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Many states are legalizing recreational cannabis, while majority of US states have legalized medical cannabis. Like most plants, there are many strains or varieties of cannabis, and each one its own profile. Terpenes, flavonoids, and a bunch of chemical compounds called cannabinoids, determine how a strain impacts your body and mind. Beginners need to be more careful with strains. Just because you have access to a potent strain doesn’t mean you should try it. In this post, we are sharing 5 strains that can just ideal for new cannabis enthusiasts.


If you don’t want to get knocked off, Harlequin is a good strain to start. This is a sativa-dominant hybrid, which is a cross between Colombian Gold, Thai and Swiss Landrace. The CBD content of this strain is around 9%, while THC content is somewhere around 5%. Don’t expect an insane high with Harlequin, but it can induce a sense of calm and relaxation and may help with pain.

Sweet and Sour Widow

This is an indica-dominant strain, which has CBD:THC ratio of 1:1. While the strain will produce psychoactive effects, you won’t feel drained. Sweet and Sour Widow has White Widow in its genetics, and the THC content is somewhere around 5-8%. The strain can induce a state of deep relaxation, which is also why it is used by medical cannabis users seeking relief from stress and depression.

Jack Herer

If you want to try a strain that’s not low on THC but isn’t very potent either, Jack Herer is the one to go for. This is an American classic strain in many ways and gets its name from famed cannabis activist Jack Herer. The THC content of this strain is around 17%, although some phenotypes may have higher THC. The strain may also help with anxiety, migraines, and bipolar disorder.


This is an indica dominant hybrid, which is a cross between Purple Thai and Thai. Expect the true flavor of fresh blueberries from this strain, and with THC content of 17%, this is an ideal choice for beginners. Blueberry may also help those dealing with stress and pain.

White Widow

White Widow is a classic strain with THC content at around 17%-20%, depending on the phenotype. It is a cross between Brazil Sativa and South Indian Indica, and the name comes from white crystals that cover the buds. Most beginners experience euphoria and a burst of energy with this strain!

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