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
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
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
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
While cannabis infused edibles neither cause nor contribute to chronic or acute liver disease, studies suggesting edibles as a viable option for gastrointestinal or liver rehabilitation therapy are largely anecdotal. Until such a time as further comprehensive academic studies are conducted regarding the usage of cannabis in this way, it is widely acknowledged that moderate utilization of cannabis-infused edibles is entirely safe for the biliary and gastrointestinal tract.Oliver W.
From Vancouver, BC
There are 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
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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
An ounce is a unit of weight. One ounce is one sixteenth of a pound, or about twenty-eight grams. So, an ounce of weed weighs about twenty-eight grams. An ounce of weed is a considerable amount; a single gram can last for several smoke sessions, depending on the person’s tolerance. A scale should be used to measure out an ounce of weed, as the size of the weed is not reliable.Michael G.
From Nelson, BC
Cannabis 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
Smoking weed can increase the user’s heart rate, according to the United Sates National Institute on Drug Abuse. This side effect may make heart attacks and strokes more likely for weed smokers. People with pre-existing heart problems and older people might be at a higher risk of complications from an increased heart rate. The heart rate increase can last for up to three hours after smoking weed.Rebecca U.
From Whitehorse, YT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical compound in marijuana that is responsible for the “high” users experience. THC’s effects depend on the individual. Some people may feel that it promotes strong feelings of calm, peace and elation. Others may experience an increase in anxiety levels. The factors at play include the person’s unique body chemistry as well as the strains and concentrations of THC found in the plant.Donna R.
From Sudbury, ON
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
Yes, cannabis can be safely orally consumed. Its uses vary considerably, the health benefits– as compared to smoke inhalation– are prevalent, it is more discreet, the effect of usage lasts longer and infused edibles are as easily obtained at most dispensaries as the plant form of cannabis itself.Eugene K.
From Yellowknife, NT
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Cannabis oil is a viscous, resinous substance composed of cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, which has been extracted as a concentrate from the cannabis plant. It be used in a variety of ways: taken orally in edibles, vaporized into the lungs, deployed as a suppository, dabbed or applied topically. High-quality cannabis oil can be used to treat various medical conditions, ranging from migraines to cancer, to glaucoma.Michael H.
From Barrie, ON
“High” is the word used to describe our elevated state of being while experiencing the physical and psychological effects of Cannabis use. THC entering the blood stream can cause a slew of side effects like increased heart rate, sleepiness, hunger, dry mouth, giggling, and paranoia.Scott W.
From Mimico, ON
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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