A Beginners' Guide to Weed Knowledge

Even the best weed can disappoint if you don't know what to look for. From different types to THC, here's everything to know about weed.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 06: A bud on a growing marijuana plant is shown at Essence Vegas' 54,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation facility on July 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On July 1, Nevada joined seven other states allowing recreational marijuana use and became the first of four states that voted to legalize recreational sales in November's election to allow dispensaries to sell cannabis for recreational use to anyone over 21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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While there are plenty of veteran potheads out there, not all of us have been rolling up joints since middle school. Even those of us who have been steadily indulging for a while might not actually know anything about weed, whether it's because we were too scared to Google it on our family computer or because we always had a friend who was a plug (and for that, we thank them). As the culture surrounding marijuana use continues to change—Michigan, Missouri, and Utah just passed amendments that ease up on marijuana restrictions—more and more people are toking up. And while we're all for it, it's important to get at least a little educated on it, just like you would with your diet or a new vitamin. 

The amount of information and the lingo can be overwhelming: you might know that words like THC, cannabis, CBD, indica, and sativa are weed-adjacent, but they may not actually mean anything to you. And beyond that, you want to know what to look for; marijuana is a plant, after all, and there are certain characteristics to be cautious of or on the hunt for to ensure that you're getting your money's worth (weed ain't cheap, y'all). Thankfully, we've provided a guide here that not only breaks down the three main "types" of weed, but also some other basics like stem texture and scent. And yes, we even revealed what THC actually stands for—you're welcome. This is your guide to weed, with all of the important stuff you should be looking for. 












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