Best Cannabis Strains for Beginners

September 13, 2023

Listen, if you’re new to cannabis, you shouldn’t start with a high THC strain like White Widow, but then, what are you supposed to try? Whether you plan on microdosing or having a full-on session, we’ve got you covered. Think of us as your cannabis sherpa—we’re going to guide you through the things to know—and the things to avoid—to make the most out of your first cannabis experience.

Tips for Choosing a Beginner’s Strain

Every future cannabis enthusiast has to start somewhere, but where to begin? We want to make sure your first experience is a positive one, easing your endocannabinoid system into this new adventure. Here are a few recommendations for when you’re trying to choose the right beginner strain for you.

Look for High CBD, Low THC Strains

CBD is an interesting cannabinoid when it gets into your system with other cannabinoids, like THC. It seems to quiet THC’s intoxicating effects, making a strain a little less potent-feeling than it might have been if there was no CBD. Because of this, high CBD and lower THC strains can be a great place to start for beginners. 

Pay Attention to Terpenes

Your experience with a strain like White Widow is likely going to be different from your experience with a strain like ACDC. Why is that if both of them have THC in them? Well, researchers think that it may have something to do with the other compounds in the plant, like terpenes. 

Terpenes are the reason that marijuana has a certain scent and taste to it, but researchers also think that terpenes play a role in how a strain makes you feel. This is why it’s important to understand the entourage effect, which is the effect a particular strain’s compounds—cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes—interact with your endocannabinoid system. 

Understand Delivery Methods

How you consume your marijuana can change the experience, which is why it’s important to understand the different cannabis delivery methods. For example, when smoking flower you should expect to feel the effects within about 10 minutes and lasting up to an hour. Cannabis edibles can take up to two hours to produce an effect because your body will need to digest and metabolize the product, but it can last for up to three hours

Top 5 Marijuana Strains for Cannabis Newbies

The best strains for you are the ones you enjoy, but when you’re not sure what you like, it can help to have a starting point. Here are five strains that should be on your must-try list to see how the compounds in them pair up with your endocannabinoid system. Please remember, though, that you should start low and go slow with any of these strains–especially those that have 20% THC or more.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is a sativa-leaning hybrid brought to us by the cross of Blueberry and Haze, two wildly popular strains in their own right. Blue Dream manages to hold on to some of the flavors and aromas that its parent strains have, including that delicious blueberry flavor and the sweet, earthy aromas. These sensory qualities may make it more enjoyable for beginners to indulge, but you will still want to take it slow. Blue Dream can contain up to 24% THC, 2% CBD, and 1% CBN. Paying attention to those percentages can help you decide if you want to find other strains with similar profiles. 

Jack Herer

One of the most popular sativa-dominant hybrids on the market today, Jack Herer aka The Jack, JH, Premium Jack, or Platinum Jack is another Haze cross like Blue Dream. Only Jack Herer was the product of a Haze meets Northern Lights meets Shiva Skunk arrangement. The moment you consume this strain, you’ll be greeted with a lemon-orange flavor and a similar aroma with pine notes to it too. You’ll also start to feel up to 24% THC in this strain, along with a pinch of CBN at 1%. There’s a reason cannabis enthusiasts love this strain, and you may just find it added to your favorites too. 


When it comes to beginner-friendly strains, it’s hard to find anything as kind on the endocannabinoid system as ACDC. It has up to only 5% THC and a much higher 12% CBD. For many cannabis enthusiasts, this means a gentler intoxication (compared to other strains) that is complemented by citrus flavors and spicy-sweet aromas. ACDC is truly one of the best entry-level sativa-dominant strains on the market today to consume in order to introduce your body to marijuana, THC, and the other compounds in it. 


Columbian Gold, Thai, and Swiss Landrace all came together to make the landrace-born hybrid Harlequin that we love for beginners. Though it has slightly more THC in it than ACDC, at up to 15% THC, it also carries a fairly balanced 10% CBD. This combination may change the way this strain feels in your body compared to other strains with higher THC and less CBD. In addition to its cannabinoid content, Harlequin has a sweet flavor with a mango scent, making it a little spicy, a little fruity, and a lot of fun to enjoy.

Super Silver Sour Diesel

Super Silver Sour Diesel, or SSSD, is a cannabis plant created with a potent cross of Super Silver Haze and Sour Diesel—another combo of super famous marijuana strains. Though it may have famous parents, Super Silver Sour Diesel still makes a name for itself with a sensory explosion of diesel-meets-fruit-meets-spice-meets-pine flavors and aromas that seem to fluctuate with every inhale. While this sativa-dominant strain can have high THC levels at up to 20%, it also has 3% CBD in it, so you may experience the unexpected when you partake in this strain.

Answering FAQs About Low THC Strains

There are a lot of questions (and misconceptions) about low-THC strains. Here are a few answers that may help clear up any confusion:

Is indica or sativa better for beginners?
The differences between indica vs sativa plants are in their physical characteristics and their morphology—not in their effects. This means that you could have a unique experience with either one, depending on the entourage effect on your body’s endocannabinoid system.

What does “low THC” strain mean?
A low-THC strain is a cannabis strain that has a lower percentage of THC. You can often find low THC in full-spectrum products, meaning the THC is balanced with the terpenes and additional cannabinoids in the product. 

What does the THC percentage mean?
The THC percentage is an indicator of just how much THC is in the strain compared to other compounds. While it’s a good start when considering how a strain might affect you, there are other factors, like terpenes and CBD content, that are worth considering too. 

Finding Cannabis Strains for Beginners

While this list is a great start to finding cannabis strains if you’re a newbie in the cannabis world, you’ll likely have other recommendations from other cannabis enthusiasts too. We all want to share our favorite strains, and our experiences, with other like-minded people. That said, your experience is going to be unique to you and your body, so finding the right cannabis strain for you may just be as easy as trial and error.

Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.

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