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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
“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
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
Wet weed is difficult to smoke because it is hard to light. Weed that has been damp might also be at risk of getting mouldy. Never smoke mouldy weed. Check for a strange smell and for visual signs of mould before smoking. Unfortunately, it may not taste as good as dry weed. Wet weed might also refer to weed laced with PCP, as PCP is sometimes called “wet” or “water.”Barry T.
From Grand Prairie, AB
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Large-scale studies have not been able to link smoking weed to lung cancer or other serious respiratory conditions. Marijuana smoke contains some cancer-causing compounds and deposits tar in the lungs, yet there has been little evidence linking moderate marijuana use to lung cancer. Smoking weed can cause short-term respiratory irritation such as coughing and sore throat. Weed can be consumed in other ways to reduce the impact on respiratory health.Umar T.
From Sidney, BC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Marijuana is thought to have both positive and negative effects on many different parts of the body. Further study is needed before scientists can conclusively say that weed is good for you or bad for you in the long term. It is likely a mixture of both. Some negative effects of weed may include paranoia, psychosis, vomiting, severe headaches, bronchitis associated with smoking, impaired brain development, and memory loss.Isabella F.
From Saint-Jérôme, QC
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
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
Yes, medical marijuana is legal in Canada to those who have permission. You will need a prescription, which is granted by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner and your medical marijuana must be sourced through an authorized licensed producer.Chloe J.
From Thompson, MB
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
CBD is a cannabinoid. It is one of the most common chemical compounds found in marijuana, and is known for its many medical benefits. However, CBD is nonpsychoactive, 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. Strains that are high in CBD are a good choice for patients who do not want to get high.Kevin B.
From Burlington, ON
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