Cannabis Strains


Top 8 best cannabis strains for beginners

A selection of the best weed strains to ease you in for a soft landing

By Mell Green

Whether recreational or medical, the cannabis industry is exploding with strains to choose from and has a little something for everyone. This may sound pretty exciting for the cannaisseur, but for the beginner, it can be overwhelming when trying to pick from such a large array of choices. Cannabis is one powerful plant that has proven to be very beneficial to our health in many ways. However, if you are new to the cannabis world and looking for a place to start, choosing a cannabis strain by random selection may not be the best idea. Why, you might ask?

Well, such could prevent you from exploring and experiencing all that this extraordinary plant has to offer — and we don’t want any of that. Similarly, for those who have a low tolerance for cannabis, it’s essential to educate yourself and to tread lightly. Every individual uses cannabis for their own reasons, and whether used medicinally or recreationally, there are a few things to be aware of before a cannabis consumer takes their first puff. So that you can have the best experience possible, we have compiled a list of the best cannabis strains for beginner-cannabis-consumers that will make it easier for you to get a scope of what works and feels best for you.

For the new or novice cannabis consumer

When it comes to tolerance levels, certainly not all people are the same. Moreover, when consuming different cannabis strains, it’s important to know that each gives off different effects. The strain’s THC and/or CBD content that works for one person, may not work for another and vice versa. Thus, it may be prudent to journey lightly into the world of cannabis.

As a simple introduction, typically, cannabis strains fall into three classes: indica, sativa, or hybrid. Indicas are thought to provide a calming high that is felt more in the body, while a sativa-high is said to have effects often associated with a mental buzz. As for hybrids, they are known to provide a combination of both indica and sativa effects, which creates a kind of balanced high. Although, despite their differences, today nearly all cannabis strains are some sort of hybrid, yet, most will lean in one direction or the other. Nonetheless, it’s best to ease into consuming certain cannabis strains that are low in THC and with a good ratio of CBD for a balanced-high, until you get accustomed to the effects.

Lemon OG Haze

Lemon OG Haze is a well-balanced piece of bud that is a three-way cross between OG Kush, Haze #1 and Las Vegas Lemon Skunk. Staying true to its name, the buds of this strain provide a deliciously smooth smoke that tastes of lemon and pineapple, paired with a subtle smell of spice. As a sativa-dominant strain, the cerebral effects of Lemon OG Haze cannabis are energetic and do wonderful work on the mind and body, without inducing too powerful of a high. From toking this herb, consumers will experience a warming relaxation that will easily melt away inflammation, migraines and other painful aches in the body. Lemon OG Haze is definitely an ideal cannabis strain for those who want to take things nice and slow.

Jack Herer

Named after the famous cannabis activist, Jack Herer is a worthy homage that should be part of every newcomer’s education. This hybrid strain is the Netherland’s very own and made by crossing a sativa Haze, Northern Lights #5, and Shiva Skunk. With a moderate THC level, the effects will offer a slight heady buzz which provides an energetic rush that will awaken your creative mind and cause your imagination to wander — all wrapped up in a herbal, earthy smoke. After toking on some Jack Herer, consumers will experience great stress relief, especially those suffering from PTSD and other stress-related disorders. Certainly, the positive experience of puffing this invigorating sativa-dominant strain will be one for the books.

Quick One

This hybrid is another one of our newbie-appropriate recommendations that’s an all-around crowd-pleaser. Quick One was created crossbreeding Lowryder #2, Northern Lights, William’s Wonder, and a Ruderalis for some ‘auto-flower-power’. The high is tender with this one. With its moderate THC level, Quick One is not an overly powerful cannabis strain, and it doesn’t have any unusual characteristics that might put off first-timers. It does tend to swing towards the indica side. Nonetheless, the pleasant combination of sativa and indica effects offers an energy-boosting high that will elevate your mood and leave you feeling light as a feather. Given these effects, cannabis consumers might find some relief from fatigue as well as mild aches.

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Easy Bud

The origin of this hybrid is shrouded in mystery, yet, many claim it was made with White Widow and Northern Lights genetics. The name of this indica refers to how easy it is to grow, which is a big plus for beginner growers. Regarding psychoactivity, Easy Bud doesn’t deliver too powerful of a high, which makes it a safe bet for new consumers. After toking the deliciously skunky, fruit-tasting smoke of this strain, the effects induce a heady buzz that feels both balanced and calming — exactly why this flower makes a great choice for medicating in times of stress. Bouts of mild depression and other mental anxieties will suddenly fade, making Easy Bud a favorite among medical patients and novice users alike.

Short Rider

We have to admit, the autoflowering capability of this strain is pretty genius. Said to be crossed with Top 44 (discontinued) and Early Special, Short Rider has been a favorite amongst cultivators for its resilient and quick growing prowess. The aroma of Short Rider cannabis matches that of its flavor, which at times can taste sweet and also skunky — definitely something novices consumers will appreciate. The sativa influence in this bud provides a natural pain-killing effect that makes it a superb strain to unwind. The long-lasting high is stoney and will feel like waves of sedation are radiating throughout your entire body, accompanied by feelings of euphoria and relaxation. Short Rider herb may be useful for helping with pain relief as well as fibromyalgia and arthritis.

Hawaii Maui Waui

Originating from the beautiful Hawaiian islands, this classic sativa strain has long graced smoking circles worldwide. Hawaii Maui Waui (commonly referred to as Maui Waui) is a sativa strain that delights with a tropical pineapple-like flavor and aroma that’s hard to resist. It was bred with a low THC content, so it’s no question why this bud makes an excellent strain for the beginner. The energizing effect of this flower offers a noticeable sense of creativity that lifts the spirits and gets your mental gears going, maybe even a few giggles too. Absolutely delicious and buzzy, this cannabis strain is also highly therapeutic. This may be why Hawaii Maui Waui has long been used to overcome bouts of stress as well as physical aches and pains.

Casey Jones

Sativa-dominant hybrid Casey Jones contains distinct properties that showcase great hybrid vigor. It was named after a noble American hero and made by crossing East Coast Diesel, Trainwreck and a Thai landrace sativa. Casey Jones’ bud is a real treat for sativa-lovers; delivering a sweet citrusy and pinewood aroma similar to its flavor that spikes the senses. If you’re a newbie or have a low tolerance, the THC and CBD levels in this cannabis might just be your speed. But, remember to consume slowly and work your way up. The long-lasting high is zippy and will inspire creativity, but won’t have you spinning in circles. When you need it, Casey Jones might be useful for relieving general aches and pains in the body.

Dance World CBD

Dance World CBD is one of those strains we find hard to forget and for good reason; It was bred with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio. This flower was born from the combination of Juanita La Lagrimosa and Dancehall 20. That said, Dance World CBD is a very balanced strain and more of what a beginner might expect. This sweet-tasting bud has an aroma that delights with woody, herbal notes that deliver calming effects, resulting in a smoke that relaxes both the mind and body equally. This could possibly mean that the Dance World CBD strain may help relieve conditions such as stress, PTSD and other anxiety disorders. It may also help with insomnia, for those who struggle getting a good night’s rest.


For an amazing experience, finding the right strain(s) for the beginner cannabis consumer is vital. Probably the best thing to know is, THC has never killed anyone in the history of mankind, so there’s no need to worry yourself sick if you accidentally get too high. If you are excited to finally take the plunge, we recommend that you take a look at our online store for a menu of high-CBD cannabis strains and more.

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Mell Green
Mell Green is an enthusiast of all things cannabis and writes content that represents some of the best things that we as a people can strive for: good health and happiness.
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