With the opening of medical dispensaries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, You can find many products made from cannabis in smoke stores. These cannabis products like buds, concentrates, edibles, and tinct in solid and liquid forms. This guide will help you explore the different options available in the market.
What’s the Difference Between THC and CBD?
The cannabis plant has numerous cannabinoids that can lead to both physical and psychoactive effects.
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): most well-known cannabinoid, it’s responsible for the mind-altering effects.
- Cannabinoid called Cannabidiol (CBD): doesn’t cause a high and has been proven to offer therapeutic advantages such as reducing pain and inducing relaxation.
CBD products are legal in all 50 states and can be bought in various locations such as specialized stores and gas stations. This is according to federal law.THC products, however, are only available for purchase at medical or legal adult-use dispensaries. Quality may be better when buying CBD products from dispensaries as opposed to gas stations.
If we are in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, looking to purchase cannabis products, this guide can assist you. Please keep in mind that THC is responsible for the high effect, CBD is not.
What’s the Difference Between Cannabis Sativa and indica?
There are three types of which cannabis products are made: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, a hybrid of both.Each one tends to trigger different responses in consumers depending on the strain. In dispensaries, these strains are labeled as Sativa, Indica or Hybrid accordingly:
- Sativa-derived products often lead to an energizing and uplifting sensation in users that can help relieve stress and anxiety while stimulating creativity and focus. They are typically taken during the day-time.
- Indica-derived products tend to deliver calming effects which can help ease pain, alleviate insomnia and increase appetite. Some euphoria is also triggered by this strain. It is often taken at night time for maximum benefit.
- Hybrid cannabis products contain properties from both Sativa and Indica plants, providing a mixture of body and cerebral effects.
While those are generally the standard responses to particular subspecies, some strains can still be energizing even though they are labeled as Indicas, while others may have a mellowing effect despite being labeled as Sativas.
Why do Cannabis Products Have Different Names?
Cannabis plants are divided into three subspecies: sativa, indica or hybrid. Each of these has hundreds of genetic variations known as “strains,” with names like Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, Northern Lights and Wedding Cake.
There are more than 700 different types of cannabis strains. To know how strong a cannabis product is, you can check its THC and CBD percentages. The level of THC is high, it will result in a potent psychoactive experience. In the other words, low levels of THC combined with high levels of CBD will produce more bodily effects and fewer mental effects.
What is Marijuana Flower?
What it is: It’s the most consumed form of cannabis which is also referred to as bud. These compounds give marijuana flower its signature smell and flavor and are responsible for many of its medicinal effects.
How it’s used: Cannabis flower can be consumed by smoking it through pipes, cigarettes, cigar wraps, or vaporizers.
Keep in mind: Different types of cannabis flower vary in potency and price. Premium cannabis flower usually offers high potency due to its larger buds. Smaller buds offer average potency while shake, fine grind, or ground flower refers to broken-down pieces with low to average potency.
What is Marijuana Extract or Concentrate?
What is Extract? Extract is a more potent form of cannabis product created by extracting the cannabinoids from marijuana plants. It usually comes in solid or liquid forms and requires additional gear such as a dab rig, torch, and dabber tool for use. Vape products that contain extract may also be purchased either as disposable cartridges, pods, or all-in-one disposable vapes. Some vape products require the purchase of an accompanying vaporizer device. Cooking with extract can also create edible products.
How to Use Extract: Given its potency, extract is not recommended for those new to consuming cannabis. If you compare cannabis products to alcohol – consuming extract would be like taking a shot of liquor while consuming flowers would be similar to having a beer. Be sure to consult staff at your local dispensary for product suggestions and further information. It is important to use caution when consuming extract as it can be the most expensive form of cannabis.
What is Marijuana Tincture?
Tinctures are oil-based cannabis products that can be taken orally for medicinal and/or recreational effects. They usually contain between 1 mg to 60mg of THC per dose, although some may have higher levels. Dispensaries often indicate the THC content in terms of a percentage, with most tinctures having less than 5% THC per dose.
Tinctures are generally used for relaxation, pain relief, and stress management. To take it, simply place the desired amount under your tongue or spray it into the mouth for it to be absorbed.
What are Marijuana Edibles?
What it is: Cannabis extract-infused products that can be ingested. You can find these food-like products that resemble brownies, cakes, or chocolate in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. However, they don’t always look like traditional real food. Instead, edibles look like medicinal tablets or lozenges.
How it’s used: Taken orally.
Keep in mind: Edible cannabis has some of the highest potency levels available and its effects typically last longer than other forms of cannabis consumption. Start small, with an intake of less than 10mg.