THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for the “high” users experience. THC’s effects depend on the individual. Some people may feel that it promotes strong feelings of calm, peace and elation. Others may experience an increase in anxiety levels. The factors at play include the person’s unique body chemistry as well as the strains and concentrations of THC found in the plant.Donna R.
From Sudbury, ON
Marijuana strains refer to the different varieties of weed which generally fall into one of three categories: indica, sativa, or hybrid. Different strains come with different profiles, so users can select a strain based on their desired effects such as relaxation, focus, appetite stimulation, or pain management. Indica strains are great for relaxation and tend to produce a body high, whereas sativa strains lend themselves more to a cerebral high.Fiora G.
From Dawson City, YT
Dabs are an oil-based concentrate many cannabis users have turned to in recent years. They are smoked using a bong-like device called a rig. Many dab varieties have emerged on the market such as “shatter” “budder” “wax” “live resin” and “C02 oil.” Now an integrated part of cannabis culture, dabs have their own categories at the Cannabis Cup and offer great medicinal value for relief of certain chronic pains.Virginia M.
From Essex, ON
Cannabis oil is a viscous, resinous substance composed of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, which has been extracted as a concentrate from the cannabis plant. It be used in a variety of ways: taken orally in edibles, vaporized into the lungs, deployed as a suppository, dabbed or applied topically. High-quality cannabis oil can be used to treat various medical conditions, ranging from migraines to cancer, to glaucoma.Michael H.
From Barrie, ON
One of the most common side effects that occur in most everyone who uses or has used marijuana is getting a dry mouth. Also termed as “cottonmouth” or the “pasties”, dry mouth attributed to marijuana may be due to the effect that cannabinoids; the chemical compounds that act on our endocannabinoid receptors, have on the glands in our bodies that produce saliva.Nathan F.
From Dieppe, NB
“Stoned” means to be under the influence of drugs, especially for recreational purposes. The slang term usually refers to marijuana, but it can also refer to other drugs and occasionally to alcohol. “Getting stoned” is the action of doing drugs, while “being stoned” is the state of being high. Synonyms include high, blasted, loaded, and spaced out. The opposite of “stoned” is “sober.”Peter G.
From Hamilton, ON
THC and CBD are the two primary ingredients found in the marijuana plant. Each has very different characteristics. While THC is the chemical compound responsible for making one feel sedate and “high” while smoking marijuana, strains high in CBD offer a more uplifting high. Furthermore, CBD strains are toted for their medicinal benefits for conditions like epilepsy, cancer, and diabetic neuropathy, among others. From a legal standpoint, there are fewer laws and regulations surrounding the use of CBD.Pete M.
From Nelson, BC
Anxiety often presents with feelings of dread, restlessness, and overreaction. It is often compared to the fear response, but unlike anxiety, fear is an appropriate cognitive and emotional response to a perceived threat. Anxiety is a behavior response to a perceived threat that is thought to be uncontrollable or unavoidable but unrealistically so. Marijuana consumption is commonly associated with this emotional distress and may be due to its chemical composition.Colin T.
From Toronto, ON
Under the ACMPR (Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations) Canadians can get a prescription for medicinal marijuana from a health care practitioner to allay the symptoms of a wide range of diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s, to name a few. Once they have a prescription, patients can register and order cannabis from one of thirty-nine Licensed Producers across the country. Licensed Producers are not currently able to sell marijuana from storefronts.Jacky N.
From Richmond, BC
Ocular redness subsequent to marijuana usage, whether through inhalation or ingestion, is a common occurrence for most infrequent and frequent individuals with exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The severity of ‘red eye,’ as it is colloquially referred, is invariably dependent upon not only the quantity of cannabis absorbed but also the quality/potency – the more elevated the THC content within the strain, the more likely the user is to exhibit redness.Robin F.
From New Glasgow, NB
Weed consists of the small conical-shaped buds that come from the flowers of the female cannabis plant. The buds look like a tangle of dried leaves that are green-brown in colour with strands of orange hair intertwined, and they are covered with a layer of fine crystals. Depending on the particular strain, weed can come in a wide variety of different colours, shapes, and sizes.Marc L.
From Levis, QC
The cannabis community agrees: mangoes get you higher. People report experiencing a stronger high when they eat a mango before or after smoking up. Mangoes also make a person’s high last longer. No, this isn’t an urban legend — the effect is caused by a chemical called myrcene. The myrcene in mangoes is similar to chemicals found in cannabis, and it can interact with those chemicals to make weed’s effects stronger.Matt B.
From Wasaga Beach, ON
In several studies, marijuana users were found to have slimmer waists, lower Body Mass Indexes (BMIs), and lower rates of obesity and diabetes than people who don’t use marijuana. However, this may be correlation, not necessarily causation. While this information is promising, further research is needed before asserting that marijuana is a helpful weight loss drug or a good way to prevent diabetes or obesity.Amanda H.
From Kitchener, ON
Weed usually takes two to three hours to wear off when it is smoked. If you eat an edible, the effects will last much longer, typically from four to six hours. THC stays in a person’s system for several days or weeks after the user stops feeling the effects — that means that people can test positively for marijuana use even if they don’t feel high.Mark Z.
From Lethbridge, AB
By increasing endocannabinoid function, sativa strains of marijuana can be effective at treating depression. Researchers at McGill University discovered that when administered in small doses, THC can be effective at alleviating some of the root causes of depression, such as stress, by increasing serotonin levels. Conversely, in large doses, or when given to adolescents, cannabis can actually cause or worsen symptoms.Casey A.
From Fort Saskatchewan, AB
The flower, or bud, of the cannabis plant is the portion that you smoke. Only female marijuana plants produce flowers, which contain the active ingredients in marijuana. The distinguishing characteristics of female marijuana flowers or buds are the fiery hairs and white crystals – or trichomes – on their surface. It is this part of the marijuana plant that you want to smoke, once it is dried.Daniel F.
From Conception Bay South, NL
Kief is a concentrate made from the resin glands, or trichomes, of the cannabis plant. The trichomes look like tiny crystals and act as the cannabinoid factories of the plant, producing THC, CBD, and other specialized compounds. Kief, also known as dry sift or pollen, can be easily extracted using a grinder and, with its high concentration of THC, it makes a great addition to top off a regular bowl.Darcy H.
From Oshawa, ON
Coming in various forms such as brownies, drinks and gummies, edibles are known to introduce a more intense and longer-lasting high than smoked marijuana. The high is perceived to be more of a relaxed, “body stoned” experience rather than a “head” high. Edibles can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to kick in, and their effect can last as long 12 hours depending on the dose.Wendy Z.
From Medicine Hat, AB
Hash is generally much stronger than weed. While a typical marijuana strain contains a maximum THC content of 25-35%, a typical variety of hash will have a THC content anywhere from 20%-60%. Early plants are known to have a higher THC-to-CBD ratio, which gets users higher. Hash that has been cured for a short period of time before being sold is also more potent as the THC content has had less time to degrade.Janet K.
From Prince Albert, SK
While cannabis infused edibles neither cause nor contribute to chronic or acute liver disease, studies suggesting edibles as a viable option for gastrointestinal or liver rehabilitation therapy are largely anecdotal. Until such a time as further comprehensive academic studies are conducted regarding the usage of cannabis in this way, it is widely acknowledged that moderate utilization of cannabis-infused edibles is entirely safe for the biliary and gastrointestinal tract.Oliver W.
From Vancouver, BC
There are two ways to eat weed: raw, or processed into food (weed-infused food is called an ‘edible’). Both methods will get you high, but edibles are much more effective than raw weed. Marijuana releases THC when it is heated, so smoking weed or cooking it into food is the best way to take advantage of THC’s psychoactive properties — otherwise known as getting high. Eating raw weed is not recommended.Sarah J.
From Waterloo, ON
If you are new to medical marijuana, you must follow the the Government of Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) in order to legally obtain and possess medical marijuana. According to ACMPR, physicians have primary responsibility for the decision to authorize patient use of marijuana for medical purposes. They will assess your eligibility by reviewing your medical conditions and symptoms.Amy H.
From Fredericton, NB
In several studies, marijuana users were found to have lower Body Mass Indexes (BMIs), slimmer waists, and lower rates of obesity and diabetes than people who don’t use marijuana. However, this may be correlation, not necessarily causation. While this information is promising, further research is needed before asserting that marijuana is a helpful weight loss drug or a good way to prevent diabetes or obesity.Kayla K.
From Abbotsford, BC
Budder is a cannabis extract that is made by extracting THC from the cannabis plant using solvents like alcohol and butane. With THC content as high as 99.6% in select batches, it is said that one hit of budder is the equivalent of one to two joints. It is also more expensive than plant-based marijuana, costing as much as $79/gram. Due to the dangers of butane-based extraction, rookies should avoid any budder-based DIY projects.Melissa R.
From Lethbridge, AB
The smell of weed varies, depending on the type of strain in question. Each Indica, Sativa or Hybrid strain has its own unique scent; therefore, it is hard to sum up the answer to this question in one word. Most users describe the scent as ‘skunky’, ‘woody’, ‘floral’ or ‘pungent’- the most common aromas that are inhaled when marijuana is smoked. Even then, most buds will vary in the intensity of these notes, depending on their chemical composition.Tonya M.
From Chilliwack, BC
Though there is little conclusive evidence, Cannabis is thought to improve symptoms of depression when patients find the dose and strain that works for them. A dose that is too high can worsen symptoms of depression. Cannabis can stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system to increase serotonin — some popular antidepressants also function by increasing serotonin levels. Many patients prefer cannabis to antidepressants because it has milder side effects and withdrawal symptoms.David X.
From St. John's, NL
Under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act Cannabis is listed as a schedule II drug. Possessing and selling Cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal everywhere in Canada. Dispensaries or storefront operations are illegal and receive their supply from unlicensed growers. At present time, Trafficking and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking only have mandatory jail sentences of 1-2 years when there are aggravating factors. These include elements like violence and selling to underage parties.Felicia B.
From Surrey, BC
How marijuana looks will vary depending on what form it is in. In its plant form, it has a distinctive leaf pattern growing out of long thin stems, and eventually, flowers or buds. This is the part of the cannabis plant that contains its active ingredients. Once dried, marijuana looks like clusters of dried leaves, flowers and stems. If it is good quality, you should be able to see red, orange or white hairs and crystals, or trichomes, on the buds.Madison L.
From Morden, MB
CBD oil is a concentrated form of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is one of the most common chemical compounds found in marijuana, and it has many medical benefits. However, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means that it does not get you high. CBD still affects the human body, but not in the same intoxicating way that THC does. CBD oil is a good choice for patients who do not want to get high.Tj B.
From Langley, BC
A cannabinoid is a chemical compound that alters the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. The three main types of cannabinoids are endocannabinoids, photocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids.The two main cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC has psychoactive effects, while CBD is a better medicinal fit for a wider range of ailments. When cannabis enters the human body, its physiological effects occur as it interacts with cell membranes known as cannabinoid receptors.Elliott L.
From Edmonton, AB
Eating mangoes, including dried mangoes, will intensify the effects of cannabis. The main culprit behind this is the terpene myrcene. It helps by making cell membranes in the brain more permeable and receptive to cannabis. Specifically, it helps THC to pass the blood brain barrier, and thus, makes the effects of cannabis much quicker. For best results, you should eat a ripe mango at least 45 minutes before taking cannabis.Harmony R.
From Granby, QC
In cannabis culture, 420 refers to consuming cannabis at either 4:20am or pm, as well as on the date April 20th. The true origin of the term dates back to the early 70’s in the town of San Rafael, California, where a group of High School students, called “The Waldo’s”, heard about a mystery stash of weed hidden near their school. “420-Louis” became their code for scheduling secret meetings.Adam G.
From Mississauga, ON
The chemicals found in marijuana can increase metabolism, lower fasting insulin levels, and make workouts easier. Studies have shown that marijuana users have slimmer waistlines than their non-smoking counterparts. Marijuana can, however, cause weight gain by giving users increased appetites and causing them to eat a lot of high calorie food all at once. When combined with a healthy diet, the cannabinoids in marijuana can cause users to lose weight. To stay thin, however, one should resist the munchiesBarbara H.
From Gander, NL
It is true that studies have shown that some cannabis components, called cannabinoids, may be able to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells healthy. Studies also showed that cannabinoids may be able to stop tumour growth by killing cells and stopping the growth of new ones. However, these studies were performed on mice and rats, not humans. More research is needed before knowing if humans will experience those effects.John Q.
From Penticton, BC
To obtain a card, you must see your healthcare practitioner, qualify for a prescription, and connect with a licensed producer. Your legal documentation (card) will be provided to you by the licensed producer via mail once you complete your first order. A card issued to you by a storefront “dispensary” or “compassion club” does not lawfully protect you if you are in possession of marijuana.Barry D.
From Joliette, QC
Edibles are safer than smoking in that they don’t use harmful combustion to release cannabinoids into the bloodstream but there are some other complicated matters with edibles that could make them more dangerous. Those factors are namely dosage and labelling. Edible products should always indicate the exact dosage of THC within and attempt to deter children from consuming the tasty treat.Tyler G.
From Regina, SK
Many people have successfully been prescribed marijuana to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. While it may indeed be helpful in treating such conditions in some, there have also been correlations found between an increase in these feelings and the use of marijuana in individuals with certain predispositions. Always consult with a medical practitioner before self-medicating.Charlie W.
From Airdrie, AB
Marijuana can soothe anxiety in some users while causing it in others. It is said that frequent marijuana users tend to fall into the soothing category, while rookie or occasional users are more likely to experience paranoid episodes. To avoid these, high CBD, low THC strains are advised as THC is cannabis’ main psychoactive ingredient. Dose is also an important factor. Proceed with caution.Jack R.
From London, ON
Bubble Hash is a form of hash that is made by using ice and ice water to separate THC-rich trichomes from the marijuana plant matter itself. Many cannabis enthusiasts consider it a healthier alternative as smoking it does not create the same chemicals that arise from plant combustion. At $10-30 per gram, it is cheaper than other extracts like budder, wax and shatter.Craig D.
From Richmond, BC
At present, research reveals that there is no link between smoking weed and lung cancer. While pot is usually compared to tobacco smoke, or considered even more harmful, studies have revealed that this comparison is a false.Markus B.
From Windsor, ON
It is true that studies have shown that some cannabis components, called cannabinoids, may be able to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells healthy. Studies also showed that cannabinoids may be able to stop tumour growth by killing cells and stopping the growth of new ones. However, these studies were performed on mice and rats, not humans. More research is needed before knowing if cannabis can cure cancer in humans.Janet K.
From LaSalle, ON
Raw weed products do not affect the body in the same way as ones that have been activated by heat. In other words, snorting kief will not get you high even though kief is very potent. Kief is a cannabis concentrate with many other uses, so why waste it by snorting it? Try rolling your kief into a twixed joint instead, or crown your bowl with it. You could snort kief, but the real question is: should you?Duncan F.
From Fort Saskatchewan, AB
The idea that Marijuana kills brain cells is unfounded, and dates back to popular anti-drug campaigns of the 70’s and 80’s. Rather, the photo-cannabinoids in cannabis are shown to interact positively with CB1 receptors in the brain’s endocannabinoid system. This has benefits for seizures, Alzheimer’s and cell regeneration. A study done on animals shows that both THC and CBD promote the formation of new healthy cells in the adult brain.Leslie A.
From Essex, ON
Cannabis clinics are specialized health clinics that focus on the prescription of cannabinoid products. Clinics house a team of health care providers with expertise in the field of medical marijuana. Patients require a referral from a family physician in order to visit a cannabis clinic. Once there, patients will receive a medical consultation and possibly a medical document that allows them to legally obtain marijuana for medical use.Yasar H.
From Hamilton, ON
Chronic marijuana use can cause one to suffer long-term feelings of depression by adversely affecting the brain’s serotonin levels and reward processing capacity. Dose size is an important factor, with occasional smaller doses promoting euphoria. Those who start consuming cannabis in adolescents are at a greater risk for developing depression than those who start later in life. Women are more at risk than men in this regard.Stan M.
From Halifax, NS
The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found in the human body. It connects to the peripheral and central nervous system, immune and gastro intestinal systems and portions of the brain responsible for physiological processes such as mood, pleasure sensory, pain, appetite and coordination. The cannabinoids in weed interact with the ESC by binding to CB₁ and CB₂ receptors, causing the effects associated with the substance.Brennan C.
From McGregor, ON
How long the high from weed lasts depends on many factors, like how you ingest the drug, how frequently you use weed, how much weed you use, and how strong your weed is. On average, people usually stay high for two to three hours after smoking. The high from edibles lasts much longer, often four to six hours. Remember that this is only an average — individual results can vary considerably.Navid T.
From Grande Prairie, AB
The term vaping is short for vaporizing or vaporizer. It is a process of heating up dry cannabis or cannabis concentrates to a temperature that is below the combustion threshold. Vaporizers do not produce smoke, but instead, release cannabis’s active ingredients (THC and CBD) as an aerosol. Inhaling smoke can expose you to harmful toxins and cancer causing substances. While vaporizers do mitigate this, harms from its use still exist.Louis C.
From Gatineau, QC
An Ontario driver found to be driving under the influence of Marijuana can be hit with temporary license suspensions and a $180 re-instatement fee. Penalties increase for repeat offences from three days for a first offence to ninety days for a third. Having said this, it is much more difficult to test and prove that a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Only a handful of Officers are capable and the training is $17,000.Dominic A.
From Port Dover, ON
Yes, cannabis can be safely orally consumed. Its uses vary considerably, the health benefits– as compared to smoke inhalation– are prevalent, it is more discreet, the effect of usage lasts longer and infused edibles are as easily obtained at most dispensaries as the plant form of cannabis itself.Eugene K.
From Yellowknife, NT
It is difficult to say exactly how many cannabinoids there are because research is still in progress. Some scientists estimate that there are 113 different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, while others offer more conservative estimates of 85. Further research will likely discover more cannabinoids, as well as more information about the potential applications for each. Additionally, cannabinoids are produced naturally in the body as well as synthetic cannabinoids.Sam F.
From Mississauga, ON
“High” is the word used to describe our elevated state of being while experiencing the physical and psychological effects of Cannabis use. THC entering the blood stream can cause a slew of side effects like increased heart rate, sleepiness, hunger, dry mouth, giggling, and paranoia.Scott W.
From Mimico, ON
THC is a chemical found in marijuana. It is responsible for the majority of marijuana’s mind-altering effects, including euphoria, hallucinations, pain-relief, and short-term memory loss. THC is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is part of a group of compounds called cannabinoids; there are at least eighty to a hundred cannabinoids found in marijuana, but THC is one of the most studied and most potent. THC acts like cannabinoids produced in the human body.Winston A.
From Moncton, NB
Marijuana is an organic material, and like most things naturally produced, it will eventually go beyond its ‘best before’ date. There are many things to consider when evaluating whether an old piece of weed is still good or not, such as its appearance, smell, and taste. These aspects may become affected by age and how well it was stored, with better judgment being the deciding factor.Jason P.
From Dawson City, YT
Marijuana has been used to treat depression since the 17th century where it first began in England and India. While THC has been shown to improve mood in low doses on a short-term basis, long-term consumption of higher doses can cause depression. This is particularly true among teens who are at far higher risk of suffering marijuana related depression than their adult counterparts. Symptoms can follow them into adulthood even long after they’ve stopped using the drug.Terry B.
From Burlington, ON
The cannabinoids found in cannabis can provide many health benefits to the brain, such as promoting new cell growth, being a neuroprotective agent and reducing the build-up of amyloid plaques, which cause Alzheimer’s disease. Conversely, regular use of cannabis as an adolescent can affect the developmental stages of your brain negatively.Kyle P.
From Tecumseh, ON
Further study is needed, before scientists can’t conclusively say that weed is good for you or bad for you in the long term. It is likely a mixture of both. Marijuana is thought to have both positive and negative effects on many different parts of the body. Some well-known positive effects of weed include the reduction of nausea and vomiting among chemotherapy patients and appetite stimulation among patients with HIV/AIDS.Paul K.
From Inuvik, NT
Addiction or “Marijuana Use Disorders” affect approximately 30% of users, particularly those who begin using cannabis between the ages of 12-17. If a regular user suddenly stops taking weed, dependence can be inferred if they experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, restlessness, decreased appetite, cravings, and mood and sleep difficulties. For Canadians addicted to marijuana, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) is a great resource.Daryl D.
From Moosejaw, SK
The Green Party of Canada strongly supports the notion that marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed. In combination with implementing a marijuana awareness program, the Green Party believes that legalization would lead to a decrease in organized crime associated with marijuana, keep it out of the hands of youth, and better protect the health, public safety and promising futures of Canadians.Emily Y.
From Halifax, NS
There are currently three ways to get legal, medical cannabis in Canada. You can either purchase cannabis from a licensed producer, or you or a friend can grow medical cannabis yourselves. For all options, you will first need a document from your health care practitioner and you will need to register with the supplier or Health Canada. Both methods are strictly regulated. Storefront dispensaries, while increasingly common, are not legal.Tracy O.
From Mount Pearl, NL
According to Mayo Clinic, smoking marijuana can cause low blood pressure. It has, however, also been shown to cause acute increases in blood pressure. People with blood pressure disorders or individuals who are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements that lower blood pressure should be cautious if smoking marijuana. Marijuana withdrawal can also have a negative effect, causing high blood pressure in former drug users.Bill M.
From Surrey, BC
“Dabbing” is the increasingly popular practice of smoking marijuana extracts, made by dissolving marijuana in butane. The extract’s greater concentration of THC means it provides a more euphoric high than conventional cannabis. While no research yet exists showing that dabbing is more dangerous than smoking regular weed, users need to beware of more pronounced side effects, such as poor coordination and judgment.Devin L.
From Red Deer, AB
Smoking weed can increase the user’s heart rate, according to the United Sates National Institute on Drug Abuse. This side effect may make heart attacks and strokes more likely for weed smokers. People with pre-existing heart problems and older people might be at a higher risk of complications from an increased heart rate. The heart rate increase can last for up to three hours after smoking weed.Rebecca U.
From Whitehorse, YT
The short answer is yes, the leaves, just like the stems, flower buds and extracts from the marijuana plant can be smoked. They can also be vaporized, eaten, brewed in a tea or put into a tincture. The big, fan-like “sugar leaves” of the plant can be harvested, dried out, and smoked but it won’t produce the kind of high you might want in the end. The best way to “smoke” the leaves is to harvest them and then use a machine called a pollinator to shake them free of their trichomes for use in hash, resin, canna-butter, or other extracts.George H.
From Saint John, NB
According to the Los Angeles Times, there are 779 strains of cannabis on record (130 Sativa, 218 Indica, 431 hybrid). As long as there are new growers experimenting, new strains will continue to emerge. The top ten ranked Canadian strains according to High Times are: Romulan, Lowryder, Island Sweet Skunk, Blue Dynamite, Blueberry, God Bud, M-39, Chemo, The Purps and Sweet Tooth. Several of these have won international awards.Fanny N.
From Lévis, QC
Cannabinoids work by binding to specialized receptors in the brain and other parts of the body. This binding causes neurons to release different amounts of chemicals, such as dopamine. Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in parts of the brain that deal with short-term memory, coordination, appetite, and mood. Some cannabinoid receptors are also found in the immune system, which may be how marijuana helps regulate pain and inflammation.Heather T.
From Winnipeg, MB
There are currently three strains that have passed the thirty per cent THC mark: Chiquita Banana, a stavia-dominant strain that boasts 33 per cent THC; Chem Dog, an indica strain from Colorado weighing in at 32.1 per cent, THC; and Emperor Cookie Dough (a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Emperor OG) at 31.1 per cent THC. All three have about ten per cent more THC than your average herb.Gunther E.
From Paradise, NL
A number of clinical studies have proven that weed can be used to treat cancer. Even though widespread use of marijuana against cancer is hard to find, herbalists and pro-cannabis treatment centers have often prescribed different strains for treating cancer and alleviating its side effects, as well as those created by the harsh treatment methods. The active ingredients in the marijuana plant are believed to have anti-tumor properties and hence, help in the destruction of cancerous cells. Research in this context is still on-going, and can currently be classified as pre-clinical at best.Karen P.
From Grimsby, ON
The body naturally produces Endocannabinoids, which are processed by the endocannabinoid system. The Endocannabinoid system is composed of two types of receptors; cannabinoid 1(CB1) and cannabinoid 2(CB2) receptors. These receptors are responsible for the associated physiological responses to both THC and CBD. As such, weed can be used to relieve pain, combat mental health disorders and alleviate side effects from major disease states and their associated treatments.Sebastian H.
From Winkler, MB
Indica and Sativa strains of cannabis differ in many ways. While Indica strains provide a more relaxing couch-lock effect, Sativa strains give users energy to attend social events or embark on creative projects. Indica is higher in THC which makes a user feel high or possibly anxious and paranoid. Sativa is higher in CBD which makes it an effective painkiller from a medicinal perspective.Valerie W.
From Ottawa, ON
While marijuana has not been clinically proven to help with hangovers, some people claim that smoking weed helps their hangover indirectly. Hangovers are caused by dehydration and the toxic effects of alcohol. Weed can help by suppressing nausea and increasing your appetite, thus helping you eat and drink water to let your body recover. Weed smokers also report that smoking makes them feel generally better when they are hung over.John C.
From Burlington, ON
An ounce is a unit of weight. One ounce is one sixteenth of a pound, or about twenty-eight grams. So, an ounce of weed weighs about twenty-eight grams. An ounce of weed is a considerable amount; a single gram can last for several smoke sessions, depending on the person’s tolerance. A scale should be used to measure out an ounce of weed, as the size of the weed is not reliable.Michael G.
From Nelson, BC
Cannabis is typically broken up into three different kinds of flower: indicas, sativas, and hybrids. Indica strains, have calming effects are a popular choice for nighttime use, while sativas are said to produce a functional and “creative” high ideal for daytime use. Hybrids then are a mix between indica and sativa genetics. This method of classifying strains is controversial in that it’s not the most accurate way of describing each genetic strain beyond the plant’s morphology, flowering time, yield, and terpene profile.Brittany C.
From Calgary, AB
Dabbing refers to the consumption of highly concentrated doses of cannabis called dabs. Dabs are sticky oils made from extracting THC and other chemicals from cannabis using solvents like carbon dioxide or butane. Dabs can also be called butane hash oil, budder, wax, or shatter. Dabbing is considered the fastest way to achieve a very potent high, but it has been the centre of controversy because of dangerous production methods.Monique S.
From Gatineau, QC
Trichomes are tiny, crystal-like bulbous appendages found on cannabis flowers, leaves and stems. These particles have a glistening appearance, and are largely responsible for giving every weed strain a distinct aroma, flavour and potency. Since trichomes carry most of the cannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid contents in them, they form a very integral part of the plant that is now widely being used as a medical aid.Rebecca W.
From Corner Brook, NL
From a sociological/cultural standpoint, marijuana usage has long been associated with lethargy, decreased mental cognition and overall stupidity. In the past two decades, innumerable academic studies and clinical scientific research has been conducted to discern whether or not there is any validity to these long-disputed claims. The results are not uniformly conclusive, though evidence suggests that short effects are present, while long term effects are less so.Vishu E.
From Steinbach, MB
CAMH considers marijuana an addictive substance. Users who start below the age of eighteen are four to seven times more likely to form dependencies. Compared to other drugs like opiates, alcohol and tobacco, the dependency rate of marijuana users is lower and withdrawal symptoms are much less severe. For those who are addicted, rehabilitation methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Marijuana Rehab Centers.Joseph L.
From Hay River, NT
Mature marijuana seeds tend to be dark brown and tear-dropped, with dark stripes or splotches of various brown, black or tan shades. Seeds can be male, female or both sexes (hermaphrodite) but it is impossible to determine sex by looking at the seeds.Francis S.
From Brandon, MB
Quitting marijuana after regular use has several noticeable side effects. Users find that their memory, lung capacity, and finances improve significantly. Cannabinoid receptors are also restored. On the down side, many users are plagued by insomnia, decreased appetite and irritability. A 2008 study in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence likened the symptoms of quitting marijuana to those experienced by tobacco users. Having said this, in most cases a user’s body goes back to normal after 28 days.Jasmine M.
From Deer Lake, NL
Daily weed use has its risks and rewards. Concerning the risks, it has been shown to lower the amount of grey matter in the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex which governs decision making and mental processes. This depletion can lead to psychiatric problems and personality disorders. Addiction, car accidents, and pregnancy complications are also worth considering. On the plus side, daily marijuana use has a series of health benefits like pain relief, regulation of blood sugar, and weight loss.Joris P.
From Waterloo, ON
Marijuana seeds are small and oval, with a greenish-brown color. They commonly need to be purchased separately, but you may find the odd stray buried in your weed bud from time to time. If rolled up along with your marijuana and smoked, the seeds will pop or crackle when lit on fire. This may give off a strange taste and smell; making your smoking experience considerably worse. There are no health implications to consuming weed seeds.Samantha R.
From Truro, NS
The term ‘Resin’ has several applications, and thus, definitions. In one sense, it is used to describe the natural, sticky substance produced by the cannabis plant. This substance contains THC, which is why high-grade cannabis is often sticky. Resin might also refer to the residue left over after smoking marijuana. This substance contains very little THC, although some users reclaim and smoke it again. Resin can also be a reference to certain extracts, which contain higher levels of THC than weed.Ashley R.
From Thompson, MB
Marijuana does not cause dehydration, but it does accelerate it. THC binds to gland receptors in your mouth that produce saliva, which leads to a temporary halt in saliva development. It isn’t recommended that you combine marijuana with other products that cause dehydration, such as medication and alcohol. It’s important to stay hydrated while consuming or smoking marijuana.Paige L.
From Montreal, QC
420 is a code word that refers to cannabis or cannabis consumption. It is pronounced “four twenty,” and it is sometimes written as 4/20 or 4:20. There are many different myths surrounding the origin of the term. What we know for sure is that 420 is important in weed culture. People often smoke up at 4:20 in the afternoon or morning, and celebrate April 20th (4/20) by indulging in marijuana.Becca P.
From Winnipeg, MB
There is no evidence that marijuana directly causes depression. There’s even less evidence that it will help. Bottom line: more study and research must be done on the subject of whether marijuana helps depression. Canada allows medical marijuana to be recommended for depression under the ACMPR. None of the studies done on animal subjects to see if the compounds that affect cannabinoid receptors in the brain link marijuana with less depression.Kris W.
From Leduc, AB
Hash is a form of weed that is more concentrated. It is derived by separating trichomes, the hair-like glands on the surface of the marijuana plant, from the rest of the plant matter. Hash is weed made from only these glands separated and then pressed together and heated, producing a substance that can vary in density and colour and is far more potent. Hash is ingested much like weed is.Lennox J.
From Port Credit, ON
Terpenes are oils produced by the cannabis plant. They give different strains their unique flavours and aromas. There are also terpenes in other plants, like mangoes. Terpenes are thought to modify the effects of cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana. Terpenes can help cannabinoids travel from the bloodstream to the brain. While this can accelerate the high feeling that comes with smoking THC, terpenes on their own won’t get you high.Megan L.
From Guelph, ON
To smoke weed, you must first choose your method: joints, blunts, pipes, and one-hitters are just some of the many smoking options available. The way you light up varies slightly by method, but in general, light one end and inhale from the other. Keep your lips slightly pursed to avoid getting saliva on your joint. Take deep breaths into your lungs, followed by another quick, deep breath before you exhale.Quinton J.
From Mississauga, ON
Smoking weed can make people happy by increasing their dopamine levels. Dopamine is a chemical that is released naturally in response to food, sex, and other things that make humans happy. Increased dopamine can help treat depression, though too much dopamine can lead to other problems such as psychosis. Some studies show that marijuana can be an effective solution for PTSD, depression, risk of suicide, and other conditions that impede happiness.Logan R.
From Brandon, MB
Medical marijuana cards don’t exist in Canada. To obtain medical cannabis, a prescription from your doctor is required before registering with a licensed producer. Most licensed producers will send documentation in your first shipment which can be used as a permit to carry and use marijuana. If no documentation is available, your medical cannabis prescription label can be used as proof that you have obtained your cannabis through legal channels.Sydney P.
From Selkirk, MB
Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis. They are made by a process of extracting cannabinoids, like THC, using butane or carbon dioxide resulting in a sticky oil-based product that is often referred to as wax, shatter, butane hash-oil (BHO) or budder. This form of cannabis is not currently (2017) legal in Canada.Paul K.
From Chatham, ON
Weed may have a reputation as a drug with few or no bad effects, but it can make you sick. Some people experience side effects like vomiting after smoking weed. Some scientists suspect that weed also carries negative long-term effects, although further study is needed in this area. Weed can also make you sick if it has been mixed with other chemicals, as is sometimes the case with illegal drugs.Patrick S.
From Ottawa, ON
Weed causes your eyes to turn red as THC lowers blood pressure and causes dilation in blood vessels and capillaries. This is one of the primary mechanisms used in cannabis-based treatment of Glaucoma, as this vasodilation can help relieve unwanted ocular pressure. Products such as Visine or highly caffeinated food and beverages can help alleviate eye redness.Mark K.
From Grimsby, ON
Sometimes discretion is needed when indulging in cannabis, which is known for having a very distinct smell. Dabs are one option to get high more discreetly. Dabs still smell like weed, but they do not smell as strongly as smoke from a joint. For best results, be sure that all the vapour from the dab goes out the window or — less ideally — into a vent.Dale B.
From Amherstburg, ON
How long weed takes to dry depends on the method employed, as well as natural factors such as humidity. Most growers agree that air-drying buds slowly (instead of in the oven or microwave) leads to a better final product. This can take anywhere from three to seven days, and is done by snipping the marijuana branches and drying them upside down.Madeline B.
From Longueuil, QC
As the market for marijuana grows, so do the variety of strains and olfactory profiles that make each one so unique. Typically, when we talk about the flavour of marijuana, we are referring to the oils secreted from the same glands that produce cannabinoids (like THC and CBD). Those oils are called “terpenes”, and can range in flavour and scent from lemon to berry and from perfume to gasoline. Each strain of marijuana has a distinct terpene profile which helps to define it, and that’s where we get such whimsical names as Strawberry Cough, Black Cherry Cola, and even Sour Diesel. The taste is most profound when vaporized at a low temperature, but it becomes bitter and harsh upon decarboxylation.Hollie Q.
From Brantford, ON
A cannabis club is a store that specializes in selling marijuana and marijuana-related products. These stores are currently illegal in Canada, though they are increasingly common in larger cities. A cannabis club might also refer to a members-only social club where people gather to use marijuana, usually in an area where it is legal to use marijuana only in private establishments (such as Spain or Colorado).Xander N.
From Dartmouth, NS
Cannabis has long been used for medicinal purposes around the world. Its’ cannabinoid contents– biologically active components that act on receptors of the central nervous system, hold vast potential for treating ailments such as nausea and vomiting and even help reduce pain and inflammation. Recent Cancer research involving cannabis has shown promise as a potential treatment option for this deadly disease.Terrance W.
From Carberry, MB
Smoking weed, or using marijuana in any other way, has a negative effect on a person’s driving ability. The effects of marijuana on driving ability are similar to the negative effects of alcohol on driving ability. Moreover, it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. You should not drive after consuming marijuana or any other mind-altering drug. Marijuana impairs judgement, reaction time, and motor coordination skills.Darlene G.
From Lethbridge, AB
Terpenes are fragrant oils found in the resin glands of cannabis. When inhaled, they assist cannabinoids in penetrating the blood-brain barrier and have implications for the production and destruction of both serotonin and dopamine. There are several different kinds of terpenes, each with their own medical benefits. They are useful in treating inflammation, depression, anxiety, suppressing fluids, fighting bacteria and healing wounds. Though promising, legality of testing is an impediment to terpene research.Mike O.
From Niagara Falls, ON