Best Cannabis Strains for Beginners

October 11, 2022

The legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use that started a few years ago - and actively continues to this day - made it a lot more accessible. Moreover, it made the idea of enjoying cannabis every once in a while (or more often, if you like) more socially acceptable. More and more people, including celebrities, admit that they smoke weed, either occasionally or regularly.


Now, it's pretty obvious that no one is born a smoker - they all had to start somewhere. And, let's be honest, first times usually suck. It is also applicable to cannabis - many people have a bad first experience, that has to do with the paranoid side effects of THC. However, what they don't realize is that there's an easy way of minimizing such unpleasant feelings - that is, finding the right cannabis strain.

So, what are the best cannabis strains for beginners? Well, that's what we're about to find out. So, keep on reading if you want to learn more!

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Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid

Before we dive into particular strains, we should establish one thing - that is, the difference between Sativa and Indica - two main categories used by the cannabis industry to organize and simplify the effect each strain has on the person consuming it.

While Indica strains usually make the user feel relaxed and calm, the Sativa strains have the opposite effect - they make the person energetic and awake. Apart from that, you can also find a hybrid - a combination between Sativa and Indica.

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As experts from Green Bud Guru explain, Harlequin is a Sativa-dominant cannabis strain, that is a descendant of four other strains - Nepali Indica, Colombian Gold, and Thai and Swiss landraces.

What makes it ideal for new users? The low THC and high CBD levels - CBD can help with the paranoid effects of THC. Many people use it as a remedy for anxiety, pain, and depression - especially during the day.

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Blue Dream

Blue Dream is another hybrid strain, in which Sativa dominates - it is a cross between two champion strains, precisely Super Silver Haze and Blueberry.

This strain is loved by both beginners and experienced smokers for many reasons, including its pleasant taste and balanced Sativa effect. Blue Dream usually contains a wide range of terpenes, which may explain why the effects of THC are not as overwhelming.

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Northern Lights

Northern Lights is an Indica-dominant strain, descending from the Afghani strain. It has been used as a building block for several other cannabis strains, mainly due to its stability. It is said that there are nine different original versions of Northern Lights.

Although this strain usually has high THC levels, some variations contain CBD and balance out the THC. Due to its sleepy effects, Northern Lights is frequently enjoyed in the evening or night. In regards to its taste, the strain is noted for its peppery, herbal, and citrus flavor profile.

Side note: Northern Lights has been crossed with many other strains, in order to shorten the growth time and improve the plants' vigor, meaning that it is also one of the perfect strains for beginner growers.

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Cannatonic is an excellent choice for those who would rather avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, but want to take advantage of some of its pain relief properties. Usually, the amount of CBD is two times higher than the amount of THC. Cannatonic is a cross between G13 Haze and MK Ultra.

Just like other cannabis strains rich in CBD, Cannatonic is useful when it comes to dealing with pain, anxiety, depression, muscle spasm, and in some cases also migraines. When it comes to its taste, it is often said to have a herbal, pepper, and pine flavor profile.

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Jack Herer

This strain is a cross of three classic ones - Haze, Shiva Skunk, and Northern Lights #5. Although it can be quite potent, it acts as a good entry point for other energizing Sativa strains - that is, if that's the effect you are after. It is said that due to its uplifting and euphoric effects, Jack Herer can be useful for those suffering from stress, fatigue, ADHD, and depression.

In terms of taste, the strain is said to have a fruity, peppery, and herbal flavor profile, although there are some variations that also have a strong lemon flavor.

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Granddaddy Purple

This is another Indica-dominant strain, a cross between Big Bud and Purple Urkle. As the name might suggest, the flowers are purple. Granddaddy Purple is often used for appetite loss, muscle spasms, stress, nausea, and pain - it involves a fusion of physically relaxing and euphoric effects. When it comes to taste, grapes and berry are detectable.

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The Bottom Line

Not everyone has a pleasant first encounter with cannabis - and that's completely normal. THC, which is the active component of marijuana, aside from giving you the 'high,' can also cause you to be anxious and paranoid.

Will everyone have a bad first experience? No, of course not. Is there a way to avoid that happening to you? Yes, there is, and it's called choosing the right cannabis strain. You will be surprised at how much the strain choice can change. 

We hope that after reading this article, you have an idea about which cannabis strains would be the best choice for you if you want to smoke weed, but have no clue where to start. Good luck, and enjoy!