains, each bringing their own unique characteristics to the table. We are already well-versed on Bubble Gum, providing that sweet, desirable taste. The OG Kush delivers the indica characteristics, while Critical Auto makes this strain alluring for growers. For those looking to enjoy her for the THC locked inside, expect to be pleasantly surprised. As we have alluded to, the taste and aroma are very similar to Bubblelicious, but comes with a stronger high and higher levels of THC to boot. Be sure to check out our Sticky Beast Auto Smoke Report to get a better idea of what you can expect from the experience!

9. Sin Tra Bajo By Barney’S Farm


Just because strains have stronger levels of THC doesn’t mean they need to sacrifice CBD content. In fact, even strains with as much as 15% THC can still be matched by a similarly high level of CBD—a point Sin Tra Bajo looks to prove. An all-over body high, like being embraced by a warm, calming blanket, is the outcome of smoking this effortless variety. Perfect for battling nervous or anxious feelings without completely losing yourself in the psychedelic universe.

10. White Strawberry Skunk By Strain Hunters


It is rare for any strain to be such a good all-rounder. Some strains will sacrifice taste and aroma for quality of effects and vice versa. White Strawberry proves that you can experience the best of both worlds. It boasts initially fruity flavours, similar to strawberries and cream, with earthy skunk undertones. Expect a 50/50 split of sativa/indica, causing the high to start with your body, before moving slowly to your head.

The Best Ways To Enjoy Cannabis

You’ve absorbed all of the knowledge needed, and have made a shortlist of your most desirable strains. Now comes the easy part, enjoying them. The only caveat—how to enjoy them. Smoking is just one of the ways our beautiful marijuana can be appreciated. Typically, your options fall into a few camps: smoking, vaping, or edibles.

Smoking is the most common method. The effects of your chosen strain will be felt quickly—sometimes immediately, with the high typically lasting up to a few hours for new users. Vaping removes the combustion factor, making it a healthier option than smoking. Be aware though, the high from vaping is often described as different from that of smoking, namely stronger and with a faster onset.

Are Edibles Good For Beginners?

Are Edibles Good For Beginners?

Yes and no; consuming will bypass the act of smoking, something first-time users might want to avoid. However, edibles induce a much more potent and long-lasting high than most other methods. Usually, the high will not kick in until roughly 40 minutes to one hour or more after ingesting. Then, and this is the most critical factor to consider, edibles can be much stronger because of the way the body absorbs the cannabis. Don’t be fooled into thinking nothing has happened when you consumed some, trust us, that high is coming.


Written by: Luke
Luke is a part-time writer and full-time visionary. An anonymous psychonaut blending into society with his suit and tie, he works to bring evidence-based rationality to the masses.

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