An inexperienced breeder might cross a male and a female one time and sell the resulting seeds as a new hybrid strain, but professional breeders usually put their strains through several rounds of backcrossing to stabilize the genetics and ensure consistent plants that reflect those genetics.
Some strains are easier to grow than others because they are more resistant to mold and pests, so if you’re new to growing, you may want to try an easier strain to start.
Some strains also take longer to grow than others. Depending on whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, you may want to grow a quicker marijuana strain if you live in a climate that get cold and wet early in the season. For example, indicas are known for having a shorter flowering time than sativas.
What’s the difference between regular, feminized, and autoflower seeds?
Although this option is only available to people living in states with medical and adult-use legalization, buying marijuana seeds at the dispensary is far more straightforward. However, your options are more limited.
Seeds can come feminized, meaning you can just put them in soil and start growing for buds. These seeds are guaranteed to be bud-producing females and growing them cuts out the step of having to sex out plants and discard the males.
Feminized and autoflower seeds will cost more because more breeding work was put in to creating them and they take less time for the grower to get buds.
In states with adult-use legalization or a medical marijuana program, you can buy seeds within your own state, either at a dispensary or through a specific seed company’s website.
States that have legalized cannabis sometimes limit how marijuana businesses can use traditional marketing channels, forcing dispensaries to get creative with how they reach out to their potential customers.
Physical shops are a popular way for many consumers to buy their cannabis products. Customers can see the range of products for sale, check out the packaging, smell the different strains of cannabis flower, and ask as many questions as it takes to find the best products.
Finding a Recreational Dispensary
If you need help finding the right type of marijuana products for you and would rather walk into a recreational marijuana dispensary with a product in mind, we are happy to offer a guide to help you make your purchase decision. Visit our medical marijuana product guide to learn more.
Topicals : The cannabinoids in cannabis can also be absorbed by the body through the skin. For this reason, you can find topically-applied products like balms, lotions, massage oils, and even patches.
Once you are called to the back room, you are ready to begin your shopping experience.
And if you’re interested in using cannabis to manage a new issue, like new back pain, “those things deserve an evaluation and a workup” before assuming that cannabis is the answer, Dr. Tishler says.
“The endocannabinoid system isn’t taught in medical school,” Vanessa Niles, M.D., an ob-gyn and founder of Synergy Health, a California-based medical cannabis practice, tells SELF. “You have to find a doctor who specializes in cannabis or has some level of training in cannabis to be able to certify you no matter which state you’re in.”
2. Get in touch with a doctor who is registered to certify you for a card.
During this evaluation, the doctor should also give you a heads-up about any side effects you might experience. Those could include an increased heart rate, nausea, and dizziness.
Although the exact format of the conversation will be different depending on your doctor, expect to be asked about any other health conditions, any other medications you might be taking, and any concerns you might have about using cannabis in this way.
Another option, one that may be particularly attractive as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, is to do a virtual consultation with services such as NuggMD or Veriheal, which connect patients with registered cannabis doctors in their area via video chat.