There is some evidence showing that CBD, a component of marijuana, may help protect brain cells from damage related to concussions. CBD might also promote brain cell growth. Repetitive brain trauma can lead to CTE, a degenerative brain disease that may lead to memory loss, depression, or suicide. More research is certainly needed, but it is possible that smoking weed could help prevent and heal the damage caused by concussions.Brock N.
From Winnipeg, MB
When you eat weed, it gets metabolized in your digestive system to produce a different kind of THC than when you smoke. The gut and liver form a product called 11-Hydroxy-Delta-9-THC, which then gets circulated in your bloodstream to your brain to take effect. It takes longer to get high when you eat weed, but it can offer a longer-lasting and more intense body high than smoking.Gary R.
From Montreal, QC
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
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
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
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
By many accounts, the “war on drugs” mentality in Canada began with the release of a book called The Black Candle in 1922. Written by Emily F. Murphy under the pen name “Janey Canuck” in 1922, the book called for law enforcement to address the problem of Cannabis. Shortly afterwards, Cannabis was added to the Confidential Restricted List in 1923 under the Narcotics Drug Act Amendment Bill when the government introduced the Act to Prohibit the Improper Use of Opium and other Drugs.Conner M.
From Gander, NL
Marijuana prescribed by a doctor to treat specific medical conditions. Patients obtain their medication from one of thirty-nine LPs (Licensed Producers) with pricing between $7-12 per gram. It is not covered by health insurance or any government plan. Patients can legally carry a maximum of 150g on their person within Canadian borders, but not while traveling outside the country. Medication can be written off as a tax expense.Harry P.
From Sherbrooke, QC
Marijuana refers to the dried flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cannabis plant. It is usually greenish-grey in appearance and has a distinctive scent. Marijuana is a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug that is often sought after for its medicinal and/or intoxicating properties. It can be smoked, cooked into foods, or brewed into tea. Marijuana is also known as weed, pot, grass, ganja, Mary Jane, and by many other aliases.Elizabeth Y.
From Laval, QC
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
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
Cannabis has proven to be a great treatment for both concussions and post-concussive syndrome. The US government is such a believer that it holds a patent on the neuroprotective properties of CBD. Recently, a professor emeritus at Harvard University wrote an open letter to the NFL making them aware of Cannabis’ ability to treat concussions in their players, which has been a devastating and well-publicized issue over the years.Glenda G.
From Ottawa, ON
“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, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is not addictive. According to evidence, marijuana, which contains THC, is not an addictive substance. THC is a chemical compound found in marijuana that produces psychoactive effects or the “high” feeling experienced when smoking, vaping or ingesting marijuana. The only time its use is problematic is when it is abused in the same way substances like food are abused or misused.Nancy W.
From Regina, 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
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
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
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
It is a popular notion in the marijuana community that smoking weed induces sleep. The same concept is also applied in medical marijuana when this drug is used to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders. While weed does help you sleep, it affects users differently, depending on several factors.Dana L.
From Brandon, MB
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
The orange or red hairs you see on some of the marijuana you consume are the pistils or sex organs of the female cannabis plants. They are coated with sticky resin that captures pollen from insects, birds and the wind. When unpollinated, the female plants produce a layer of the trichomes that are the source of marijuana’s psychoactive and medical properties.Juliette T.
From Drummondville, QC
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
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
Indica is a strain of the marijuana plant. It is known for being more relaxing and physically sedating than the other parent strains; sativa and hybrid. Scientists do not know exactly what causes the difference between their effects. Indica and sativa strands have a different structure and different resin production. Indica is shorter and bushier than sativa. Indica also tends to affect the entire body, as opposed to just the brain.Taylor F.
From Hamilton, ON
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
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
THC rich cannabis can be a very effective sleep inducer and also has the ability to cure sleep apnea. Strains high in CBD, however, have the opposite effect of making one feel energetic. The downsides of cannabis as a sleep aid are its capacity to interfere with REM sleep and the hangover users can feel the next morning, leaving them lethargic and unmotivated. Starting marijuana too early in life can also result in long-term sleep difficulties.Theresa B.
From Mount Pearl, NL
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
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
Yes. In Canada, only real doctors can prescribe medical marijuana. Patients require a medicinal cannabis prescription in the form of a medical document from a registered physician or nurse practitioner in order to access approved sources of medical marijuana. Medical marijuana doctors are subject to regulations, including the requirement to assess the medical history and symptoms of their patients.Ken L.
From Iqaluit, NU
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
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
Shatter is a cannabis concentrate in glass form that contains up to eighty per cent cannabinoid content compared to the 5-18% found in traditional cannabis. For this reason, it produces a significantly more poignant high, with some reporting serious hallucinations and psychosis. Shatter cannot be consumed using traditional methods and requires a special rig to consume. Even the most veteran cannabis users are advised to use with caution.Dennis T.
From Waterloo, ON
Hash is a waxy cannabis extract sold in bricks. It comes from the Arabic word “hashish” which translates to “grass.” The earliest traces of hash date back to 900 AD and it was first found in the western world at the turn of the 19th century when Europeans were exploring Africa. It is more potent than marijuana, and the four main types are Bubble Hash, Royal Afghani, Indian Charas, And Lebanese, each with their own method of creation.Claude G.
From Laval, QC
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
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
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
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
To understand marijuana’s effects on the brain we look to how (phyto)cannabinoids from the marijuana plant mimic the (endo)cannabinoids created by our bodies. Something like marijuana’s Tetrahydrocannabinol can act like neurotransmitters but doesn’t give neurons a refractory period in between transmissions. This stimulation results in some pretty profound effects on the brain, like euphoria, intense thoughtfulness, compassion, anxiety, paranoia, and even pain mitigationClaire B.
From Edmonton, AB
Many factors play a role in the duration of a high, including method of ingestion, level of experience the user has, and strain of cannabis being consumed. When smoked or vaped, one can expect to stay high on cannabis for up to two hours after ingestion. Edibles take your body longer to process, but can last anywhere between 4-8 hours depending on dosage.David M.
From Moncton, NB
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
Twenty-nine of the Licensed Producers in Canada sell medicinal marijuana. They are:
ABcannMedicinals Inc. (ON), Agripharm Corp. (ON), Aphria (ON), Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc. (AB), Bedrocan Canada Inc. (ON, two sites), Broken Coast Cannabis (BC), Canada’s Island Garden (PEI), Canna Farms Ltd. (BC), CanniMed Ltd. (SK), CannTrust Inc. (ON), Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc. (MB), Emblem Cannabis Corp (ON), Emerald Health Botanicals Inc. (BC), Hydropothecary (QC), In The Zone Produce Ltd.(BC)Roy M.
From Woodstock, NB
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 coloured hairs and crystals, or trichomes, on the buds.Kevin H.
From Markham, ON
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. A task force has been assembled and new legislation is expected to be unveiled in 2017. Prime Minister Trudeau believes that the current, prohibitive system does not stop people from using the drug—it does, however, weigh down the criminal justice system, give Canadians criminal records for minor, non-violent offences, and fund organised crime.Hana E.
From Saskatoon, SK
Begin with a consultation from your authorized health care practitioner. Under their care, they can draft a medical document to act as authorization for medical marijuana. Simply contact your choice of licensed producer and find out what you need to register as a client with them. Once registered, you can place your order through the licensed producer.Tyrone D.
From Drummondville, QC
Coughing is not uncommon for marijuana smokers. One obvious reason is that your lungs are not designed to breathe in smoke. Consequently, your brain signals to your lungs to start coughing- the body’s reflexive response when the throat or breathing passage needs to be cleared of inhalants, microbes, irritants, fluids or mucus.Quinn X.
From Markham, 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
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
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
Vaping is using a heating device to activate raw plant leaves without any fire or combustion. Since vapor is inhaled rather than toxic smoke, it is considered a far healthier method of intake for cannabis and tobacco. Vaporizers can be herb-based or oil-based, and use either convection or conduction methods.Drew M.
From Toronto, 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
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
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
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
Hotboxing is an activity where a user(s) smokes cannabis in an enclosed and unventilated space like a closet, car, shed, or blanket fort. A study at Johns Hopkins confirmed that smoking in this fashion can get users far more intoxicated. They achieved this by placing non-smokers in the same environment as those who were inhaling the smoke first hand, then measuring the effects that the second hand smoke had on the non-smoking participants. Some refer to this as a contact high.Charles M.
From Leamington, ON
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
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
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
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
Cannabis was first discovered in Taiwan (8,000 BC) where hemp was used to make pottery. The first signs of recreational use of Marijuana can be traced back to the Middle East, where a Persian religious text referred to it as a “good narcotic” in around 600 BC. Cannabis’ medicinal roots in North America can be traced back to the USA where it was sold as a medicinal drug from 1850-1914.
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
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
Although research surrounding cannabis usage and its stimulation/suppression on the users’ appetite is still largely in it’s infancy, recent breakthroughs in academic lab studies utilizing transgenic mice have produced results that suggested tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and it’s cumulative binding effect on cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) effectively trigger a chemical process which tricks the brain into thinking it is starving – regardless of satiation or whether the stomach is full/empty.Marth R.
From Truro, 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
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and is responsible for the feeling of “getting high.” THC intoxicates us by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, immune system and central nervous system causing a wide range of effects from euphoria to anxiety. From a medicinal perspective it can be used to treat a variety of conditions including PTSD, Insomnia, Chronic Pain, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis and Glaucoma.Steve G.
From Delta, BC
Normal, short-term cannabis use cannot make you hallucinate. Synthetic Cannabis, known as K2 or “Spice”, however, has sent hundreds of users to the hospital with severe hallucinations and rapid heartbeats. Marijuana differs from the common hallucinogen LSD in that LSD mimics a serotonin receptor known as 5-HT2A that causes users to see things that are not there. Users who wish to avoid hallucinating should avoid synthetic products.Megan S.
From Spruce Grove, AB
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
Research shows that the cannabinoids in cannabis promote neurogenesis: the brain’s process of growing cells. This process primarily occurs in the hippocampus, which is capable of producing more than 5000 new cells each day and plays a role in our memory, spatial orientation and learning. Studies done at universities in Saskatchewan, Brazil and Madrid indeed confirm that while most “drugs of abuse” suppress neurogenesis, marijuana indeed promotes it.Phillip S.
From Windsor, ON
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
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
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
Depression, also known as major depressive disorder, is an umbrella term appropriated to describe several mood affecting mental disorders. Treatment of depression utilizing marijuana is invariably dependent upon the form and severity of depression, as well as the individual experiencing it. The amount of marijuana implemented to treat any mental mood disorder is also of paramount importance – producing markedly contradistinctive results for divergent dosages.Sasha R.
From Bala, 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
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
THC affects us each uniquely and different methods of consumption will create varied experiences for the user. When traditionally smoking marijuana, the body absorbs THC quickly and the effect is a rather pleasant, immediate high. When ingested orally, THC can take up to three hours to activate in the body. THC triggers the brain to feel content, relaxed and calm.Lex F.
From Oakville, ON
Weed should feel at least a little bit sticky when you try to break it up. The stickiness comes from cannabis resin, an adhesive substance produced by glands on the cannabis plant. Resin contains many cannabinoids, medicinal chemicals that can interact with the nervous system, which means that the amount of resin (or how sticky the herb is) is a good indicator of how potent the weed will be.Don G.
From Dauphin, MB
Yes. You can get a hangover from weed, although it’s root cause and effects may not be what you envision. Traditional hangovers have been linked to the over consumption of alcohol, and their manifested symptoms include headaches, nausea and general sluggishness. A marijuana hangover can also occur when a user exceeds their recommended dosage and will have similar symptoms, however the causation and severity of the aftereffects greatly differ.Kitch B.
From Newmarket, 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 humans will experience those effects.John Q.
From Penticton, BC
Weed consists of dried parts of the Cannabis sativa plant. There are over 400 chemicals found in weed, with the cannabinoids THC and CBD being the most widely recognized. Utilized both medically and recreationally, the plant has been in use with some regularity since as far back as 3000 B.C. Medically speaking, marijuana can assist individuals with overcoming neurological or physiological difficulties and can be smoked or ingested.Anna C.
From Moose Jaw, SK
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
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
Inhaling smoke from any source, be it from marijuana, cigarettes, or even from campfires, will affect your lungs in some way. The effects of smoking over time can cause reduced lung capacity, inflammation of the lung alveoli, and even lung cancer; the latter of which being the most worrisome. However, recent studies show that a habitual cannabis user’s risk for lung cancer is the same as the average person.Lisa S.
From Charlottetown, PE
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
Medical marijuana is legal in Canada. Much like any prescription medication, restrictions and regulations have been implemented to ensure that those who require it can confidently purchase marijuana legally, and are receiving quality product. Potential candidates will need to consult with a healthcare practitioner before connecting with a licensed producer. Once registered, your LP will send ID documentation by way of mail, along with your first order.Isaac V.
From Uxbridge, ON
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
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
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
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
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
Marijuana plants have different appearances mainly based on their status as Sativa, Indica or Ruderalis plants. Sativa plants are taller, produce fewer flowers and are more often grown outdoors, where they can reach heights of twenty feet. Indica plants are best grown indoors and are shorter and bushier in appearance. Ruderalis plants have varied leaflets, shorter stature and are small in size.Terry B.
From Burlington, 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
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 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
Different methods of administration will dictate how quickly cannabinoids are absorbed. Even though edibles contain the same active ingredient as marijuana — THC — they affect you in a different way. Edibles take more time to kick in than smoking marijuana does, and the high from edibles lasts much longer. This is because cannabis has to be processed by the liver when ingested orally, which is a more strenuous and lengthy unfolding.Michelle F.
From Stoneycreek, 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
The safety benefit of vaping is the inhalation of water vapor rather than actual smoke, which poses a bigger threat to one’s respiratory system. Vaping is also safer from a detection standpoint as a user will not smell like an illegal substance. Still, vaping has some unsafe components. When heated to high temperatures, the solutions in a vaporizer can emit propylene glycol, which converts into tiny polymers that can do great damage to lung tissue.Alice T.
From Coquitlam, BC
Hashish or hash is a more potent form of cannabis. It can be solid or resinous, according to how it is made. Pressed hash is usually solid, while water-purified hashish, or “bubble melt hash,” has a pasty consistency, running from hard to very soft. The colours of hash are normally light to dark brown, but can also range from transparent to yellow, tan, black and red.Elaine P.
From Pickering, 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
Thankfully, there are no known cases of weed overdoses that have led to death. Because of this, many consider marijuana to be a “safe drug.” However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no such thing as too much marijuana. Ingesting excessive levels of cannabis in a single sitting can cause unpleasant symptoms including vomiting, paranoia, panic attacks, memory loss, sweats, and chills. Heavy marijuana use can also cause adverse health effects over time.Shannon D.
From Tecumseh, ON
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