Quoted from jackd104:
Hello. Pot shops will open in Massachusetts this Tuesday I hear. I’ve smoked plenty but never had the retail experience. Just been at mercy of whoever was selling and don’t even know really what I’m getting other than it seems good to me. I want to try a couple different strains for vaporizing, some edibles, and some pre rolled Js. Supposedly there will be budtenders to help pick stuff, but do you guys have any tips? I want one strain for chilling out - music, movies, video games. Another for creativity - writing music, or doing active things. Generally I’ve heard indica for former sativa for latter. Also have heard that’s Mainly marketing and the % thc is biggest factor. I also am wondering if there are such strains that minimize unwanted side effects like munchies, anxiety or pot hangovers. Or if I’m just dreaming. Thanks for any tips for the retail pot newb.
The bud tenders will be your best bet when choosing a strain. In my opinion Indica and Sativa are less marketing ploys than THC in many cases. Bad testing methods can obscure results and high testing bud can still be garbage. Use your old school buying eyes when purchasing. If it looks good and its the strain you are looking for then don't get too hung up on the THC percentage.
Don't leave your new expensive vape pen in a hot area like your car. It will leak. Also make sure your battery voltage is set correctly.
Edibles are best taken slowly in low doses.
Tinctures and sublinguals will have a faster and less subtle effect.
Strains with Haze are a good indicator of Sativa genetics which tend to be uplifting and creative.
Strains with Kush are a good indicator of Indica genetics which tend to be more relaxing and sedative.
You will more than likely encounter quite a few Hybrids which will share genetics of both but tend to lean one way or the other.
Bring plenty of cash. Store will most likely not be taking debit or credit. ATM's can be hard to find near by.
Hope this helps.