hey i read your other thread about finding a doctor for your recommendation. have you been studying up on how to grow? growing is pretty addictive. the plants become your babies haha. do you know what kind of grow you will do yet? this site is a fantastic place to learn. there are tons of people on here who would be happy to help. id like to see some pictures of the bathroom youre thinking of doing it in to think of some ideas.
for now, i would recommend going onto that weedmaps site to find a local dispensary. make sure to bring your paper recommendation and ID. ask the budtenders to see their indicas(indica-dominant hybrids may also work for you too), preferably ones for pain relief. most budtenders arent that knowledgeable though, so dont necessarily go with the first one they show you. dont be afraid to look around. maybe even try some edibles if they have them(they usually do have a taste to them that some people dont like. it is an acquired taste)
it is kind of hard to explain what to look for visually, but ill try. on the buds, there are tiny stalks called trichomes. inside these are the substances that give us the medical benefits. heres a picture
when looking at buds, try to find the ones that have a lot of trichomes. something like this http://fadedfools.com/medical_mariju...fidentialn.jpg (the pic is too big to post here). after a little while you will know what to look for.
smell is also a big factor in bud selection. lower quality or poorly cured buds will smell like plant material(kind of a leafy smell). good buds will have very pungent smell. some smell fruity, others smell bad(but are still good to use). its hard to explain smells, so you just have to check them all out and see for yourself. it will take some time
DONT BE AFRAID TO CHECK ALL THE STRAINS. sometimes people will ask for a sativa and choose the first one the budtender shows them. it may not always be the best one FOR YOU
welcome to the cannabis community let us know how your first smoke session goes! oh that reminds me... only take one or two hits and wait about 10-15 minutes. sometimes it takes a little big to kick in fully. smoking too much can cause some undesired effects. nothing serious, you just feel anxious for a while. you cannot die, so dont worry