It’s not always easy to be a novice cannabis user in a city known as one of the weed capitals of the US. When you’re surrounded by more experienced users and adult use dispensaries on every corner, you may feel like you’re a little late to the game. Further, visiting a Denver dispensary can be intimidating if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Luckily, each Colorado weed shop (like Local Product!) is staffed with budtenders that are happy to guide you in the right direction.
In addition to asking the right questions, it’s helpful to do your research beforehand to find the strains that are right for you. For your first visit, we’ve done the legwork. Read on to learn about some of the best strains for new Denver marijuana users like you!
Hybrid | 17% THC
A mix of (yep, you guessed it!) Blueberry and Headband, this indica-dominant strain is calming and uplifting, and will have you giggling all night long. Denver’s comedy scene is booming by the way. The best part is, the effects are noticeable but not overwhelming, making this a great pick for new cannabis users.
Reviewers on Leafly.com note that it’s helpful for anxiety relief, and produces a relaxing, peaceful effect without any brain fog or paranoia.
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Sativa | 17% THC; 1% CBG
Also called “JH,” “The Jack,” “Premium Jack,” and “Platinum Jack,” Jack Herer offers a perfect combination of blissful relaxation and clear-headedness. Fans praise the sativa strain for its quality and uplifting effects, echoing a general consensus: this is a strain that will quell your anxiety and make you feel just plain happy.
Writes a Leafly reviewer:
“I am unusually vulnerable to feeling anxiety and paranoia when using cannabis, Jack has never even made me tense. A reliable, calm, and uplifting experience that doesn’t cloud my mind.”
Hybrid | 20.32% THC
Orangeade is known as an easygoing, relaxing strain that’s great for anxiety relief. This hybrid has consistently high ratings, and is described by reviewers on Leafly.com as “a cerebral and calming smoke” and “a great wake and bake strain” for the early morning hours before heading to one of the world’s best ski resorts in the Denver area. Beginners seeking quality flower with a calming, uplifting experience should give this strain a try.
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Hybrid | 24.64% THC
Lilac Diesel #1 is a bit higher on the THC scale, but new smokers need not be intimidated: users say the hybrid offers a “soft, easy high” that’s energizing, but not overly potent. The strain has a stimulating effect that is ideal for hanging out with friends, taking a walk in one of Denver’s spectacular city parks, and spending time outdoors.
As one Local Product reviewer put it, “I was a bit apprehensive due to the percentages but this strain proved to me that there really is more to look for than THC%.”
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Hybrid | 18% THC
Beloved for its tranquil, mood-elevating effects, Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid that offers full-body relaxation. While it is undeniably potent, users agree that the strain is free of any panic-inducing effects and is ideal for beginners.
Reviewers on Leafly.com say it’s helpful for anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders.
Sativa | 5% THC / 9% CBD
A blend of CBD and very low THC content make this strain perfect for introducing new users to the world of cannabis. Described by Leafly as “gently euphoric,” Harlequin provides a lovely combination of relaxation, focus and mood elevation. Moreover, it’s anecdotally known to be one of the best strains for chronic pain relief, stress, and anxiety.
Reviewers report benefits for fibromyalgia, migraines, anxiety disorder and more.