Our guide answers nine of the most common questions posed by new Michigan provisioning center customers.

If you’re a Michigander exploring cannabis for the first time, you probably have many questions. 

It’s understandable. 

After all, legal adult-use cannabis is unfamiliar territory for most people. We’re all about making cannabis approachable, healthy, and fun, so we thought it’d help to answer nine of your most common questions.

Marijuana Flower - Timber Dispensary Michigan

1. What are cannabis strains?

There are three traditional cannabis strains: sativa, indica, and hybrid. Many Michigan provisioning center customers consider indica strains relaxing and sedating, sativa strains uplifting and energizing, and hybrid strains a mixture of the two. But things aren’t so simple. 

17th-century researchers identified Cannabis sativa and cannabis indica based on appearance. But a plant’s appearance doesn’t always indicate its effects. What’s more, cannabis breeders have spent decades combining cannabis plants to create at least 779 unique strains, each with different qualities. As a result, today, almost all cannabis varieties are hybrids. 

So if the three traditional classifications don’t tell the whole story, how do I know which strain to buy? 

At our Muskegon provisioning center, we’ve made things easy by categorizing strains based on effects. We have five product categories: Activate, Focus, Restore, Chill, and Dream.

THC and CBD

2. What’s the difference between THC and CBD? 

Cannabis contains over 500 components, including at least 110 cannabinoids. The two most commonly known compounds are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

THC is the plant’s primary psychoactive cannabinoid. It gets you high. But that’s not all it does. THC can also help with insomnia, pain reduction, and more.

CBD, on the other hand, does not get you high. But it can help you manage anxiety and reduce inflammation (and a lot more). 

THC and CBD work well together, and CBD can mitigate some of THC’s side-effects. Our Muskegon provisioning center offers topicals, edibles, and drinkables with different THC to CBD ratios. We make it easy to find the best product for you.

3. How does cannabis work? 

THC and CBD interact with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system keeps our bodies in balance (even though most people don’t know it’s there). 

Throughout the body and nervous system, there are CB1 and CB2 receptors. THC and CBD both interact with these receptors and change the messages sent between neurons. This interaction allows consumers to target the endocannabinoid system therapeutically, providing many benefits for Michigan’s dispensary customers.

4. How is cannabis consumed? 

There’s an ideal cannabis consumption method for every adult Michigander.

Traditionalists love the dried, cured flower of the cannabis plant, which they grind and smoke in a joint, pipe, bong, or vaporizer. 

Concentrates are potent cannabis flower extracts that give an instant, powerful high.

Vaping heats cannabis flower or concentrates without burning the plant matter; it’s discreet and easy on the lungs.

You can also try cannabis-infused foods and drinks (edibles and drinkables). The effects don’t arrive as quickly as smoking or vaping, but the high lasts longer.

People consume tinctures orally. In a tincture, THC and CBD are suspended in an alcohol base and absorbed directly into your bloodstream. The effects can be felt in as little as 15 minutes.

5. How much of an edible should I eat?

Here’s the golden rule for edibles: Start low, go slow. First-timers should start with 1 to 2.5 mg of THC and then wait at least 6 hours before eating more.

When you’re ready, you can try upping the quantity – we suggest no more than 5 mg each time.

6. What should I do if I get too high from consuming cannabis? 

Don’t panic – the feeling will pass.

Try watching TV or listening to music as a distraction. You can also take a nap. You’ll feel refreshed when you wake up!

7. Is cannabis legal in Michigan? 

Yes. Michiganders can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis daily, including up to 15 grams of concentrates, but you should only buy cannabis from a licensed dispensary like Timber Cannabis Co.

You must be 21 or over to buy weed, and you can’t smoke it in public. It’s not legal to take cannabis across state lines, and you should never drive intoxicated.

8. What do I need to bring to the dispensary? 

You’ll need a valid government-issued ID to purchase recreational cannabis and a Medical Cannabis Card to purchase medical marijuana. You’ll also need cash to buy weed from our Michigan provisioning centers – each location has an ATM.

9. What should I expect when I get to the dispensary?

You should expect and anticipate a warm and friendly welcome!