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When trying cannabis products for the first time, many people are surprised to learn that there are hundreds of different strains and that they all cause slightly different effects.

After trying a few different strains and witnessing firsthand how the effects can vary, people quickly start to understand why choosing the correct strain is so important.

While one strain might cause feelings of energy and motivation, another can trigger an almost sedated state and physical numbness. Given the drastic difference, it’s essential to match the strain to the setting and mood.

Understanding the effects of different strains is key to ensuring that the right effects are achieved, but also so you can avoid strains that may not be suitable for you.

Certain cannabis strains are known for their potency and hard-hitting effects. While this tends to result in these strains being loved by those who are used to cannabis, it can also trigger off-putting effects in those trying cannabis for the first time.

Over time the body builds a tolerance to the compounds found within cannabis products. This is why someone who takes cannabis regularly will likely be able to handle more potent strains and larger doses than someone trying it out for the first time.

Here are the most famous strains that should be avoided by beginners and tips for improving tolerance levels so that these strains can be enjoyed and appreciated with time.

Understanding Tolerance Levels

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The way that the body builds a tolerance level to cannabis is very similar to how the body reacts to other substances such as alcohol and caffeine.

When trying one of these substances for the very first time, the body has to adjust to the feelings that it can create. This is why people trying coffee for the first time might feel a sudden buzz, while someone who drinks the same cup of coffee every day will likely feel very little.

The same is true for alcohol tolerance levels and explains why some people can seemingly drink all night and appear composed, while others find that one drink is more than enough.

The more the body is exposed to a substance, the more used to that substance it becomes. A higher dosage is therefore required to cause the effects you felt the first time.

The same tolerance-building process happens with cannabis and is why certain strains can cause overwhelming and disorienting effects in people who have little to no tolerance. Many other factors affect a person’s tolerance level, such as weight, metabolism, and whether they have recently eaten. So it is also important to consider these when choosing cannabis strains.

The best way to build a tolerance and enjoy potent cannabis strains is to use them regularly. Starting with products like pure CBD gummies containing relatively mild CBD strains can be a good way to build a tolerance without causing drastic effects.

Over time, the body will be able to handle high doses and more potent strains, leading to enjoyable effects rather than simply feeling overwhelmed.

So, what are the strains that are so potent they should be avoided by people trying cannabis for the first time?


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Strains of Cannabis to Avoid for First Time Users

#1 – Irish Cream

Irish Cream is a strain that has been specifically cultivated to have a high THC content and cause strong effects. A cross between Cookies & Cream and Real McCoy, Irish Cream has a THC content of 27%.

Irish Cream is a great strain for a relaxing afternoon at home for those who are used to stronger strains. The initial effects cause feelings of calm and a desire to be social and chatty. As the effects start to settle, a wave of sedation sets in, often causing users to drift off into a deep sleep.

Irish Cream is enjoyed as a recreational strain for a chill night in, setting a mellow mood that ends in restful sleep. The strain is also popular for reducing the effects of stress and anxiety. It can also be helpful as a medicinal strain to manage chronic pain.

While the effects of Irish Cream might sound appealing, they are not ideal for those trying cannabis for the first time. Rather than a relaxed few hours of calm before drifting into a peaceful sleep, people with a low tolerance level are more likely to find themselves in a state of complete sedation.

#2 – Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey is another strain that has been cultivated from Cookies and Cream, which, in this instance, has been crossed with Gorilla Glue.

The shared ancestry of Cookies and Cream results in Grease Monkey sharing many of the same deeply calming effects as Irish Cream. However, Grease Monkey has an average THC content of 31% making it even stronger than its cousin.

The powerful effects of Grease Monkey make it popular as a medicinal strain, and it is often used to treat insomnia and chronic pain. It can also be taken to help people suffering from a loss of appetite.

People trying cannabis for the first time should be cautious of Grease Monkey, however, as it does not take much for the sedative effects to hit quickly and intensely. Feelings of hunger and euphoria can suddenly turn to drowsiness and difficulty staying awake.

#3 – 99 Problems

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99 Problems is a sativa-dominant strain with an average THC content of 30%, cultivated to be an energetic strain that is uplifting and motivating. A cross between Stardawg and White 99, this strain can be great for busy summer days, providing an extra burst of energy and creativity.

The fruity aroma of 99 Problems can easily trick novices into thinking that it will provide a causal high perfect for a fun day out with friends. This is very much not the case, and for people who are trying cannabis for the first time, the high THC content can turn what should be an uplifting high into an anxiety-filled few hours.

Being a sativa-dominant strain, 99 Problems hits hard with a sudden feeling of energy and can cause a sudden sense of anxiety and fear. The chances of such adverse effects are increased for people who have not built up a tolerance to so much THC entering their system.

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If you’re brave enough to try 99 Problems, it is best to start with a very low dose to minimize the intense feelings it can cause.

#4 – Wedding Crasher

Wedding Crasher is a hybrid strain with an average THC content of 21-25%. It’s a cross between Purple Punch and Wedding Cake.

Despite being a hybrid, the effects of Wedding Crasher are much closer to a sativa than a hybrid. The strain is mostly used for improving motivation and focus. People often find that they can focus intensely on even the most boring of tasks after just a few puffs of Wedding Crasher.

The combination of energy and focus that Wedding Crasher offers, however, makes it less than ideal for beginners. Wedding Crasher can easily result in a person becoming lost in their own mind spiraling through their thoughts and disconnected from those around them.

Conclusion on Strains of Cannabis to Avoid for First Time Users

When trying cannabis for the first time, it is best to stick with social strains that aren’t too anxiety-inducing. You can always work your way up.

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