Cannabis Cheat Sheet

Whether you’re a new or an experienced user, there’s a lot more that goes into cannabis than just using it (even though that’s the best part). Let’s break down the aspects of cannabis, ranging from ways to consume to the reasons why cannabis has medical benefits. 

Ways to Consume Cannabis

There are so many ways that you can consume cannabis! If you don’t have a preferred method of consumption, there’s no rush to figuring it out. You can take months to test out all of the fun equipment that is available to you. Trust us, it’s a fun trial process. From bongs to joints, to vapes, to puffcos, there are so many ways to consume. You can check out a more in-depth list of equipment and consumption methods here.

What is THC? What is CBD?

THC and CBD are the two most popular cannabinoids found in cannabis. THC provides the psychoactive feeling of cannabis, while CBD does not, but they both provide health benefits for both physical and mental ailments. These cannabinoids, along with about 100 others, interact with and imitate chemicals naturally found in our bodies. You can find the percentage of THC and CBD on your product packaging and testing labels. You can read more about how cannabinoids interact with the body here.

What are Cannabinoids?

As stated above, THC and CBD are the two most commonly researched cannabinoids, but several others help provide the medicinal benefits of cannabis. There are hundreds of known cannabinoids in the plant. As the years go on and more studies are conducted on the plant, more information on cannabinoids has been released. We’ve highlighted a few of the newly discovered and researched cannabinoids, and you can see why we love each one and what they bring to the table.

What are Terpenes?

If you’ve ever smelled two different strains back-to-back, you may notice vast differences in the smell. One might be more skunky while the other might be fruity. These differences in smells are caused by terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant.  Terpenes aren’t specific to the cannabis plant; common spices like cumin and plants like lavender have the same terpenes found in cannabis. Terpenes provide their medical benefits: plants and spices, along with cannabis, have been used in naturopathic medical practices for years. You can read about some terpenes we’ve highlighted in more depth: Limonene, Myrcene, Linalool, Caryophyllene

How much should I buy?

Several factors will determine how much product you should buy: budget, product type, favorite way to consume, and whether you’re a medical patient or recreational customer. Your budget is the biggest factor in determining how much you can buy. The lower your budget, the less you can purchase, or the lower the quality will be. The product type and your favorite way to consume will also affect how much you should buy. If you’re a fan of concentrates and dabbing, one-two grams could last you a good chunk of time, but high-quality products could become pricey. If prerolls are more your speed, you can get a good bang for your buck and potentially stockpile your products. If you’re a medical patient, then the sky’s the limit with what you can buy. Medical patients in Arizona don’t have too many restrictions on the number of products or types of products they can purchase. In a 14-day period, medical patients can buy up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis products. Unlike medical patients, recreational customers can only buy 1 ounce of cannabis products, and the law limits how much product customers can buy. Recreational customers can only purchase 5 grams of concentrates and 100mg of edibles. In general, the amount you should buy is completely up to you.

Why we don’t care about Indica and Sativa

There’s a decades-long myth about sativa and indica: sativa strains are uplifting and euphoric while indica, aka “in-da-couch” strains, are relaxation and sedating. In reality, the only real difference between the two classifications is the way the plants look pre-harvest. Sativa plants have long and thin leaves, while indica plants have short and bushy leaves. While the stereotypes still hold, remember that plants today are hybrids caused by years of cross-breeding plants. You can read more about the real difference between sativa and indica here.

Now that you have all of this ground-level information, you can keep it on hand at all times. Get ready to show off your cannabis knowledge to your friends and family (it’s a pretty fun thing to brag about). There’s so much more to learn about when it comes to cannabis, so we hope this information will help you as you start your cannabis journey.