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Just like with smoking, some entry-level users tend to ‘dip their toes in the water’ with cannabinoids that are a little less invasive and non-psychoactive. Here's a collection of the best product categories to get you started.
Canna-curiosity might be the new trendy movement that we’ve been expecting. Although many years in the making, comfortably simmering and brewing in the back of stoners’ minds, it feels like the world needs cannabis now more than ever.
With the world seemingly in turmoil, many people (including yours truly) are looking for ways that might help us ‘roll with the tide’ a little more smoothly.
This doesn’t mean getting blazed every single time you touch a joint to escape from reality, it just means that sometimes you do need an escape, and what better way to do so than with cannabis.
If you classify in this ‘curious’ label, then you’ll agree with me that starting in cannabis can be pretty complicated. The insane amount of products available, the rolling (which I’m only beginning to master I might add), and the never-ending feeling that you might be doing something illegal without even knowing it.
Safe to say, it’s difficult to know where to start. But fear not, the Herb team has your back and we’re here to help.
A few entry-level products are perhaps the best way to get you started. We don’t know if you’re a smoker or not, but nowadays many people shy away from smoking so we’re just going to keep it smoke-free for once.
Also, THC was once the only thing we knew and thought there was to know about cannabis. In today’s day and age, that interpretation couldn’t be more wrong.
Just like with smoking, some entry-level users tend to ‘dip their toes in the water’ with cannabinoids that are a little less invasive and non-psychoactive.
Okay, so there is a little bit of THC involved in this one, but it’s just the right amount for it to be enjoyable. Plus, these gummies from Cornbread Hemp are also packed with CBD, minor cannabinoids, and terpenes so that the experience will be both delicious and comforting.
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Brand: Cornbread Hemp
This brand honors Kentucky’s century-old hemp growing tradition by producing the finest, industry-first USDA certified organic hemp-extracted products on the market. They use a flower-only extraction method to craft genuine full-spectrum products that offer the ultimate experience.
Product Recommendation: Organic CBD + THC Berry Gummies
Get ready to experience the full potential of cannabis and the entourage effect. The berry-flavored treats are an excellent way to dip your toes in the world of THC. Their light dose of 2 mg of THC per piece offers a mild buzz that won’t overwhelm you. Instead, thanks to the presence of CBD and other natural hemp components, the effects are delightful.
Some people call Delta 8 light weed. It’s a great alternative for those who want to dip their toes in the world of psychoactive cannabis but want a milder experience. Softgels are great because they are correctly dosed and easy to take if you don’t want to smoke.
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Brand: Cannabis Life
The Delta 8 industry is full of brands. Unfortunately, very few of them are reliable. If you’re a newbie in the cannabis world, the best thing to do is locate a trustworthy brand that does test its products like Cannabis Life.
Product Recommendation: Delta 8 Softgels
If you want to try how it feels to use Delta 8, but you don’t want to smoke, this is the best option. Softgels are easy to ingest, leave no odor, and all capsules have a precise dose.
That way, you know how much you are taking. And, it lets you have control over the dosage if you plan on using it with frequency.
For instance, each capsule of Cannabis Life D8 has a moderated dosage of 10 mg of the cannabinoid.
I know I know, I said smoke-free. But there was no way I could write an article without even mentioning cannabis flower, let alone one of the best buds I’ve had the pleasure of tasting. Plus, this Sour G CBG flower bud will give you an idea of all the alternatives you have.
Brand: Herb & Botany Farms
Botany Farms makes remarkably high-quality cannabis flower buds that will not get you high. Getting high is an art, but not getting high and making it enjoyable is another form of the same art that stands to hurdle through more challenging obstacles. That’s why we paired with them to create this awesome product that’s guaranteed to be the best CBG flower out there.
Product Recommendation: Sour G CBG
CBG is a non-psychoactive (need I say rare?) cannabinoid and Sour G CBG Flower by Herb and Botany Farms put it all together into a perfectly bulbous bud with enticingly frosty white crystals. A non-psychoactive Sativa flower bud that you can use in many different applications, not only smoking.
One of my favorite drinks in the world is tea. Not that this should matter to you at all, but the reason why should. It makes me feel healthy and just overall comfortable. For a person that can’t take large amounts of caffeine after 5 pm, tea has been a lifesaver.
Imagine when I found out that Kikoko was making a deliciously cannabis-infused tea with a caffeine content that I can tolerate well.
Kikoko is an all-women run California brand that produces a variety of cannabis teas. Their organic teas are made for specific real-life situations like sex, sleep, mood, and pain relief. As they put it themselves, and we must agree, Kikoko Teas are perfect for the uninitiated consumer that is looking for a low-dose method of enjoying cannabis
I said a ‘low-dose method’ and then hit you with the strongest THC blend from Kikoko. But at the end of the day, it is just tea and I’ve found that this specific ratio is not overwhelming at all. Not even for a newbie consumer.
With a 2:1 ratio between THC and CBD. Each bag of cannabis-infused tea contains 10mg of THC and 5mg of CBD and an uplifting blend of peppermint, green tea, spearmint, licorice root, lemon myrtle, lemongrass, and safflower petals. The mood-boosting effect of this tea can take up to an hour to kick in and then will last you for a few more. The perfect blend for a day when you expect adventures, laughter, and fun.
Topicals are non-psychoactive regardless of their THC content unless they’re transdermal topicals, but that’s a whole different story. The sort of topical we’re talking about here is meant to moisturize the skin, reduce muscle inflammation, and help you cope with muscle soreness… among other things.
The point is that cannabis-infused topicals are non-invasive and don’t get you ‘high’. The particular product we’ll be discussing today is CBD based, so unwanted intoxication is 100% out of the question.
Brand: Goat Grass
Goat Grass CBD is focused on providing an experience, without forgetting about the quality, of course. Creating a path for those looking to become a better version of themselves through all-natural, healthy, Cannabidiol, and hemp-based products can be a titanic challenge, but Goat Grass handles it like pros.
Product: CBD Moisturizing Lotion – Spa Scent
A non-greasy CBD moisturizing lotion that can be applied directly on the skin. Goat Grass lotion comes in a foam bottle dosed with 1,000mg of CBD developed all right here in the U.S. The combination of essential oils in its formula allows it to assess a wide range of issues like acne, rashes, muscle & joint pain relief.
With the precipitous growth of CBD and cannabis products in general, there has been one product that has been increasingly marketed and distributed; sublingual drops. The interest in this product is due to a variety of reasons among which stand out the low number of production processes involved (when compared to other products) and the convenience of use on the consumer side.
Sublingual products also offer the quickest onset available after smoking and vaping, without having to use your lungs at all. Not only that but because drops are absorbed through the glands under your tongue you also get to skip the digestive process altogether.
Brand: Five CBD
Five is setting a new standard in the CBD industry by offering truly full-spectrum CBD products that preserve the natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids of the hemp flower. Their name comes from their commitment to the entire parts of the hemp plant. With a 5:1 ratio of CBD to minor hemp compounds, you will get the full power of the hemp plant. That means some of the world’s highest quality CBD with quite the ensemble behind it.
Product: Full-Spectrum CBD Tincture
At a whopping 3,000mg of CBD, this tiny bottle has been conveniently packed with extra strength and a fair amount of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes that deliver a holistic effect on the body. Available in three different flavors that please all palates; Citrus, Mint Chocolate, and Lavender.
When capsule cannabis products were launched they seemed to put the ‘medicine aspect’ to cannabis once and for all. But aside from that, they offer a list of palpable benefits that other products don’t.
First and foremost, capsules allow you to keep track of your cannabinoid intake. Making it easy to know how much you’ve taken and make a quick mental note of how you feel so you can adjust your dose later down the line. Capsules are also convenient to carry and easy to travel with.
CBDfx was created with the belief that everyone should have access to the remarkable wellness benefits found in CBD. Over the last six years, CBDfx has grown from its San Fernando Valley roots to become the fifth-largest privately held CBD company in the world with more than 100 employees. With a dedication to providing the finest full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate products on the market, CBDfx continues to grow by providing the best products possible from the highest-quality ingredients.
This might sound like a bunch of marketing b*ll, but it’s not. CBDfx is one of the most reliable CBD brands you’ll find with years and years of experience that allow them to offer consistently high quality in all their products.
Product: Soft Gel Capsules
CBDfx Softgels are dosed with 25mg of high-end, full-spectrum CBD extract and have an added measure of MCT oil. They come in a child-proof bottle that keeps your product fresh after opening it and comes with a total of 30 capsules. Made with organic products that keep you and your body happy.
Although a big fan of tea, sometimes I’ll find myself craving a drink that has a more powerful effect on quenching my thirst. Iced tea or flavored sparkling water are my usual go-to’s. Luckily, I now have the option of taking these with an additional CBD dose.
CBD brands are finding in flavored seltzers a major fan-favorite. An easy way to go about meeting your CBD consumption goal without having to compromise on flavor.
Brand: CBD American Shaman
CBD American Shaman is dedicated to bringing wellness to the world through ultra-concentrated terpene rich CBD oil derived from all-natural, high-quality industrial hemp. By testing every batch with Ultra Performance Convergence Chromatography, American Shaman ensures you get a high-quality drink every single time.
Product: Coconut-Grapefruit CBD Sparkling Water
Like summer in a can, this CBD-infused sparkling water is the ideal go-to drink for a warm sunny day. Each can contains 10 mg full-spectrum nano-hemp extract and 250 mL of the most deliciously engineered seltzer water. Refreshing, delicious, and relaxing
Vaping and smoking are the consumption methods that offer the fastest onset of cannabinoids in the market today. Disposable vape pens are a great way to try out a new strain or meet your cannabinoid consumption goals without having to invest deeply.
Brand: Savage CBD
Savage CBD was founded with the mission to help as many people as possible through CBD. Their disposable vape pens are an all-natural, hemp-derived CBD product made with the purest ingredients. Each batch is carefully tested to ensure quality, consistency, taste, and authenticity
Product: Relax Full-Spectrum Pen
Accurately dosed with 250 mg of CBD in a 0.5 ml pre-filled vape that will turn the most savage of days into a relaxed and unwindingly awesome vaping sesh. Savage CBD premiere CBD Relax Pen is infused with Apple Kush Terpenes, perfect for nighttime or an after-work vaping session on the balcony.