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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Being high can make you feel a wide range of positive sensations like mental euphoria, inner calmness, increased appetite and sense of taste, increased sexual arousal and sensation. A bad high conversely, can make you feel both paranoid and anxious. An Indica high is more relaxing, while a Sativa high is more uplifting. THC-rich strains make you high, while CBD strains are more sober painkillers.Annie K.
From Prince George, BC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
The time it takes for cannabinoids to take effect depends on the delivery method being used. Consumption methods may include sublingually, smoking the dry flower, vaporizing BHO or eating medicated foods(edibles). When smoking dry cannabis flower or vaporizing a form of hash oil, the cannabinoids can be felt within a few minutes, though it wears off sooner. Edibles can take between 30 minutes and two hours to take full effect.Oscar W.
From Kensington, PE
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
Medical marijuana is prescribed for a variety of medical ailments, from skin problems to chronic disease symptoms. Traditionally used to stimulate appetite and ease pain in patients with terminal conditions, the use of medicinal marijuana is expanding. Marijuana’s compounds assist the body’s natural healing processes, and the Canadian government recognizes the right to legal access for medical use. With ongoing study, medical marijuana will undoubtedly be more widely prescribed.Kelly V.
From Cornwall, PE
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
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
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
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
Weed is fully legal in Canada for medical purposes. Patients with a range of health conditions can get a medical document from their physician to legally obtain marijuana from a licensed commercial producer. However, weed has not yet been legalized for recreational use. Possessing, growing, and selling marijuana without permission from Health Canada remains a criminal offense in Canada.Henry K.
From Cape Dorset, NU
There is no official list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in Canada. The decision is ultimately up to the Canadian medical practitioner, either a physician or a registered nurse. Marijuana might be recommended for conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.James A.
From Montague, PE
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
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
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
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
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 short answer is yes! Medical marijuana has been found to be an effective way to manage many types of pain, back pain included. Some patients choose medical marijuana as a natural alternative to opiate painkillers, while others use both marijuana and opiates for increased relief. Health Canada does not impose restrictions on how physicians prescribe medical marijuana, so the choice to prescribe marijuana is up to each individual doctor.Zac E.
From Red Deer, AB
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
Hash is a concentrate that is produced by collecting the trichomes of the cannabis plant and compressing them with heat and pressure. The end result is a dense block of hash, which has a much higher concentration of THC than weed. Hash, which can be produced in a variety of different ways, can be smoked solo or added to weed or tobacco.Ronda L.
From Kingston, ON
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
Not in any direct way. The global statistic for marijuana deaths is consistently zero. Marijuana can, however, lead to death indirectly by driving while intoxicated, committing suicide as a result of marijuana induced depression, developing fatal heart conditions like cardiac arrhythmia and cannabis arteritis.Kyle P.
From Winkler, MB
Marijuana smoke, like any smoke, is carcinogenic, containing at least 6000 of the same chemicals found in tobacco. Complicating matters, the tendency of weed users to hold smoke in their lungs for longer periods of time increases tar deposits in the respiratory system by up to 400%. Having said this, both THC and CBD in non-smoke form have shown promising results in treating cancerous cells and tumors in rodents. Legality of experimentation remains an obstacle.Debra L.
From Swift Current, SK
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
While investment stocks in any market or economic state can present risk, the sky-high valuations and hype surrounding Canada’s burgeoning recreational marijuana industry (prior to legalization/government regulation) make for, at the very least, an exciting investment opportunity for medical marijuana stocks, which will likely see similar increases in trade viability.Alex R.
From Summerside, PE
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
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
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
Autoflowering means that flowering is triggered once plants reach a certain size. Traditional photoperiod plants, conversely, flower based on the light-to-dark ratio they are exposed to. Advantages of autoflowering include the elimination of separate vegetative and flowering environments. Disadvantages include difficulty crossing them with photoperiod strains and reports of carcinogenic hormones usage in the process of indoor growth.Lewis D.
From Burnaby, BC
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
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
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
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
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
There are many conditions and symptoms for which a Canadian medical practitioner may provide a document authorizing medical marijuana use. Conditions may include cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, glaucoma, asthma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome. This is by no means a complete list. For more information, please consult with a medical practitioner.Jessica K.
From Stratford, PE
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Marijuana is a mind and body altering drug that for decades has been ranked alongside some of the most addictive and harmful illicit drugs out there. It is only natural for one to question whether smoking marijuana could be as harmful as these other drugs. To date, there have been no direct links uncovered which would suggest that smoking weed can lead to death, although, ingestion is not without risks entirely.Frank M.
From Selkirk, MB
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
Dispensaries are storefront operations that sell marijuana to customers who have a medical need. In addition to dried weed, many dispensaries also sell pills, creams, cookies and other products made with marijuana. Medical documentations such as notes from doctors or health professionals are needed to purchase marijuana at these storefronts. Strictly speaking, dispensaries are not legal in Canada because the law prohibits selling marijuana outside the federal medical marijuana program.Timmy T.
From Quebec City, 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
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