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Top 5 Cannabis Strains For Beginner Smokers & Growers (2020)

New to weed? In this article, we shine a light on the best cannabis strains for beginner smokers and growers in 2020, including productive autoflowers, balanced CBD strains, and much more.

Best cannabis strains for beginner growers and smokers.

  • 1. Balanced THC:CBD strains — ideal for beginner smokers
  • 2. Autoflowering strains — ideal for beginner growers
  • 3. Feminized photoperiod strains — a great step up from autoflowers
  • 4. Quick tips for beginner cannabis users
  • 4.a. Smoking
  • 4.b. Vaping
  • 4.c. Edibles
  • 1. Balanced THC:CBD strains — ideal for beginner smokers
  • 2. Autoflowering strains — ideal for beginner growers
  • 3. Feminized photoperiod strains — a great step up from autoflowers
  • 4. Quick tips for beginner cannabis users
  • 4.a. Smoking
  • 4.b. Vaping
  • 4.c. Edibles

Recreational cannabis use is all about having a good time. That said, weed has gotten really strong, making it a little overwhelming for novice users or those who haven’t gotten high for a while. Growing weed can also be tricky, as some strains are hard to control or take a long time to flower. For these reasons, some may be intimidated by the idea of cultivating or smoking their own cannabis. But there’s no reason to fear cannabis—you just have to go about things the right way.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to the best strains for beginner smokers and growers, from low-THC varieties and autoflowers right on through to more potent photoperiod strains.

BALANCED THC:CBD STRAINS — IDEAL FOR FOR BEGINNER SMOKERS

THC can produce some unpleasant side effects like anxiety, paranoia, nausea, and more. For people new to cannabis, a single bad experience can be enough to keep them off weed for quite some time, if not forever.

Somewhat unfortunately, most of the strains on the market today have been bred to produce extremely high concentrations of THC. For beginner smokers, this can be very overwhelming. Hence, if you’re new to cannabis or haven’t consumed it for some time, we recommend easing your way back into it with balanced ratios of THC and CBD.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second-most commonly found compound in cannabis. Unlike THC, it doesn’t produce intoxicating effects. Instead, the effects of CBD appear more holistic. Plus, due to the entourage effect—chemical synergy between cannabis compounds—CBD may also help curb some of the negative side effects of THC.

Below, we’ll take a closer look at Stress Killer Automatic, one of our favourite balanced THC:CBD strains.

STRESS KILLER AUTOMATIC CBD

Stress Killer Automatic CBD is one of our most balanced autoflowers. A cross between Lemon Shining Silver Haze, Juanita la Lagrimosa, and ruderalis, this strain boasts a clear and functional high, an excellent aroma, and super-easy grow traits.

With 11% THC and high levels of CBD, Stress Killer Automatic CBD is anything but overwhelming. Its effects kick in subtly and will leave you alert, focused, and with a clear head. If you’re new to enjoying cannabis, this strain is a great entry point; it also serves as a fabulous daytime smoke that won’t adversely impact productivity.

Stress Killer Automatic CBD’s aroma is very reminiscent of Lemon Shining Silver Haze, featuring big citrus aromas mixed with earthy, spicy, woody, and slightly sweet undertones characteristic of a quality Haze. It’s also a very versatile strain that is super easy to grow both indoors and out, making it a great option for new, inexperienced growers with little to no equipment.

Stress Killer Automatic
Lemon Shining Silver Haze x Juanita la Lagrimosa x Ruderalis
450 – 500 2
90 – 140
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 11%(aprox.) / CBD: High
60% Sativa, 30% Indica, 10% Ruderalis
110 – 160 g/per plant (dried)
120 – 160 cm
10–11 weeks after planting
Clear High, Mental Focused
Stress Killer Automatic
Lemon Shining Silver Haze x Juanita la Lagrimosa x Ruderalis
450 – 500 2
90 – 140
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 11%(aprox.) / CBD: High
60% Sativa, 30% Indica, 10% Ruderalis
110 – 160 g/per plant (dried)
120 – 160 cm
10–11 weeks after planting
Clear High, Mental Focused
WHY STRESS KILLER AUTOMATIC CBD?

• 11% THC, high levels of CBD
• Focused, clear-headed high
• Relaxing without being sedating
• Strong citrus aroma
• Good yields of up to 500g/m² indoors or 160g/plant outdoors

AUTOFLOWERING STRAINS — IDEAL FOR BEGINNER GROWERS

Autoflowering cannabis strains once had a bad rap, mainly because the first autoflowers to hit the market produced poor yields and pretty substandard bud. But thanks to major advances in weed breeding, that has all changed.

Today, autoflowers are giving their photoperiod cousins a serious run for their money, delivering excellent yields of top-shelf bud. Plus, if you’re a beginner grower, autoflowers are hard to beat in terms of ease.

Thanks to ruderalis genetics, autoflowering strains flower automatically based on age, rather than a change in their light cycle. They also reach notably smaller sizes, making them easier to manage and less likely to attract unwanted attention.

If you’re a beginner grower looking for strains that are easy to grow but still capable of delivering a great harvest, check out Haze Berry Automatic and Royal Jack Automatic below.

HAZE BERRY AUTOMATIC

Haze Berry Automatic is an 80% sativa-dominant autoflower that combines the genetics of two legendary strains: Haze Berry and Blueberry Auto. With roughly 13% THC and a complex mix of terpenes—including the forest-fresh pinene—this strain pleases with exceptional flavour and a relaxing high that’s very easy to manage.

We love Haze Berry Automatic for a number of reasons; first and foremost, it smells and tastes great. Dried and cured, these buds exude an overwhelmingly sweet aroma that combines berry notes with hints of herbs, spice, and incense. Secondly, Haze Berry Automatic produces a nice, calming high that’s great to enjoy at any time of day. Like Stress Killer Automatic CBD, this strain is a nice entry point for beginner smokers or those who haven’t used cannabis in a long time.

Finally, what really sets Haze Berry Automatic apart is its incredible grow traits. These plants are super easy to manage (reaching heights of 90–140cm) and take just 14 weeks from seed to harvest. If you’re a rookie grower, this strain can reward you with some excellent bud, both indoors and under the sun, with minimal effort.

Haze Berry Automatic
Haze Berry x Blueberry Auto
350 – 400 g/m 2
90 – 130 cm
8 – 9 weeks
THC: 13% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Sativa 65%, Indica 30%, Ruderalis 5%
100 – 150 g/per plant (dried)
80 – 130 cm
10–11 weeks after sprouting
Extremely high, long-lasting, body relaxing
Haze Berry Automatic
Haze Berry x Blueberry Auto
350 – 400 g/m 2
90 – 130 cm
8 – 9 weeks
THC: 13% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Sativa 65%, Indica 30%, Ruderalis 5%
100 – 150 g/per plant (dried)
80 – 130 cm
10–11 weeks after sprouting
Extremely high, long-lasting, body relaxing
WHY HAZE BERRY AUTOMATIC?

• 13% THC
• Relaxing, subtle high for any time of day
• Rich, sweet berry aroma
• Super easy to grow
• Good yields of up to 350–400g/m² indoors or 150g/plant outdoors.

ROYAL JACK AUTOMATIC

Jack Herer needs little introduction. This epic sativa-dominant hybrid, named after the author of the cult book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, has become a favourite smoke the world over. To create Royal Jack Automatic, we crossed an exceptional Jack Herer phenotype with ruderalis, culminating in a variety that boasts simple grow traits and top-tier bud.

Unlike the other strains we’ve listed so far, Royal Jack Automatic features slightly higher THC levels (roughly 16%). But don’t let that scare you; this strain is still very manageable for beginner smokers. Its high is defined by an uplifting, inspiring euphoria—reminiscent of the original Jack Herer—coupled with a nice, relaxing physical stone. Its aroma puts forth big herbal notes coupled with pepper and spices, courtesy of the terpene beta-caryophyllene.

In the grow room or garden, Royal Jack Automatic is an absolute breeze. After vegging for roughly 3–4 weeks, plants automatically enter the flowering phase. After 6 weeks of flowering, they will be packed with big, resinous buds. This strain is easy to feed, doesn’t require trimming or training, and is resistant to pests and plagues, making it ideal for rookie weed gardeners.

Royal Jack Automatic
Jack Herer x Ruderalis
350 – 400 g/m 2
40 – 80 cm
6 – 7 weeks
THC: 16% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
40% Sativa, 30% Indica, 30% Ruderalis
70 – 120 g/per plant (dried)
60 – 80 cm
9 – 10 weeks after planting
A motivating and inspiring feeling
Royal Jack Automatic
Jack Herer x Ruderalis
350 – 400 g/m 2
40 – 80 cm
6 – 7 weeks
THC: 16% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
40% Sativa, 30% Indica, 30% Ruderalis
70 – 120 g/per plant (dried)
60 – 80 cm
9 – 10 weeks after planting
A motivating and inspiring feeling
WHY ROYAL JACK AUTOMATIC?

• 16% THC
• Mild high that combines cerebral euphoria with physical relaxation
• Strong herbal aroma with hints of pepper and spice
• Good yields of 400g/m² indoors or 70–120g/plant outdoors

FEMINIZED PHOTOPERIOD STRAINS — A GREAT STEP-UP FROM AUTOFLOWERS

If you’re new to cannabis, you don’t need to avoid photoperiod strains altogether. There are many photoperiod strains out there that produce moderate effects and are easy enough to grow, even for beginners.

Unlike autoflowers, feminized photoperiod strains flower based on a change in their light cycle. They take longer to flower and usually require some training to reach their full potential.

However, there are many benefits to growing photoperiod strains. Thanks to their longer life cycle, they can recover from stress like over/underfeeding, broken branches, and under/overwatering. Plus, by using training techniques like LST , topping, or FIM, you can push photoperiod strains to produce much larger yields than autoflowers.

If you want more control over your grow, check out the feminized strains below.

PINEAPPLE KUSH

Pineapple Kush brings together some killer genetics. A cross between Pineapple and OG Kush, our Pineapple Kush serves up big tropical flavours and aromas, plenty of THC, and a nice cerebral high.

With 18% THC, Pineapple Kush produces a relaxing effect combined with uplifting euphoria. Unlike its OG Kush parent (regarded for its high THC content and strong sedative-like effects), Pineapple Kush has a much more balanced effect that’s great for enjoying after a long day at work, when relaxing with friends, or while watching your favourite movie. Its aromas and flavours are very sweet and tropical, although you might also detect hints of mint, vanilla, and even caramel.

Pineapple Kush is a great entry point for growers looking to crop their first photoperiod strain. Plants reach heights of about 70–120cm indoors and up to 180cm outdoors. They respond extremely well to training and LST, and, with a flowering time of about 8 weeks, they also have the ability to recover from stress should you make any mistakes during your grow. Come harvest, Pineapple Kush will reward you with large, dense buds covered in a frosty layer of trichomes. If you’re looking to step up your game both as a smoker and grower, this strain is perfect.

Pineapple Kush
Pineapple x O.G. Kush
500 – 550 g/m 2
70 – 120 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
20% Sativa, 80% Indica
500 – 550 g/per plant (dried)
120 – 180 cm
Late September
Very sweet kush, up high with stoned effect
Pineapple Kush
Pineapple x O.G. Kush
500 – 550 g/m 2
70 – 120 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
20% Sativa, 80% Indica
500 – 550 g/per plant (dried)
120 – 180 cm
Late September
Very sweet kush, up high with stoned effect
WHY PINEAPPLE KUSH?

• 18% THC
• Sweet, tropical fruit aroma and flavour
• Relaxing yet euphoric, mainly cerebral high
• Big, dense, resinous buds
• Great for inexperienced growers looking to move beyond autoflowers
• Good yields of up to 550g/m² indoors and 550g/plant outdoors

LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE

Haze varieties are treasured by cannabis smokers and growers all around the world. Unfortunately, they can be hard to manage due to their size, propensity to stretch, and extremely long flowering time. Luckily, our Lemon Shining Silver Haze takes some of the hassle out of growing a Haze.

The effects of this strain are by far the most intense on this list. You can expect a sudden onset of cerebral euphoria coupled with a rise in motivation, creativity, and alertness. If you like to smoke in the morning or while doing something creative, this strain is a great choice. The effects of Lemon Shining Silver Haze tend to last 2–3 hours, and its THC level is around 21%. Its terpene profile—fronted by the citrusy limonene—delivers a strong and sweet citrus aroma with hints of spice, earth, and herbs.

In the grow room, Lemon Shining Silver Haze likes a little extra TLC. Nonetheless, it is still very easy to grow, especially for a Haze. LSSH flowers in just 8–9 weeks, reaches heights of 80–140cm indoors and up to 170cm outdoors, and, come harvest time, will reward you with yields of up to 475g/m² indoors and 500g/plant outdoors.

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Growing Marijuana:

A s you may know, the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana across several states has enabled many consumers to become accustomed to purchasing cannabis from a dispensary. Even more intriguing though is the opportunity that legalization has created for adults and medical patients to cultivate cannabis in their own homes.

While the laws, limitations and regulations are different for each state, almost every state with some form of legalized marijuana does allow home cultivation to some extent. Even though it’s completely legal, some people do not take advantage of their right to grow cannabis due to the perception that it is too difficult, expensive or time-consuming.

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Don’t let the lack of ambition from others discourage you though. If done correctly, growing cannabis at home can be fun, simple and cost-effective! We believe everyone should have access to their own clean cannabis. That’s why we decided to bring you a comprehensive guide to growing marijuana, created specifically with beginner growers in mind.

With essential grow knowledge, you’ll learn the benefits and tips of different grow methods, how to maximize plant yields and grow times, the best harvesting, drying, curing methods and much more! Who’s ready to start their cannabis growing journey?

Part 1 – Understanding Marijuana Grow Mediums

Deep Water Culture Hydroponics

Before starting your cannabis grow, you must decide if you want an indoor growing system or an outdoor growing system. When it comes to indoor growing mediums, DWC, or deep water culture, is a type of hydroponic growing method where each plant’s roots are growing in a tub of water.

One of the main benefits of a DWC system is that it promotes faster growth. Unlike growing cannabis in soil, roots grown in DWC don’t need to expend energy to search for what the plant needs; nutrients are easily accessible by the roots.

Plants have an unlimited supply of oxygen because of added oxygen from the air stone in the reservoir. Since the plant is spending less energy finding what it needs to grow, it channels that energy to plant growth. In addition, with proper guidance and a quality set up, DWC takes less time to maintain than an average grow.

When implementing a DWC system, a bubbler bucket reservoir system is recommended.

A bubbler bucket reservoir is a simple system that suspends the plant’s roots in a highly oxygenated nutrient solution. The roots are submerged in the nutrient-water solution in the bucket and are then replenished, as needed.

The most important growing tip is to check on your cannabis plants daily. As with many processes, the easiest way to fix a problem is in the beginning stages! If something is wrong with your plant in a DWC system, your first step in remedying your plant should always be to change out the reservoir. It is common for root rot to occur when roots are consistently in water, therefore, it is imperative to establish a preventative routine of changing out the reservoir every seven days. Adding beneficial bacteria to the reservoir is also effective in avoiding and combating root rot.

When growing from seeds in DWC, use each reservoir port (or net cup) to vegetate, then pick the strongest looking females to continue growing.

Keeping air and water temperatures under control are also very important measures to take. Air temperature should be 75-85°F when the lights are on and will drop by 10 degrees when the lights are off. Water temperature should remain at a constant temperature at all times. Your empty portholes can be used to change out the reservoir water by using a pump, allowing you to easily inspect what’s going on inside.

A common mistake to avoid when growing with DWC is not checking the pH levels of the water. This is important for any grow! Dirty reservoirs or not using an aerator 24/7 are two additional crucial mistakes, as roots must have excessive oxygen so they don’t drown. While some people like to maintain a completely sterile reservoir with just nutrients and water and no traces of anything alive, there are some good sources of beneficial bacteria that can be added. Bad bacteria is obviously, bad, but we wanted to emphasize the possibility of bacteria that can benefit your grow. To avoid potentially harmful bacteria, be proactive about changing the reservoir water.

In addition, having too many plants in one reservoir can lead to problems such as white powdery mildew. Don’t cramp your plants, instead, we recommend growing one plant per reservoir to allow the roots to spread out and give the leaves and buds more space.

Setting up a water transfer pump for this task can speed up the process. For best results, learn how to flush your cannabis plants.

Flushing your plants by removing any nutrients and salts improves the quality and taste of your final product. By simply draining your bubbler bucket reservoir and adding plain (pH neutral) water for two-three days before harvest, the plant will use all its existing nutrients contained in the stems, leaves and buds.

Growing Cannabis with Coco Coir

Coco coir is another great growing method, especially for beginners. It provides the ease of soil gardening with the rapid growth of hydroponics by using fibrous coconut husks instead of a potting mix. Compared to just soil growing, it absorbs moisture much easier, allowing plants to take up more nutrients and retain oxygen more efficiently because of its lighter texture. It also provides a forgiving buffer by reducing shock stress when human errors are made, such as adding too many nutrients, a common mistake.

Coco is much easier to flush than DWC because you aren’t changing an entire water reservoir. In fact, watering coco coir is very versatile. You can use a flood and drain hydroponic system, which is when the nutrient system temporarily floods from beneath the plant, controlled by a pump and timer, instead of dripping from above like most hydroponic systems. You can also use the most recognized top water to waste system, which is simply taking a water pail and watering your plant until water comes out of the bottom of the pot.

When growing cannabis with coco, good quality coco coir makes an immense difference, especially regarding root development. For beginner growers, a three-to-one coco to perlite mixture is recommended as it requires less watering frequency and holds moisture and nutrients better.

For more experienced growers, a one-to-one coco to perlite ratio is recommended as you are able to water more frequently, giving the plant more nutrient uptake and allowing more aggressive root growth.

With coco, water around the outside of the pot in early stages of growth to encourage roots to reach out and fill up the entire container.

Some common mistakes can occur when growing with coco if a grower allows the coco to get too dry, as the mixture dries quickly. Not checking the pH of the nutrient-water solution and not flushing on a consistent basis are also critical errors, as you are using more nutrients with coco and the excess residual nutrients can cause common nutrient deficiency symptoms.

It’s also very important to use Cal-Mag, or Calcium and Magnesium, in your coco growing medium. Calcium plays a direct role in a plant’s root development, nutrient uptake and protein synthesis. Magnesium is an essential part of chlorophyll production, helping your plants with photosynthesis, as well as aiding in the synthesis of sugars and proteins. Together, the correct amount of magnesium and calcium will help keep your cannabis plant healthy.

Outdoor Growing

Outdoor soil growing is a common gardening technique that most people with house plants or vegetable gardens are familiar with. Using techniques such as top-fed watering, deep irrigation or wicks are all viable methods to water your plants. You can either use organic, composted soil, or store-bought soil with added liquid nutrients.

To make organic soil, you need a mixture of biolive, alfalfa meal, oyster shell for calcium, blood meal and bone meal, humic acid to keep the roots clean, and kelp. With store bought soil, use organic nutrients and start adding them about three weeks into the vegetative stage. With synthetic nutrients, you must flush them out regularly. Flood the soil with as much fresh water as it can withstand and leave it for a few minutes to allow the nutrients to be picked up, then flood it again to get the nutrients away from the plant.

Always remember, less is more with non-organic nutrients. If you are adding nutrients, a good rule-of-thumb is to add them about once a week.

A benefit to outdoor soil growing is that if you have a good base-soil built up, it’s not necessary to add nutrients throughout the plant’s life cycle. That means less work for you! It is also likely that the smell and flavor profiles of your buds will increase as well.

A common mistake when growing outdoors is overwatering. Wait to water your plants until the first three inches or so, or about knuckle depth, of soil is dry. You can gauge your soil by pulling the container it is in slightly outwards. Not checking the pH after mixing nutrients, or using nutrients too frequently are also common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.

Don’t use miracle grow or other similar slow release soils. Your plants will not get the correct amount of nitrogen needed during vegetation and they will receive too much nitrogen during flowering.

Part 2: Learning Cannabis Grow and Plant Maintenance Techniques

Growers have recorded a plethora of marijuana growing techniques over the years to ensure you make the most of your crop. If you want to maximize yield and maximize the amount of light your cannabis plant receives, it is important to practice bending and securing parts of the plant, or removing parts of the plant altogether. While there are many different methods, it is important to note which ones will be the most sustainable for your growing medium.

Bending & Securing Your Cannabis Plants

Screen of Green (ScrOG)

One technique for bending and securing parts of marijuana plants is ScrOG, or Screen of Green. ScrOG is perfect for an indoor grower who is only growing a small number of plants. In places like Colorado, for example, this method is ideal as the legal growing limit is three flowering plants at a time.

ScrOG is designed to optimize the energy from a light by creating an even canopy space where bottom growth of the plant is forced upward to form a flat canopy. By spreading out the canopy and growing the plant horizontally until a few weeks into the flowering stage, more main cola budding sites will take place. The canopy of one plant can be grown as large as a four-foot canopy.

New to growing cannabis? Don’t worry, our beginner’s guide to growing marijuana will help you through the process. From seed to harvest, we have you covered with tips, tricks and step-by-step procedures.