Commonly referred to as marijuana, weed or pot, cannabis is, by Wikipedia’s definition, an herbal flower indigenous to central Asia and India. It has 483 identifiable chemical constituents, yet just over 20% of these cannabinoids have been successfully isolated. Increased research will be possible as cannabis becomes legal across America and the world, resulting in more discoveries that will help people’s day-to-day lives.
A 2015 article from Time explains a study predicting 18 states would legally allow recreational cannabis use by 2020. Eight states will be actively selling recreational weed as of 2018, and medical marijuana in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and Guam. Now you’ve made the decision to find what cannabis can offer you as an individual, there are 3 questions every first-time buyer must be willing to ask of their seller.
Which cannabis strain is best for your needs?
No individual person has identical needs, and it goes further than distinguishing medical or recreational cannabis use. The two key cannabis plants, also known as strains, are sativa and indica, producing cannabinoid chemicals with various types of mental and physical effects. The two most notable chemicals are the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical research is rapidly trying to understand, but found to have numerous profound positive medical effects. Hybrids, a combination of the sativa and indica strains, are unique based on the grow company a dispensary buys cannabis from. The strain and THC/CBD ratio are the key traits of all cannabis and its effects.
What cannabis forms are available?
Cannabis can be enjoyed in its natural flower form, but with legality comes commercial forms of ingestion. Some of the varieties are edibles, topicals, concentrates, and tinctures. For those who would rather not smoke may find edibles, drinks, or tinctures a better fit. Smoking is considered one of the quickest ways to feel the effects of THC, but some edibles are known to have longer-lasting effects on some individuals. Choosing your cannabis form is all about how long you want to feel the effects and how long you’re comfortable waiting to feel the effects begin.
How much is the product with tax?
As each U.S. state legalizes medical or recreational cannabis, a slew of legislative changes can take years to implement, including tax decisions. Although Oregon, for example, is upfront about where the taxes go, municipality tax rates range from 17-21%, so only plan on buying $80 worth of product for every $100 you can spend. Oregon offers a good model of how these taxes are redistributed in areas like education and law enforcement, proving cannabis regulation can positively impact every citizen.