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A Beginner’s Guide to Flower

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Do you want to learn more about cannabis? Are you interested in consuming cannabis, but you just don’t know where to start? Here at North, our team of experts is here to guide you through the many different forms of cannabis to help find the best solution for you. From extracts to tinctures, there are countless cannabis products that you can use to achieve your desired therapeutic results. For now, let’s just keep things simple and begin with the most popular form of cannabis.

Flower, it’s been smoked for thousands of years for spiritual, medicinal, and recreational use. This blog will explain precisely what flower is, how to differentiate between different strains, and how to smoke it. So, sit back and relax because we’re here to help you learn, understand, and appreciate the things cannabis can do for you.   

What Is Flower?

Flower is the dried buds harvested directly from the cannabis plant. Depending on who you’re talking to, some people refer to flower as weed, pot, ganja, bud, or grass. It’s exceptionally versatile and comes in narrow and broad leaf varieties and a hybrid of the two. Typically, the flower is ground up and smoked by using pipes, bongs, and joints. Don’t worry. We’ll go into more detail later about the different methods of consuming flower. For now, let’s talk about the different cultivars.

Choosing The Right Cultivar

Cultivars are different varieties of cannabis within the plant family. There are three types of cultivars: Narrow-leaf, broad-leaf, and hybrid varieties. These three categories are further divided into specific strains. Its particular chemical make-up characterizes each strain. The balance of cannabinoids and terpenes will dictate flavor, aroma, and how potent the strain will be.

Narrow-leaf varieties, or Sativa, are often described as more stimulating, cerebral, active, and creative than BLV. NLV cultivars generally provide an upbeat, daytime consumption experience that inspires and stimulates. That’s why many users tend to use these strains in tandem with exercise.

Broad-leaf varieties, or Indica varieties, are said to be more physically sedating. Experts say it can promote relaxation and feelings of well-being. These products are exceptional for calming down, de-stressing, and promoting restful sleep. These strains can be popular with cancer patients as they can stimulate appetite and reduce pain.

Hybrids are a combination of both NLV and BLV. Hybrids are great options for finding a comfortable middle ground on the cannabis cultivar spectrum because it combines the euphoric, uplifting effects of NLV cultivar with the relaxing, calming aspects of a BLV cultivar.

When choosing the right flower, or strain, for yourself, make sure to look for the THC percentage. All products bought from a licensed, legal dispensary should have been lab-tested to know how much THC and CBD are in each strain. Experts like to separate THC levels into three groups:

  1. 10% THC or less-the flower is mild; suitable for beginners
  2. 10%-20% THC-strong for beginners and just right for casual users
  3. 20% and above-some of the most potent flower you’ll find

Consuming Flower

The most popular way to consume flower is to smoke it. Smoked cannabis offers a fast onset. Meaning you’ll feel the effects of it within minutes. With that in mind, beginners should be careful with flower consumption. We recommend that you take one puff or hit, wait fifteen minutes, and then take another if you feel that is a good choice for yourself. It’s best to start slow. Keep in mind, you can always smoke more, but once you’ve smoked it, you can’t stop the effects.

Smoking Joints and Blunts

When smoking a joint or blunt, you’ll need a grinder, some rolling papers, or blunt wrap. If you are rolling a joint, all you need are rolling papers, a grinder, and a lighter. Use the grinder to deduce the flower to a smaller size. Place a small amount of ground flower in the rolling paper and roll the joint. Light one end, and you’re ready to go. Apply the same concept to blunts and the blunt wrap.  However, rolling a joint or blunt takes practice, and if you’re new to cannabis, there’s no shame in purchasing pre-rolls or pre-rolled joints and bunts.

Smoking Pipes and Bongs

A pipe is one of the most straightforward ways to smoke flower. They’re small and compact, and easy to use. This makes them ideal for traveling or discreet use. To use one, simply pack small pieces of flower into a bowl and gently light using a lighter.

Bongs are ideal for those who want to tone down the heat and harshness of the hit. Simply fill the bong chamber with just enough water to cover the end of the down stem. Pack the bowl with ground flower. Position your mouth over the mouthpiece and light the flower in the bowl. At this point, you’ll want to inhale through your mouth. This will pull the smoke through the water and into your mouth. When you finish, make sure to empty your bowl and clean your bong so it’s ready for the next time you use it.

Vaping

Besides using a pipe, vaping is considered one of the easiest methods of smoking weed without papers. It’s also good to know that vaporizing flower is potentially one of the healthiest consumption methods because you avoid inhaling smoke altogether. People also often choose to vape over other forms of consumption because it makes the dosage of THC easier to control and the effects, typically, feel less jolting than more traditional means of getting high. A vape works by heating your dried flower to the point that it activates the THC and CBD within the plant, but it won’t make it so hot as to combust the cannabis into smoke.

Cannabis Flower-A Review

To review, flower is the raw product of the cannabis plant. It comes in various forms, such as narrow-leaf, broad-leaf, and hybrid varieties. These varieties are broken down into different strains, which are characterized by their chemical profile.

When deciding which flower to choose, always look for the THC percentage on the package. This will give you an idea of what to expect from one puff or hit of joint, pipe, bong, or vape.

As mentioned, there are several different ways to consume flower. You can smoke it through more traditional methods like joints, blunts, pipes, and bogs. Or you can consume it through a vaporizer.

Head North!

Do you have a medical card? Are you looking for a reliable way to find the right products just for you? Well, North Dispensaries sounds like the place for you. We offer various products, including flower, concentrates, edibles, and vaporizers. We also offer various accessories that you could need for your medical cannabis. Stop by today, or order online, and we’ll deliver! Follow this link for information about our hours and delivery service. Go North today and feel better tomorrow. We promise to be here for all your medical cannabis needs.