A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis in Michigan

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By Jessica Strachan

September 13, 2023

Are you a complete newbie when it comes to doobies? We’ve got advice—and recommended products—just for you.

MICHIGAN–So, you’re just diving into the wonderful world of cannabis, huh?

Here’s our biggest tip: start with cannabis products—flower, tinctures, edibles, or low-dose vape pens—with an equal THC to CBD ratio. These are the two main and most talked about compounds when it comes to marijuana. This can be a game-changer, especially if you’re new to cannabis or want a more balanced and predictable experience. 

These options will help you ease into the effects and give you more control over your experience.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

    1. Reduced intensity: CBD (cannabidiol) is like the chill ambassador of cannabis. This compound calms things down and helps with anxiety. Paired up with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol—the psychoactive stuff), it can mellow out the more intense effects. Perfect for beginners.
    2. Balanced effects: THC and CBD together create a harmonious blend of effects. CBD takes the edge off any potential negatives, like anxiety or getting a bit spacey, while still letting you enjoy the good vibes of relaxation and mild euphoria.
    3. Therapeutic potential: Some folks swear by equal THC to CBD ratios because it’s believed to enhance medicinal benefits. CBD has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and anti-seizure properties. Combined with THC, they might work together to give you some extra relief.
    4. Customized experience: Having equal THC to CBD ratios lets you be the boss of your cannabis experience. It’s a gentler ride, making it easier to find your sweet spot and figure out the dosage that’s just right for you.
    5. Less chance of a bad time: If you’re someone who’s sensitive to THC’s high or are prone to anxiety, going for equal THC to CBD can help you avoid any unpleasant experiences.


Keep in mind that everybody is different. What works for one person might not be the perfect fit for someone else. So, if you’re thinking about trying cannabis with a specific THC to CBD ratio, start low and gradually increase until you find that sweet spot that suits you.

The Michigan Marketplace for Beginners

We’ve got you covered with a roundup of a few Michigan products that fit this bill:

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  • Just a drop: This hemp seed oil offers equal parts THC and CBD plus other benefits. It comes with a nifty and accurate dosage dropper for a sublingual application that you can have more control over than traditional edibles. 

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  • Go-to gummies: For a blissful experience, check out these gummies that offer much more CBD (non-intoxicating) with just a baby dose of THC in each to get a taste of how it feels for you. 

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  • Smoking for the first time: This one often daunts people who aren’t used to the inhale, so here we recommend a CBD-based pre-roll with a trace amount of THC (big emphasis on trace amount). Best part—they come ready to smoke. And with so little THC, the chances of any risks, other than relaxation and a little beginner’s cough, are low.

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  • Kick it up with a green apple vape: Concentrates are definitely considered the next level for consumers. But when you’re ready, this cartridge of delicious tart apple is equal parts THC and CBD – not the typical weed pen that you’ll see knock out an afternoon from a single hit.

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Your First Cannabis Journey

Now that you’ve got your product of choice, we’ll help you map out how it’s done.

First, start with a low dose and take it slow. You need to gauge your tolerance and comfort level. Trust that it’s better to dip your toes in the water instead of diving in headfirst. 

Here’s the scoop on your first cannabis adventure: Depending on factors like the strain, dosage, and environment, you might experience relaxation, heightened senses, a wonky perception of time, and a shift in your mood. Some folks even get the giggles and become super social. But just a heads up—there’s a chance you might feel anxious, paranoid, or uncomfortable, especially if you take larger doses or you’re in a new and unfamiliar setting.

Remember to start with a low dose, get comfy in a safe environment, and if you can, have a trusted friend around. The effects usually last a few hours, so keep hydrated and stock up on snacks. You definitely want to have munchies on hand; trust me on this one.

Oh, and don’t forget that everyone’s experience is unique. So, take it at your own pace and always be aware of your feelings. There’s no need to rush this process (and when you’re ready to kick it up, we’ve got plenty more advice to guide you through).

Now, let’s talk setting. If you’re new to this, pick a place where you feel totally comfy and at ease. Whether it’s your home or a friend’s chill pad, the idea is to minimize anxiety or paranoia. Surround yourself with people you trust and activities that help you relax. Avoid crowded or unfamiliar places because those can amp up any uneasy feelings you might have. Remember, you’re in control of your first cannabis experience.

More Tips If You’re Prone to Paranoia

It’s also important to know what to do if you’re not having the best time. We’ve all been there. Take a deep breath and check out these tips:

    1. Stay calm: Remember, the effects are temporary and will fade away. Relax and know that any unease, nervousness, or discomfort will pass.
    2. Change things up: If you’re feeling anxious or paranoid, switch up your surroundings. Move to a different room or step outside if that makes you feel more at ease.
    3. Stay hydrated and snack it up: Sip on some water and munch on some snacks. It can help take the edge off and keep you grounded.
    4. Breathe deep, breathe calmly: Slow, deep breaths can work wonders for anxiety. Take a moment to practice deep breathing and let the good vibes flow.
    5. Zen activities: Boost your mood by listening to relaxing tunes, watching a soothing movie, or an activity you know will chill you out. Find your zen, my friend.
    6. Talk it out: If you’re with a trusted friend, spill the beans on how you feel. Sometimes, a good chat can make all the difference. Or, keep a notepad or journal handy—you’ll want to check out your real experience after the fact, too. 
    7. Bye-bye booze and caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can give cannabis a turbo boost, which might amp up your experience. So, maybe skip them until you’re more comfortable using cannabis products.
    8. Take a solo break: If you’re with a group and need a timeout, it’s totally cool to find a quiet space for yourself. Sometimes, a little me-time can make things better.
    9.  Nap it off: If it all feels overwhelming, catching some zzzs might help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the world again.


Just remember, we’re all different. If cannabis products containing THC —the plant’s psychoactive component—consistently give you a rough go, maybe it’s not the right choice. You can still explore the many other ways cannabis can be used for self-care.

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