Everybody has to start somewhere. Nobody is an expert, or even experienced, from the get go. The biggest marijuana enthusiast in the world was a novice once. With the increased legalization of marijuana across the United States, more and more people are giving marijuana a shot. Some don’t take to it, and that’s perfectly fine. Nothing is for everybody. Others, though, find something to love about marijuana and become regular users. Maybe it’s recreational, maybe it’s medicinal, maybe it’s both. However, being a beginner to marijuana can be overwhelming. Hey, we get it. We admit this is a world full of buzzwords, jargon, and also an abundance of options. Growers Choice sells seeds for literally dozens of strains. We don’t want you eschewing marijuana because you didn’t know where to start. So let’s talk about beginner strains. We’ll get you ready to take that first step into the world of marijuana, and hopefully it will be the start of something really worthwhile for you.

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Before I try one of your beginner strains, what should I know about marijuana?

Why use marijuana? It’s not just to make us feel good, or because it’s increasingly popular. You should use marijuana because it’s right for you. Part of that is finding the right strain, and part of that is knowing what marijuana can do for the human body and the human mind. There are, traditionally speaking, three types of marijuana. Indica is the “chill out” variety. It’s used for relaxation and is the type of marijuana people are thinking of when they think of somebody locked to the couch just chilling out. Sativa is the “energizing” type of marijuana, known more for giving you a pick me up and getting your mind activated. This makes sativa a favorite of creative types. Then, there are hybrids which, as you may have guessed, are blends of sativa and indica. Now, hybrids aren’t all a 50/50 split of the two, so you need to delve in a little deeper to find out what to expect.


What can I expect from beginner strains?

For recreational purposes, marijuana is synonymous with its psychotropic effects. THC, a chemical compound found in marijuana, is psychoactive. It’s why marijuana makes you feel “high,” to be less scientific about it. Marijuana has distinct mental effects to go with its physical effects. For recreation, your beginner strains are going to be more about making you feel good, maybe a bit happy, perhaps even euphoric. If you want to be social, go with a sativa strain. However, there are also medical benefits to marijuana use. The medical use of marijuana can help you with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
  • Cramps

So what are good beginner strains?

There are two different ways to think about “beginner strains.” First, there are the strains that are best for people who are new to using marijuana. They are stepping stones to using and experiencing marijuana. Then, there are the beginner strains that are about growing your own plants. You may have used marijuana before, but you are new to growing plants at home for personal use. Some strains are tougher to grow than others, so a strain with an easy grow is ideal to get you started. We will touch on both types of beginner strains. After you get used to using marijuana, you may want to grow your own plants as well.

What beginner strains are good for new marijuana users?

If you are new to marijuana, you will likely want a strain that isn’t too heavy on the THC content. You don’t want to go from never really getting high to getting SUPER HIGH in the blink of an eye. Like caffeinated sodas in the 1990s, a lot of modern strains are all about trying to get you as high as possible. It’s one-upmanship, but it isn’t for everybody. As such, many of the best beginner strains are old school, but still quality. Several of these strains have won at the Cannabis Cup, the foremost marijuana competition in the world. Northern Lights, Blueberry, and Jack Herer are among those strains. Then, there are the CBD-heavy, THC-light strains. CBD is a different chemical compound found in cannabis, but unlike cannabis, it isn’t psychoactive. CBD strains make good beginner strains because you can enjoy the physical benefits of marijuana use with minimal psychotropic effects. A couple of great CBD-forward beginner strains include Harlequin and Cannatonic. Also a good element to beginner strains? A pleasant taste and aroma. Some strains are definitely more of a polarizing taste. There are strains that are known for their gasoline smell and taste. That’s probably not ideal for a newbie.

What types of strains are these beginner strains?

Northern Lights is an indica-dominant hybrid that is known to have indica-style effects such as “couch lock,” which is to say feeling so relaxed and chilled out you have a hard time getting off the couch. Blueberry is also heavy on the indica effects. Jack Here, meanwhile, is a sativa, making it uplifting and energizing. We haven’t previously discussed Sour Tsunami, but it’s also a fine choice among beginner strains. It’s both CBD-heavy and sativa dominant. Sour Tsunami may be the best of the beginner strains, at least if you want an uplifting high.


What are the best beginner strains for growing your own marijuana plants?

Let’s say you’ve tried marijuana. You’re a fan. Now, you want to grow your own marijuana plants. Growers Choice Seeds has high-quality seeds that make your growing experience easier, but some plants are still trickier to grow. We can’t make a temperamental strain any easier to grow. So what strains are known to be easier to cultivate? What beginner strains should you be considering when you starting your own at-home grow? Green Crack is brought up quite often when you ask about the easiest marijuana strains to grow. Cinex, Gorilla Glue, and Northern Lights also get mentioned. Then, there’s Blue Dream, which once upon a time was the most-popular marijuana strain in the world. It’s often listed as one of the easiest strains to grow, but also one of the best strains for beginners who are new to using marijuana as well. Blue Dream could be your dream. Maybe it’ll be the first beginner strain you use, but also the first beginner strain you grow.

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