Getting started with cannabis can be overwhelming as you set out to choose the products that are right for you. This guide from Sarie Scott, LGPC, CCE of Leafy Lifestyle gives you a great place to start:
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In this guide, we’ll take you through a comprehensive 4-step process to help you make informed decisions and maximize the benefits of your cannabis experience.
The first step in your cannabis journey is to determine the ingestion method that suits your preferences and needs. Whether you prefer smoking, vaping, edibles, or tinctures, understanding the dosing process is key. Consider adopting a dose-laying approach, where you use different methods for varied effects, such as a morning dose for sustained relief and a quick-onset method for immediate results.
Certification of Analysis (COA) is your window into the quality and safety of the cannabis product. While all labs may not test for the same things, common elements include cannabinoid potency, terpene profile, and tests for contaminants like bacteria, fungi, mold, pesticides, heavy metals, and residual solvents. Look for the QR code on the product packaging to access detailed COA data, ensuring transparency and trust in your chosen product.
Understanding the source and cultivation methods of your cannabis is vital. Ask questions about how and where it was grown, whether it was grown organically or in a controlled environment. Ethical considerations regarding the growers can also impact your decision. Pay attention to potency numbers for flower, as they provide insights into the THC content per gram, aiding in proper dosing.
Even after following the first three steps diligently, the effectiveness of cannabis can vary for each individual due to differences in the endocannabinoid system. To fine-tune your experience, consider using the app “Tetragram“, a digital cannabis tracking journal. You can document various strains, dosages, and the effects they have, making it easier to pinpoint what works best for you.
Disclaimer: Please note, while I am a mental health counselor and certified cannabis educator, I am not a doctor. Always consult with a medical professional before making any decisions related to cannabis use. Choosing the right cannabis product involves a combination of science, personal preferences, and a willingness to explore. By following this 4-step guide and incorporating tools like the “Tetragram” app, you empower yourself to make informed decisions, ensuring a positive and tailored cannabis experience. Remember, patience is key; finding the perfect match for your needs may take time, but the journey is well worth the effort. Happy exploring!