How to Choose the Right Cannabis Products

Now that New Jersey has opened up the doors to its recreational cannabis marketing, more and more people are curious about cannabis products and their benefits.

With this growing acceptance and availability, adult-use dispensaries like ours at Plantabis have a duty to educate customers about how to choose the right cannabis products to achieve their desired effects.

There is so much to consider when making a selection. From brands and product types to strains and cannabinoid ratios, it can get overwhelming very quickly.

That’s why our expert team rounded up some of the most important factors to take into account when choosing the right cannabis products for your needs:

Understand Your Needs and Goals

Before delving into the world of cannabis products, it’s essential to define your goals and preferences. Are you seeking relaxation, pain relief, enhanced creativity, or better sleep? Will you be using this in the comfort of your home, at social gatherings, or at the gym?

Distinguishing between recreational and medicinal use sets the foundation for what type of products you may want to focus on.

Your preferences will help shape which brands and flavors you choose as well. For instance, do you prefer chocolates or gummies? Identifying your needs will help you ask the right questions to your budtender and explore the dispensary with a clearer focus.

It is also important to have realistic expectations. Cannabis affects individuals differently based on a number of factors, so be sure to take specific effect-based recommendations with a grain of salt.

Knowing that you have to do a little trial and error will help you navigate product choices more effectively and ultimately choose the right cannabis products for your needs.

Know the Different Types of Cannabis Products

Cannabis dispensaries in New Jersey encompass a diverse range of products, including flower, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and tinctures. Each type of product offers distinct onset times and durations of effects. 

Knowing the different types of offerings and their unique properties can help you explore a product category more in-depth. For example, flower delivers rapid results when smoked or vaped, while edibles provide a delayed but longer-lasting experience. 

Experimenting with these options allows you to pinpoint which aligns with your preferences and lifestyle. Here’s a quick crash course on the main types of products you’ll come across:

1. Flower (Bud)

The most traditional form of cannabis, flower refers to the dried buds of the plant. It can be smoked (with a joint or pre-roll) or vaporized, delivering a rapid onset of effects. Different strains of cannabis offer a wide range of experiences, from relaxation to creativity.

2. Concentrates

These potent extracts contain high levels of cannabinoids like THC or CBD. Concentrates come in various forms, including wax, shatter, and oil. They are typically consumed through vaporization or dabbing and provide a quick and intense high. Concentrates are typically recommended for more advanced cannabis consumers. 

3. Edibles

Edible cannabis products include a variety of foods and beverages infused with cannabinoids: chocolates, gummies, seltzers, etc. Edibles provide a delayed onset of effects due to the digestion process, but their effects can last longer than other methods. Careful dosing is crucial to avoid overconsumption.

4. Topicals

Cannabis-infused creams, balms, and lotions are designed for localized relief from pain and inflammation. They do not produce a psychoactive high, making them suitable for those seeking therapeutic benefits without any level of impairment.

5. Tinctures

Lastly, tinctures are liquid extracts of cannabis that are often administered sublingually (under the tongue). These products are usually mixed with another type of oil to increase the bioavailability of cannabis, meaning tinctures offer a discreet and fast-acting way to experience the effects of cannabis.

Look at THC and CBD Ratio

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are two of the most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis, and their relative proportions significantly influence the overall experience.

Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, and they are at the heart of the many potential benefits and effects associated with cannabis use.

THC provides the euphoria associated with cannabis, while CBD offers potential therapeutic benefits without the “high.” The balance between THC and CBD in cannabis products plays a crucial role in shaping your experience and therefore in choosing the right cannabis products. 

Finding the right ratio depends on your desired effects—higher CBD for relaxation, higher THC for euphoria—and understanding the entourage effect can enhance your overall experience.

However, these two compounds are just the tip of the iceberg. Cannabis contains over 100 different cannabinoids, each with its unique properties and potential benefits. For example, CBG (cannabigerol) is being studied for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, while CBN (cannabinol) is associated with sedative effects.

Everyone’s sensitivity to cannabinoids varies, and individual responses to different THC:CBD ratios can differ widely. It’s essential to start with lower ratios and gradually adjust until you find the combination that suits you best. This personalized approach ensures that you achieve the desired effects without any overwhelming sensations.

Consider Delivery Methods

With the cannabis industry in New Jersey growing rapidly, there are many different ways to consume cannabis. Some delivery methods might be better suited for you than another, so be sure to consider what’s available before choosing the right cannabis products. 

For example, smoking and vaping provide rapid effects, while edibles and topicals offer a slower onset. Moreover, smoking and vaping can leave odors behind in open spaces and on your clothes which may not be suitable for those who want to be discreet with their consumption.

Some individuals also prefer to avoid smoking, such as those with asthma or sensitive lungs. 

In other words, choosing a delivery method that aligns with your desired experience and lifestyle is pivotal. Whether you’re seeking immediate relief or a sustained effect, the delivery method guides your decision.

Research Strains and Varieties

There are hundreds and thousands of different strains available to you in every product form. You’ll see things like “Birthday Cake” or “Purple Haze” and probably wonder what you’re getting yourself into.

Different strains produce different smells (due to the terpene profile in the plant) and have varying effects. For example, Indica strains tend to induce relaxation, while Sativa strains invigorate, and hybrids combine elements of both. 

We recommend thoroughly researching the strains available and considering whether the potential effects align with your preferences.

Get your cannabis products at Plantabis in central New Jersey

Understanding the differences between recreational and medicinal use, exploring various product types, considering THC/CBD ratios, and experimenting with delivery methods are all essential steps to choosing the right cannabis products. 

Remember to start with a low dosage, research strains, read labels and lab reports, and don’t be afraid to ask your budtenders questions, especially if you are just starting out.

Ultimately, your cannabis experience is going to be unique. An informed and responsible approach allows you to harness the benefits of the plant effectively. At Plantabis New Jersey, our budtenders can guide you to the cannabis products that are right for your individual needs. 

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