The Beginner's Guide to Marijuana

Our mission at Spliffz is to provide the highest quality medication and the most reliable information about cannabis products to our members and community. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you understand everything you need to know about using marijuana. Read on to learn about the benefits and uses of marijuana and to get caught up on the latest methods of partaking.

Why do people use marijuana?

People use marijuana for healing, inspiration, creativity, improved focus, increased energy, and as a social mixer. It’s a natural way to maintain balance and personal wellness and is often used as an alternative to harder drugs and alcohol.

Marijuana as Medicine

Medical marijuana is used to treat stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, migraines, appetite, inflammation, pain, muscle spasms, seizures, nausea, PTSD, and more.

Marijuana for Recreation

Recreational marijuana is used for personal enjoyment. It is known to enhance mood and experiences. Whether reading a book, watching a movie, going to the gym or just laying down to catch some sleep, marijuana is known for making things more enjoyable.

What are the different types of marijuana?

A common misconception is that all marijuana is the same. The truth is, it comes in many different forms, each offering their own advantages and effects.

Indica

This is the type of bud that’s known for its body high. It’s great for mellowing out and relaxing, relieving pain and nausea, and increasing appetite.

Sativa

This type of bud is known for its mood enhancing effects. It’s great for inspiring creativity, improving focus, increasing energy and uplifting the mind.

Hybrid

Hybrids offer a balance between Indica and Sativa giving the best of both experiences. They can be more Indica or more Sativa dominant and provide a ton of variety to the cannabis enthusiast.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBDs offer great medicinal capabilities with little to no mind-altering effects. They’re used to help the body recover and revitalize, to reduce inflammation and to treat chronic pain.

How to consume marijuana

Today there are many ways to consume marijuana. The intensity and duration of the effects can differ with each method so it’s important to choose the one that’s right for your experience level.

Concentrates

Shatter, Wax, Crumble, Resin and Oil are all examples of concentrates. As the name implies, concentrates are strong and not recommended for the beginner cannabis patient.

Drops

Drops are marijuana infused tinctures that can be dropped under your tongue for quick hitting and potent effects. It’s recommended to follow dosing instructions and build up the effects incrementally.

Edibles

We’re not just talking cookies and brownies anymore. Edibles come in a wide variety of delicious products and offer easy to measure dosing options. The effects of these products can take a while to feel since your body must digest them. The effects also last longer than other ways of consuming marijuana. As always, it’s recommended to start with small doses and work your way up as you become comfortable with the product you’re using.

Flowers

These are what most people visualize when thinking of marijuana; the buds, the nugs, the trees. The raw and unprocessed flower can be ground and rolled into a joint or blunt or smoked using a bong, pipe or vaporizer.

Pre-rolls

Pre-rolls are ready to use joints already rolled for you. They’re great for beginners who haven’t mastered their rolling technique or for anyone needing a convenient way to partake that doesn’t require additional tools or equipment (aside from a lighter).

Topicals

Topicals are the ointments, lotions, balms, sprays and patches. They are meant for external using only and typically have no mind-altering effects. The high CBDs in topicals make them a great choice for pain management and for refreshing and revitalizing the body.

Vaporizers

Vaporizers are a discreet and convenient way to consume marijuana. They usually come in pen-shaped devices filled with oil that vaporize the marijuana instead of combusting it. The effects of a vaporizer are felt almost instantly so it is easy to control dosing.

What if I consume too much?

It’s better to dose incrementally when you’re a newcomer to marijuana so you can avoid any bad experiences. If you do consume too much cannabis you should drink some cold water and try to relax; take a nap or watch a movie or something, anything that will occupy your mind will help. Remember, that the effects will pass over time. Next time, take it easy, slow down a bit and you’ll enjoy the experience more.

Is marijuana legal?

The marijuana laws differ from state to state. Some states allow it recreationally, some only medicinally, and some not at all.