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
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
CBD oil is a concentrated form of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is one of the most common chemical compounds found in marijuana, and it has many medical benefits. However, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means that it does not get you high. CBD still affects the human body, but not in the same intoxicating way that THC does. CBD oil is a good choice for patients who do not want to get high.Tj B.
From Langley, BC
Terpenes are oils produced by the cannabis plant. They give different strains their unique flavours and aromas. There are also terpenes in other plants, like mangoes. Terpenes are thought to modify the effects of cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana. Terpenes can help cannabinoids travel from the bloodstream to the brain. While this can accelerate the high feeling that comes with smoking THC, terpenes on their own won’t get you high.Megan L.
From Guelph, ON
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
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
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
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
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
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” 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 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
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
Yes, Cannabis Oil can be smoked. Cannabis oil is just another state in which marijuana can be consumed. In the medical community, this oil can be used by patients suffering from various conditions to ease symptoms. Cannabis oil can be smoked in a number of ways, either by dipping the tip of the joint in oil or by putting a few drops in a vaporizer.Jeremy J.
From North York, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes. You can get a hangover from weed, although it’s root cause and effects may not be what you envision. Traditional hangovers have been linked to the over consumption of alcohol, and their manifested symptoms include headaches, nausea and general sluggishness. A marijuana hangover can also occur when a user exceeds their recommended dosage and will have similar symptoms, however the causation and severity of the aftereffects greatly differ.Kitch B.
From Newmarket, ON
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
Addiction or “Marijuana Use Disorders” affect approximately 30% of users, particularly those who begin using cannabis between the ages of 12-17. If a regular user suddenly stops taking weed, dependence can be inferred if they experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, restlessness, decreased appetite, cravings, and mood and sleep difficulties. For Canadians addicted to marijuana, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) is a great resource.Daryl D.
From Moosejaw, SK
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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