If you are a new cannaconsumer, walking into a recreational cannabis dispensary can be overwhelming. Your budtender will ask questions to guide you but having some general knowledge might help make you feel more comfortable in your decision. In this article, we will cover some of the basics, like the difference between Indica and Sativa, the different methods of consumption, and a good starter dose for each method. So, kick back in the cut, fire one up, and let’s learn about some weed stuff. 

The difference between Indica and Sativa 

Cannabis comes in all sorts of colors, smells, tastes, and potency but when shopping it is best to know how you want to feel. This is where the difference between Indica and Sativa comes into play. Indica typically provides a more relaxing feel while Sativa tends to provide a more stimulating one. Indica’s are great for binge watching, gaming, or helping aid in sleep. The old adage goes Indica for in the couch. Sativa is more suited for those who want to be active while high. Sativa is great for everything from long hikes in the mountains to writing poetry by the moonlight. There are also Hybrids which will give you some benefits of both Indica and Sativa. Knowing what you plan on doing will help you decide which one you need for the occasion and knowing the difference between Indica and Sativa should make that decision easier. Now, let’s consider the options you’ll have to choose from when consuming. 

Consumption Methods 

  • Cannabis Flower: Smoking is by far the most popular form of cannabis consumption. That is why when cannaconsumers ask new acquaintances if they partake, they ask do you smoke weed and not do you do weed. That is why it is most consumers first introduction to cannabis. As with all methods of consumption, if you are trying a new product, it is best to proceed with caution. Start off with one hit (an inhalation). You should begin to feel effects within 5 minutes. If you don’t feel the effects within 15 minutes, feel free to repeat the process.  

  • Cannabis Edibles: Edibles are far the second most popular from of cannabis consumption. These mostly come in candy form, so knowing if you want gummies, chocolate, or caramel etc. (there are SO many to choose from!) will ease your purchasing experience. A standard dose for a newcomer is 1-2.5mg but many choose to start off at 5mg. For standard edibles effects should onset within 2 hours and could last between 4-12 hours. For fast-acting (water-soluble) edibles, effects are felt within 30 minutes and last between 2-6 hours. If you are having trouble feeling effects, slowly increase your dosage over time. 

  • Cannabis Concentrates: Concentrates come in many forms but cartridges and disposable pens are the most popular among new consumers. Concentrates are far more powerful than traditional flower but with much of the same effect. The biggest difference is you shouldn’t need as big of a hit to achieve those effects. Start with one hit. You should feel the effects within 5 minutes, and they should last between 1-6 hours. If you don’t achieve the desired results, repeat the process. 

  • Cannabis Tinctures: Tinctures are a liquid meant for oral consumption. Tinctures are great for people with dietary or smoking restrictions. Being liquids, tinctures activate far faster than a typical edible though dosage is relatively the same. Tinctures may be added to drinks but that is not their intended purpose. If you are looking for a drink additive THC shot will work much better. Tinctures are meant to be taken under the tongue for partial sublingual intake. Place your dosage under your tongue for 10-30 seconds, swish and swallow. Start with 1-2mg. You should begin to feel effects within 45 minutes with a duration of 3-8 hours. If you don’t achieve the desired results, repeat the process while increasing dosage slowly. 


Slow and steady wins the race and moderation is the key. We are living in a new dawn where variety truly can be the spice of life. The adult use recreational cannabis market is a wonderful thing, but remember, enjoy responsibly and ask your RiverBluff budtender if you’re not sure! We hope this will help those the newcomers to cannabis culture and hopefully make their first experience a little smoother