The Cannabis Starter Pack: 6 Products to Try If You're Feeling Intimidated

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Welcome to the cannabis renaissance. Legalization, crumbling stigmas, and a rapidly growing consumer base have paved the way for what just might be the most innovative and exciting corner of the wellness market. If you've ever been curious about the benefits of weed, there's never been a better time to dip a toe. Many fledgling brands aren't just offering an impressive array of products for just about any need or mood. They're also working to educate the masses on the science of cannabis and how exactly it might fit into their daily routines.

The beauty of this ever-growing industry is that there really is something for everyone—including those who would rather avoid the psychoactive effects of cannabis and reap the other medical benefits, of which there are many. As a quick refresher course, THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant while CBD, another active component found in high concentrations in hemp and cannabis plants, doesn't get you high. Research shows that thanks to the way each chemical interacts with receptors in our brains, both have impressive anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antibacterial properties—whether you're consuming cannabis in the "traditional" sense or have opted to give a CBD muscle rub a try.

Better still, many products available on the market don't hinge on your state's current legality status, since CBD derived from industrial hemp is allowed to be distributed nationwide. Officially intrigued? Below, we round up seven "starter" products you might consider trying out.