Getting Social with Cannabis: What You Need to Know
Loosen up after a year of lockdowns with cannabis as the social lubricant
Is cannabis the new alcohol? Perhaps! In the last couple of years, cannabis has become the go-to choice for parties, BBQs, family reunions, and pretty much every other social event in Seattle you can think of.
With marijuana delivery in Washington widely available, it’s now easy to get your hands on a social strain of weed instead of a case of beer. If you’re considering trading your cans for cannabis this weekend, here’s what you need to know to get started.
Why Different Cannabis Strains Have Different Effects
Cannabis isn’t just one plant. There are hundreds of different strains, each with a unique look, smell, taste, and chemical makeup. For thousands of years, cannabis strains have been bred to have unique properties and affect us differently.
That’s why some strains make us want to make friends with strangers all night, and others will leave us feeling deeply introspective. There are three important ways cannabis strains differ.
Firstly, each strain has a unique cannabinoid profile. Most people are familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). But each strain contains a combination of other cannabinoids like CBN, TCHV, and CBG.
These cannabinoids interact with each other in complex ways. This means each strain has a unique effect on our mind and body, from deeply relaxing to uplifting and energizing.
As well as cannabinoids, all cannabis strains contain chemicals called terpenes. Terpenes are compounds that give plants their scent. And they have other therapeutic benefits, too. Terpenes interact with each other and with cannabinoids to influence how cannabis makes us feel.
There are dozens of terpenes and cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. So, it’s no wonder there are almost infinite ways that cannabis can make us feel. And the reality is, research is only just beginning to understand how these complex effects work.
Finally, the dosage is really important if you’re looking for a social cannabis strain. Too much or too little can have the opposite effect of what you need. Even if you pick a famously social strain and take too much, you could find yourself paranoid and anxious instead.
Our best advice? Start low and go slow. You can always take more if you’re enjoying yourself.
Cannabis for Social Anxiety
Many people who struggle with social anxiety have found cannabis helps them relax and open up in social situations.
It’s not all anecdotal evidence though. Research has found some promising effects of cannabis, in particular CBD, on social anxiety. A 2019 study in Frontiers of Psychology found that CBD significantly reduced social anxiety in teenagers when taken for four weeks.
Another team of researchers investigated the impact of CBD in one of the most anxiety-inducing situations of all: public speaking. They found that people who took CBD before public speaking had fewer symptoms of anxiety and discomfort than those who took a placebo.
If you struggle with social anxiety, it could be worth trying a high-CBD strain to tackle your symptoms before your next big social event. However, be aware that in high doses, or when taken too often, cannabis can actually increase anxiety. Be sure to figure out what works for you.
How To Choose a Social Cannabis Strain
The internet is full of recommendations for social cannabis strains. But there’s a lot of conflicting information out there. Here at Origins, we developed our lifestyles to help our customers understand the different effects of the strains we offer.
By comparing the ratios of different cannabinoids and terpene profiles, our lifestyles give you an easy guide to how a strain might affect you. Our social lifestyle contains dozens of fun strains that customers love for parties and social events.
But the truth is, everyone experiences marijuana strains differently. The compounds interact with our bodies in different ways. So, what works for your best friend might not work for you. The real trick is to experiment with a few recommended strains until you find something you love.
3 Social Strains for Marijuana Delivery
Chocolope is an energizing and social sativa hybrid that’s great for daytime events where you need to keep a clear head. It’ll help you get deep into interesting conversations, and you might find you feel more creative and less stressed.
This indica is a great choice for late-night parties. Wedding Cake relaxes your body while keeping your thoughts active. A sense of euphoria and engagement lends itself well to buzzy venues and big crowds.
Tropical Kush Lemonade
If you miss the feeling of a cold beer in your hand, a cannabis drink is a great choice. This Tropical Kush Lemonade is delicious, refreshing, and delivers a fun, social high. Plus, it’s made right here in Washington.
It’s Time to Get Social with Cannabis
Cannabis is gaining a reputation as a great social stimulant and alternative to alcohol. With countless strains available, all with unique effects, there’s sure to be something out there that works for you.
Whether you struggle with social anxiety, or simply want an uplifting Friday-night buzz, it’s worth experimenting with weed for your next big social event. When you are ordering your next marijuana delivery in Washington, our social strains are worth exploring.