Look beyond just pot
By “pot” you probably mean flower (or bud or ganja or weed), which is cannabis in its default state. Dabs -- BHO, PHO, rosin and other extracts -- are cannabis concentrates extracted via solvents and way, way stronger than even the hash you might remember enjoying back in the day. They also taste fantastic and don’t have that typical pot smell, due to the extraction solvent stripping out most of the terpenes that give each strain a distinct aroma.
If you’re not ready for dabs, move along to the vape pens filled with CO2-extracted cannabis oil. These convenient options are about two to three times as strong as typical flower, but allow for much better controlled serving sizes -- most people essentially “sip" the vapor -- that you can take almost anywhere. CO2 options don’t have the taste of dabs or the complexity of flower, but occupy a spot right in the middle.
Edibles are cannabis-infused anything, usually available as sweet treats or as part of a liquid. While these may look like normal candies, many manufacturers add proprietary blends of spices and flavorings to overpower the plant material taste that’s tough to get rid of. For the love of everything you value, please read and adhere to serving size suggestions if you’re in a place where you can get them.
Have fun... isn’t that kind of the point?
Cannabis rules. It saves lives. It enhances activities. It makes people happy. Remember that and you’ll have a great time. After all, you’re basically in a candy store, but with pot. And sometimes actual candy.
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