Adult-use cannabis is currently legal in 21 states and Washington, DC. As the plant’s legality continues to gain traction and popularity across the country, more and more individuals are trying cannabis for the first time. There are countless resources and places to find advice for getting started with marijuana. “Start low, go slow” is a common bit of advice given to cannabis newbies. Being selective with the first strain or product you use is also important. Finding a reputable dispensary with knowledgeable budtenders who can help you choose the best cannabis for your personal experience is a good place to start. Here are three popular marijuana strains for beginners.
Mimosa is a sativa dominant hybrid, sometimes called “Purple Mimosa”. It is a cross between Purple Punch and Clementine. The THC levels of this strain are reportedly around 20%, and its effects can be powerful in larger doses. Many patients and consumers say Mimosa creates a clear and uplifting high that leaves them feeling energized and motivated. Mimosa also reportedly gives users a sense of calm and relaxation. The buds have a taste and fragrance that one might expect from the name, with very strong notes of sweet and slightly sour citrus reminiscent of orange and grapefruit.
Acapulco Gold is a rare sativa cannabis strain. While it may be hard to find, it is a favorite among those lucky enough to try it. The strain originated in Acapulco, Mexico, but its exact parentage and specific origins are unknown. The THC levels in Acapulco Gold are 19-24%, making it a great choice for a first-time marijuana user. The fragrance and flavor are unique, and many who have tried it report smelling almost a burnt toffee smell. The taste is reportedly a mix of chestnut and tea leaves. While many feel this was one of the best cannabis strains ever created, the fact that it may not be easy to grow indoors makes it harder to find Acapulco Gold.
Gelato is a balanced hybrid strain that is perfect for new marijuana users. It is a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. The THC content in Gelato is between 17-20%. The smell is sweet, and the taste is fruity and creamy with undertones of vanilla and mint. Users report feeling euphoric, creative, and happy while also experiencing deep feelings of relaxation. Because of the balance in Gelato, the relaxation isn’t heavy enough to create a feeling of sedation or couch lock.