Cannabis 101: Our Experts Answer Your FAQs 

Welcome to Greatest Hits! At our Dudley dispensary near Hartford CT and our Taunton dispensary near Providence RI, we carry only the best Massachusetts marijuana products, including all of the hottest brands and weed strains. Whether you are a cannabis expert or a newbie to the world of weed, we encourage you to come into our cannabis dispensaries in Dudley and Taunton to meet our expert budtenders and further your knowledge! 


No time to talk right now? You’re in luck– this blog defines the essential need-to-know cannabis terms and answers your frequently asked questions about weed! Keep reading to introduce yourself to the benefits of cannabis and then explore our weed dispensary menus for all the premium products you need to elevate your lifestyle.

There is so much to learn about cannabis! Discover the wonders of weed at a cannabis dispensary near you.

Ten Key Cannabis Terms You Need To Know


1. Cannabinoids

Chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), which have various effects on the body. Other cannabinoids include CBG, CBN, THC-V, and others.


2. Endocannabinoid System

A bodily system that regulates functions like pain, mood, and appetite by interacting with cannabinoids produced internally (endocannabinoids) and externally (phytocannabinoids from cannabis and other plants). Abbreviated as ECS.


3. Strain

A specific variety or type of cannabis plant with unique characteristics, including its aroma, flavor, and effects. Strains typically fall into 3 main categories: Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid.


4. THC

Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis responsible for the “high” sensation. THC also has many other potential therapeutic benefits.


5. CBD

Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis known for its potential therapeutic properties, such as pain relief and anxiety reduction.


6. Edibles

Cannabis-infused food or drinks that provide an alternative way to consume cannabinoids. They come in various forms, such as gummies, brownies, and beverages.


7. Bud

The flowering part of the cannabis plant that is typically harvested for consumption. It contains the highest concentration of cannabinoids.


8. Terpenes

Aromatic compounds found in cannabis and other plants that contribute to the plant’s flavor and aroma. They also have potential therapeutic effects.


9. Dabbing

A method of consuming cannabis concentrates (such as wax or shatter) by vaporizing them on a heated surface and inhaling the vapor.


10. Cannabis Dispensary

A licensed retail store where consumers can purchase cannabis products legally, often with trained staff to provide information and recommendations.

THC and CBD are both naturally-occurring cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant.

Weed for Beginners: FAQ


1. What is the difference between THC and CBD?

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are the two most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. There are a few main differences between them:

  • Molecular Structure: While THC and CBD molecules each contain 30 hydrogen atoms, 21 carbon atoms, and 2 carbon atoms, they are arranged in a different way. This molecular difference makes them interact with the body in different ways.


  • Psychoactivity: THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. It is responsible for the “high” or euphoric sensation associated with marijuana use. THC interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the brain, leading to altered perceptions, mood changes, and impaired cognitive function.


CBD, on the other hand, is not psychoactive. It does not produce a high or intoxicating effect. Instead, CBD may have a more calming and relaxing influence on the body and mind.



  • Legal Status: The legality of THC varies by location. In many countries and U.S. states, it is legal for medical and/or recreational use. Massachusetts is one of the states where cannabis that contains THC is legal for adults 21+.


CBD, on the other hand, is derived from hemp, a variety of cannabis with low THC content. Hemp is legal throughout the United States, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. So CBD-only products are legal in all 50 states.


2. How do I consume cannabis safely?

Cannabis can be consumed in various ways, each with its own onset time, duration of effects, and overall experience. Some of the main methods of consuming cannabis include:


Smoking- Cannabis flower can be ground up and smoked in a pipe or bong (water pipe), or rolled into a joint and smoked like a cigarette. Smoking weed gives you fast-acting results.


Vaporization- Vaping devices heat cannabis or its concentrates to a temperature that releases the active compounds (cannabinoids and terpenes) without burning the plant material. Vaping is often considered a healthier & more discreet alternative to smoking because it produces no smoke and fewer harmful byproducts.


Edibles & Drinks- Cannabis can be added to a wide range of foods and beverages, including brownies, gummies, chocolates, cookies, and more. The effects of edibles take longer to kick in (typically 30 minutes to 2 hours) but can last much longer than smoking or vaping.


Topicals- Cannabis-infused creams, lotions, and balms are applied directly to the skin and are primarily used for localized relief from pain, inflammation, or skin conditions. They don’t produce a psychoactive high because they are absorbed through the skin without entering the bloodstream.


Tinctures and Sublinguals- Tinctures are liquid extracts of cannabis that are typically administered sublingually using a dropper. They are discreet and have a fast onset time (usually within 15-30 minutes) thanks to the vast network of blood vessels under the tongue. 

Smoking cannabis buds or vaping weed cartridges are two popular ways to consume marijuana.

3. What is a cannabis strain, and how do I choose one?

A cannabis strain refers to a specific variety or genetic lineage of the cannabis plant. Each strain can have unique characteristics in terms of its appearance, aroma, flavor, cannabinoid content, and effects when consumed. These differences are primarily due to variations in the plant’s genetics and the specific combination of cannabinoids and terpenes it contains.


Choosing a cannabis strain is a personal and subjective decision, and it depends on various factors, including your desired effects, preferences, and individual needs. Cannabis strains are often categorized into three main types:


Indica: Typically associated with relaxation, sedation, and a body “high.” Indica strains are often chosen for evening or nighttime use. Some popular indica strains include Banana Cream and Purple Eclipse.


Sativa: Generally thought to provide a more energizing and uplifting experience, often associated with increased creativity and sociability. Sativa strains are often chosen for daytime use. Durban and Mimosa are both sativa strains.


Hybrid: These strains are a cross between indica and sativa varieties, and make up the majority of the strains of the market. The effects of hybrid strains can vary depending on the specific genetics, including cannabinoid and terpene content.  Ghost Dawg and Mandarin Cookies are two favorite hybrid strains.


Not sure which strain is best for your needs? Come talk to one of Greatest Hits’ knowledgable budtenders at our cannabis dispensaries in Dudley and Taunton. They will listen to you and recommend a strain that is best for energy & focus, pain relief, sleep & relaxation, or any other goals you may have.


4. What are the potential benefits of cannabis?

Whole cannabis contains a wide range of compounds, including cannabinoids (such as THC and CBD) and terpenes, that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and other receptors. While research on cannabis is ongoing, some potential benefits associated with its use include:


  • Pain Relief
  • Reduction of Inflammation
  • Anxiety and Stress Reduction


Cannabis also shows promise in other areas including potential treatment of epileptic seizures, appetite stimulation and nausea relief, sleep disorders, muscle spasms, glaucoma, neurological issues, PTSD, and more.


The budtenders at our Massachusetts weed dispensaries near Hartford CT and Providence RI can assist you in finding the cannabis products that will work best with your body and potentially benefit your health in various ways.


The content in this blog should not be used in place of direct medical advice/treatment and is solely for informational purposes.

The budtenders at our dispensary near Hartford, CT can help identify the ideal strain for you.

5. Is cannabis legal in Massachusetts?

Yes! Massachusetts has had a medical marijuana program in place since 2012, allowing registered patients with qualifying medical conditions to access medical marijuana through a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.


As of 2018, Massachusetts has legalized recreational cannabis use for adults as well. Adults 21+ may possess, cultivate, and consume cannabis purchased at a licensed weed dispensary like Greatest Hits. And our proximity to Connecticut (another legal state) means you can purchase your weed in MA and take it over state lines, no problem.


Our cannabis dispensary in Dudley has all the top-tier cannabis products you’re looking for like flower, pre-rolls, concentrates, edibles, and so much more! If you’re looking for a pot shop in Hartford, look no further. You can’t beat the fantastic customer service and extensive marijuana product selection at Greatest Hits! 


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Please Consume Responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. For use only by adults 21 years of age and older. This product has not been analyzed or approved by the FDA. There is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The intoxicating effects of edible products may be delayed by 2 hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222. This product may be illegal outside of MA.

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