Back in the day, if you wanted to get lifted, there were really only a few options. You had a choice between flower or an edible—and that edible was probably a brownie.
Now, there are so many different types of weed products that it's hard to keep up with all of them. As the cannabis industry expands, the offerings in dispensaries have multiplied.
Maybe you're new to the cannabis world, or you're curious to try something new. No matter the reason you are reading this, we'll tell you everything you need to know about the different types of cannabis products you can find in dispensaries nationwide.
Now, you might be thinking - I know all about flower. However, a lot has changed in recent years. The flower that we have now is nothing like what your uncle smoked back in the old days.
Cannabis breeders have taken the game to a whole new level. There are strains with a THC content of up to 30% that can taste like candy.
Now, breeders are aiming more towards terpene content to boost flavor, aroma, and effects.
Some strains are CBD-dominant which means they either don't get you high, or if they do, only mildly. These strains are perfect for medical users who need relief without the high.
Sativa or Indica?
The old indica vs. sativa classification is outdated. You might still hear today about how indicas are more relaxing, and sativas are more energetic.
However, generally, indica and sativa refer to how a plant grows and not how it smokes. THC content, CBD content, other cannabinoids, and terpenes all play a role in the high that you feel.
If you're looking for euphoria, try a high-THC strain. If you want relief and relaxation, try a strain with a balanced THC/CBD profile that is high in terpenes such as beta-caryophyllene and myrcene.
Now, there's a vast range of edibles to choose from, and the sky’s the limit.
There are snacks of all types like gummy bears, chocolates, lollipops, popcorn—you name it. You can find snacks that are pure junk food or something with a little more class, like artisanal edibles.
Many edibles now have vegan, gluten-free, and low-sugar options. Whatever varieties of treats you can find at the market, you can now most likely find in dispensaries.
Drinks and Tinctures
As far as liquids go, there are now drinks infused with cannabis as well as tinctures. There are sodas, sparkling waters, teas, and non-alcoholic cannabis beers.
Tinctures aren't necessarily drinks and are usually consumed for medicinal purposes. Typically, they come in a small glass with a dropper where you drop only a small amount into your mouth.
Usually, you place a dropper of tincture directly under your tongue so that the cannabinoids contained within absorb quickly.
Baked Bros syrup is one of the most versatile and flavorful tinctures around if you are interested in trying one for yourself.
Pills and Capsules
There is also a range of medicinal edibles that look and feel like pills. Some are high-THC, some have a balanced ratio of THC/CBD, and others are pure CBD.
These are generally made for medicinal patients looking for daily relief without the capability or interest to smoke.
Concentrates are cannabis products that have all the plant matter stripped away and kept only the cannabinoids and terpenes. The addition of concentrates to the mainstream market may be the most significant change to cannabis products in recent years.
Concentrates are the most potent form of cannabis products, and some can reach THC levels of over 90%.
Shatter, Wax, Hash Oil
Shatter, wax, and other concentrates are made for those who want to get onto another level. These ultra-potent consumables are not to be taken lightly if you are a first-timer.
These concentrates are usually dabbed from a dab-rig or an e-cigarette with a special attachment.
What is dabbing, you may be wondering? It's a unique way to consume concentrates from a “dab-rig”, which looks almost like a bong.
First, a titanium, quartz, or glass piece—called a nail— is heated red hot using a blowtorch. A bit (or dab) of shatter, wax, or crumble is dropped onto the nail and instantly vaporized and inhaled into the lungs.
Hash is one of the oldest forms of concentrates and has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years.
Hash in the old days was prepared by simply scraping off or shaking the cannabinoids out from the plant. The concentrate was then pressed into blocks.
Now, a purer and more potent type of hash exists, called bubble hash. Bubble hash is made by using a filtration system and ice water, leading to a cleaner end product.
Vapes are concentrates smoked from an e-cigarette-like device. Some of them come in pre-filled cartridges that you can connect to your own battery.
Others are a one-time-use system where you smoke the e-cigarette and throw it away when you're done. Vapes can be range from being extraordinarily potent to downright mild, and are used often recreationally and medicinally.
Vapes are made for all types of consumers, and they're suitable for people who want something easy to use. Vapes can be activated and get you where you need to be at just the touch of a button or a light inhale.
Topicals are a class of cannabis products that you apply directly to your skin. Topicals can be cannabis-infused lotions, balms, sprays, transdermal patches, and even lube.
The idea of topicals is that they provide relief or a numbing sensation to the area that you directly apply them to. For example, people with intense pain can rub a topical directly on the area that hurts.
However, it depends on what's in the topical for how it works. THC can produce pain-relieving effects on the area it's applied to, but CBD doesn't work the same way.
CBD is absorbed better through the skin and will give you more of a full-body experience. Topicals will not get you high, so they're more of a medicinal product for those looking for relaxation.
Which Product Is Right for Me?
If you're a beginner, we suggest staying far away from concentrates for now. Flower is always a good option, but smoking isn't the best for everyone.
Now that you know what's out there, you can shop more confidently and choose the product that's right for you.