The Blunt Truth: Cannabis Basics

We’re going back to basics! Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or new to the community, we’ve got some Cannabis 101 coming at you. Use this handy guide as a resource to explore all the foundations and basics of cannabis!

Cannabis 101

One of the first steps to starting or reconnecting to your cannabis journey is to get familiar with the effects cannabis can provide and dosage options that might work for you.


Indica: relaxing and calming effects / body-centric high / common for nighttime use

Hybrid: strains that may provide the effects of both Indica and Sativa strains / some strains lean more heavily towards indica or sativa / most strains today are some level of a hybrid blend  

Sativa: energetic and uplifting effects / head-centric high / can be more hallucinogenic / common for daytime use

You can find further info on the entourage effect, how to find your favorite strain, and more on our website


Each person’s endocannabinoid system is unique! That means dosage will vary from one individual to the next. Dosage also depends on how you choose to consume your cannabis. Check out Weedmaps to learn more about specific product dosing and talk to your patient consultant about what the best dosage option might be for you!  


As the cannabis industry grows, options for cannabis consumption continues to expand. Read below about some of the most common expressions of cannabis you can find here at The Prime Leaf!

Edibles – Edibles are an edible expression of cannabis! You can find gummies, chocolate, hard candies, tinctures, capsules and more at The Prime Leaf. Read more about edibles here

Flower – Smoking flower is the original and probably most recognized method of cannabis consumption. Your preference of terpenes, effects, smell, and taste are what can guide you to find your favorite strain. Head over to DankBuds to take a quiz on what strain might be good for you to try!

Concentrates: Cannabis concentrates are becoming increasingly popular in the cannabis community. From vape pens to dabbing, there are so many options for you to explore 

Topicals & Tinctures: Topicals and tinctures can both provide unique benefits. 

Topicals are non-intoxicating, cannabis-infused oils, lotions and balms that are absorbed through the skin that can help relieve localized pain, muscle soreness, tension and inflammation. 

Tinctures are a quick, effective way to consume cannabis without the hassle of smoking, vaping or even eating calories you may not want to eat. Tinctures are an oil or glycerin that has been infused with THC, CBD or both. 

Terpenes, Cannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System

The science of cannabis can get pretty deep. There is a lot more to what makes this plant so beneficial than meets the eye. Despite its rich history of medicinal use, modern research has just started to scratch the surface of what cannabis is capable of. 

Terpenes are the flavor profiles you experience in your bud, wax and sometimes even edibles. Look out for “Terpene Tuesdays” coming soon to The Prime Leaf!

Cannabinoids are the THC, CBD, CBN, etc that work with terpenes to create certain effects. Cannabinoids activate your endocannabinoid system resulting in the various effects you feel!

Cannabis Legality

Federal: All cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. Fingers crossed for the passage of a federal legalization bill in the near future! 

Arizona: With the passage of Prop 207 in November 2020, cannabis use and possession is now legal in the state of Arizona for anyone over 21 years of age. 

Check out this guide to learn about the difference between having a medical marijuana card and purchasing marijuana as an adult-use patron in Arizona! 

The Cannabis Community

Welcome! We are so glad you are here.

The Prime Leaf is a safe space where all are welcome. We strive to educate about, elevate and celebrate cannabis every day. We remain committed to supporting national and local efforts to build a more just world for those negatively impacted by marijuana criminalization.

In the community, we always look forward to the Arizona Errl Cup420 and 710! These cannabis holidays and events create space to collectively celebrate cannabis.

Here at the Prime Leaf, you can always find friendly patient consultants with a wealth of knowledge. Check out our various vendor features and Patient Consultant’s Choice videos to learn about some of the people and products of The Prime Leaf!

See you soon!