The Best Strains for Beginners

Cannabis already has a rather shaky reputation as it is and more often than not, having a bad first experience is sometimes going to be enough to make one want to steer clear of cannabis for good. Most of the time, the reason for one wanting to avoid cannabis has to do with the paranoid, anxious side effects that are associated with THC. Many of today’s strains have THC levels that tend to hover around the 20% to 25% mark, but there are also plenty of beginner-friendly strains out there whose effects aren’t as overwhelming.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the best cannabis strains for beginners.


We begin our list with the Sativa-dominant Harlequin. This hybrid is renowned for having decent amounts of CBD. Its CBD to THC ratio of 5:2 makes it one of the most reliable and effective strains for treating anxiety and pain as CBD has properties that can counteract the paranoia-inducing effects of THC while improving its painkilling properties at the same time. The flavor of this strain is reminiscent of sweet mangoes with hints of an earthy musk with notes of citrus. The thing that makes Harlequin such a favorite for beginners is its ability to make one feel relaxed without causing drowsiness and to relieve without signs of intoxication.


If you’re a fan of AC/DC or just a metalhead in general, then this strain would be perfect for you. Like Harlequin, AC/DC is high on CBD and low on THC making it a nice go-to weed for novice smokers. The CBD to THC ratio of this strain is an astounding 1:20, so you won’t have to worry about it causing any intoxicating side effects.

Tests have gauged AC/DC’s CBD levels to be as high as 19%, meaning it can greatly benefit medical smokers who are looking for some momentary relief from anxiety, stress, pain, multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy’s negative effects. The best part is that one can enjoy all of these benefits with a clear head.

This Sativa-dominant hybrid has an earthy, musky flavor with notes of wood in each puff. Its buzz helps one feel relaxed and euphoric and gives one a boost of energy as well. It is a great strain for those who are looking to slowly integrate themselves in the 420 world.

Jack Herer

For beginners who are adventurous and want to try a strain with some THC power in it, they will find Jack Herer to be a great choice. Named after the famous pro-cannabis activist, this sativa-dominant strain has modest THC levels at around 17%. It has a happy and energetic high that will make one grin from ear to ear. This marijuana popular strain is great for those who want to do away with their negative thoughts and get plenty of work done during the day.

It is also used for treating anxiety, depression, nausea, pain, and appetite loss. Its moderate THC levels mean it will not set off some of the weed’s negative side effects such as paranoia and anxiety. It might not be one of the cheapest cannabis strains, but it can sure give value for your buck, especially if you’re a beginner.


Plushberry is another strain with moderate THC levels that will help ease beginners into the THC experience minus the overwhelming high. This indica-heavy strain tastes like sweet berries mixed with candies. This flavor is accompanied by hints of flowers that make for a deliciously fragrant smoking experience.

The strain’s high makes one feel drowsy and induces the munchies, which will make one crave for just about any food available. It is also known for causing feelings of happiness and arousal.

Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush is an original landrace strain that is purely Indica. It is a nice strain to start with for newbies, but caution must be observed as it is a bit more potent. Beginners should take it slow when puffing in this weed as its smoke can be a bit harsh and cough-inducing. The flavor profile is a bit complex as it tastes like a cocktail of incense, spice and herbs.

It can make one feel relaxed, happy and sedated meaning it won’t cause one to freak out like some of the other stronger strains out there.

Blue Dream

This strain is an all-time favorite and is arguably the most popular strain in all of America. Just type “marijuana popular strains” on Google and you can bet that its name will appear in the results. Blue Dream has a moderate THC content and packs a very tasty flavor profile. When puffing this strain, expect to taste hints of blueberries, sweet berries, and sugar that will linger around your tongue after the exhale.

Despite its name, Blue Dream does not cause couch lock. Instead, users will feel happy, relaxed, energetic and creative once this weed unleashes its magic. The strain is great for beginners as it does not have a pungent scent and is not overly powerful.

If you want to try smoking weed for the first time without having any negative first impressions, then you can’t go wrong with any of the strains on this list. Just make sure to smoke in moderation and avoid puffing more than you can handle.