Great Cannabis Options for Beginners in Maryland

It’s an exciting time in Maryland as medical marijuana finally arrives (it’s been legal since 2014). There are plenty of people who are trying cannabis for the first time, or who may only have a few past experiences with pot.

One sour experience from the days of underground weed is enough to make anyone hesitant to try again. Also, many beginners are turned off by the idea of smoking cannabis the traditional (old school) way, and would rather try smokeless methods. Fortunately, with legalization, options are becoming abundant.

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With the rise of cannabis education and product options, you can find something that works for your needs. Remember: Not everyone experiences cannabis the same, and it may take a few tries with various consumption methods to find what works best for you.

If you consider yourself a beginner or a low-tolerance consumer, below I’ve listed six smokeless products sold in Maryland dispensaries that will gently dip your toes into cannabis.

My final piece of advice to you: Budtenders are your friend! They’re patient, experienced, and want to help you help yourself. There’s no such thing as a dumb question. Maryland is new to the cannabis game and our budtenders are ready and willing to help each and every one us navigate this fantastic new territory—no matter what our starting point may be. Enjoy!

Dixie SYNERGY Relief Balm 1:1

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Places to Find It: Remedy Columbia, Greenhouse Wellness, Curio Wellness

If you are seeking relief from pain, a balm is a great place to start. This relief balm with a 1:1 ratio of THC and CBD allows you to apply the balm directly to the affected area, helping to alleviate pain without producing psychoactive effects typically associated with THC.

The Feel Collection Tinctures

Places to Find Them: RISE Bethesda, Silver Spring or RISE Joppa

These oil-based cannabis extracts, each with a unique blend of essential oils, are easy to digest and add into your routine. A marked dropper can be used directly onto your tongue or added to a drink, allowing for precise dosing or even microdosing. You can expect an onset of 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Rythm Vape Cartridges

Places to Find Them: RISE locations (Bethesda, Joppa, Silver Springs), Trilogy Wellness, Herban Legends of Towson, Your Farmacy

If you want more immediate effects, vaporizing is a great discreet and smokeless option. But often the terminology and strain names are enough to intimidate people. Rythm takes this to heart and focuses on the experience or emotion, offering vape cartridges in the following categories: Energize, Balance, Relax, and Heal.

Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Cannabis Patch

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Places to Find Them: Charm City Medicus, Maggie’s, Your Farmacy

These award-winning patches were created to provide accurate and reliable dosing through a discreet and convenient delivery method. The 2”x2” squares can be adhered to any venous part of the skin, providing quick relief that lasts for 8-12 hours.


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Places to Find It: Trilogy Wellness of Maryland, ReLeaf Shop, Blair Wellness Center

If you have concerns about fogginess or paranoia from cannabis, or simply have things to do without the risk of being too high, then LucidMood was designed for you. Their Sippers are incredibly discreet disposable vape pens touting a functional high due to the balance of THC and CBD, along with botanical extracts for a unique flavor.

Verano Chewable Troches

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Places to Find Them: Charm City MedicusHerban Legends of Towson, RISE locations (Bethesda, Joppa, Silver Springs)

Wondering what troches are? You’re not the first. These are brand new to the Maryland market and are gaining quite a buzz for being so affordable. “Troches” is another word for “lozenge,” and the Veranos are chewable. They’re essentially gummies, and the 5mg 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC is a balanced, low-dose spot for beginners to start. Due to these being consumed by mouth (and therefore belly/digestive track), the onset can take 30 minutes to 2 hours.


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