Learn | 10.20.2022

Stonerpedia: Are Certain Strains Better For Different Age Groups?

Choose a strain that's right for you.

As marijuana laws become more permissive in states across the country, people of all ages are choosing to turn to cannabis as an alternative. Either that or they want to find out what all the hype is about.

There’s one undeniable truth that’s backed by numbers: seniors are turning to weed in their golden years as a healthy alternative to treat their ailments. Or maybe even to have fun.

Undoubtedly, cannabis is an option for all ages. Medical cases show how the plant has been an invaluable support in the treatment of children’s illnesses. And, of course, it’s not just limited to children and seniors, but everyone in between.

Potency

When we talk about how certain strains can affect different age groups, we refer mainly to the potency of each strain.

Medical cannabis treatments for children and teenagers must be prescribed by a health professional, who will document the requirements of a strain’s potency and composition, especially the THC level.

Baby boomers with previous experience with cannabis should not start consuming the same amount as in their college days; we are not the same as before.

Likewise, one of the main factors to consider when talking about potency is the cannabinoid composition of each particular strain. A safe bet will always be to opt for strains low in THC and high in CBD, which generally do not cause psychoactive effects while obtaining all the benefits of the wonderful plant.

Some of the best strains with high CBD content are:

Rainbow Sherbet: An amazing CBD strain that’s ideal for relaxing the body and mind. It will be of great use when starting a new hobby or your next daytime DIY project. Its CBD level averages 16%, while THC does not reach 1%.

Bubba Kush: This amazing CBD strain is a heavy Indica that relaxes the user from head to toe, perfect for consumers with sleep problems, deep pain, or anxiety. Its CBD percentage is 13%, while THC stays at a low 0.3%.

Hawaiian Haze: This is a strain with a high CBD content, reaching the incredible value of 21%, while the THC stays below 1%. When consumed, you will experience a heady feeling, full of social energy and good cheer.

Other Factors

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When consuming cannabis, remember that all people, regardless of age, react differently to the compounds of weed.

This is influenced by many unpredictable factors like:

  • Diet
  • Stress levels
  • Exercise habits
  • Your particular tolerance to cannabis

All of these – and a few other things – can physically change the brain receptors of the endocannabinoid system so that cannabis compounds are processed differently.

Another element affecting someone’s response to cannabis is what other substances or medications they are consuming.

Simply put, we are all different; we all react differently. No two experiences are exactly alike.

Determining how a person will react to a particular strain is almost impossible. You can inform yourself of previous users’ reported experiences, do trial and error (carefully), and find the ideal one for your needs.

How To Choose The Best Strain According To Age

More than just age, there are different factors to consider when choosing the right strain for each person. These are just 3 of the main ones.

Cannabinoids

As mentioned, determining what cannabinoids you’re looking for in a strain is an excellent place to start. THC is known for causing the heady and high effect, CBD for its calming properties, but cannabis has many other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, CBC, and many more.

Flavor & Aroma

Some of the most notable flavors of cannabis are diesel, citrus, grape, pine, skunk, coffee, mint, earth, wood, and vanilla.

All strains have different flavors and aromas, which can be a good starting point to determine what you like and don’t like.

Results

A crucial factor in defining which strain is best for you is to determine what you want to feel or what ailment you are looking to alleviate.

Deciding this will help you find strains that, according to research or anecdotal experiences, have been useful for similar situations of your own.

Final Advice

A sure-fire formula for determining which strain is best for you is to take advantage of dispensaries selling small amounts of weed. Talk to the budtender about your needs and do trial and error.

Consume different strains at different times, write down how you feel in a notebook, and figure out which strain is best for you and what you want.

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