For the several months that I have been smoking medical marijuana, I have grown quite accustomed to the herb’s effects and now consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur. I have consumed dozens of strains through a variety of methods, and can honestly stand before you today and proclaim, “I LOVE WEED!”

But with experience comes revelations. When I first started smoking, I wanted the strongest punch my money could buy. Pot is expensive, so why not get the best effects that your money can buy, right?

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was an ignorant thought.

Now that I am smoking more on a regular basis, I have come to realize that a stronger buzz is not necessarily a good thing.

If you are a newbie, this may sound like blasphemy. The point of using medical marijuana is to get the best effects, right? Well sure, but there is such a thing as using too strong of a medicine. Would you use Oxycontin to treat a headache? Of course not, and there is no reason for you to smoke the strongest herb you can find when you are not having symptoms that call for it.

I will admit, I have good days and bad days. On good days I can go without using any medical cannabis to function, and I am mostly normal. But then there are the bad days; days where I can barely get out of bed. I have to struggle to get dressed, tie my shoes and generally just function like a human being. Days like those are when strong marijuana may be necessary just to make it so that pain and discomfort are bearable.

But what about those “in-between” days? If I need something to take my edge off but not knock my socks off and put me to sleep, I generally resort to either a smaller dose of a strong strain, or preferably go to something that is a bit more mellow. This will make things more manageable for me, but still allow me to function without drooling and stumbling over myself.

If you are in the same boat as me and are looking for some less potent strains, I would either do some research online or meet with a local caregiver, who can give you the best advice as to what kind of smokes will not leave you feeling completely mental.

Remember: There is such a thing as too much of a good thing… even if that good thing is marijuana!