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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thankfully, there are no known cases of weed overdoses that have led to death. Because of this, many consider marijuana to be a “safe drug.” However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no such thing as too much marijuana. Ingesting excessive levels of cannabis in a single sitting can cause unpleasant symptoms including vomiting, paranoia, panic attacks, memory loss, sweats, and chills. Heavy marijuana use can also cause adverse health effects over time.Shannon D.
From Tecumseh, ON
Terpenes are oils produced by the cannabis plant. They give different strains their unique flavours and aromas. There are also terpenes in other plants, like mangoes. Terpenes are thought to modify the effects of cannabinoids, the active ingredients in marijuana. Terpenes can help cannabinoids travel from the bloodstream to the brain. While this can accelerate the high feeling that comes with smoking THC, terpenes on their own won’t get you high.Megan L.
From Guelph, ON
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
One of the most common side effects that occur in most everyone who uses or has used marijuana is getting a dry mouth. Also termed as “cottonmouth” or the “pasties”, dry mouth attributed to marijuana may be due to the effect that cannabinoids; the chemical compounds that act on our endocannabinoid receptors, have on the glands in our bodies that produce saliva.Nathan F.
From Dieppe, NB
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
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
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
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
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
The Green Party of Canada strongly supports the notion that marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed. In combination with implementing a marijuana awareness program, the Green Party believes that legalization would lead to a decrease in organized crime associated with marijuana, keep it out of the hands of youth, and better protect the health, public safety and promising futures of Canadians.Emily Y.
From Halifax, NS
Dabs are an oil-based concentrate many cannabis users have turned to in recent years. They are smoked using a bong-like device called a rig. Many dab varieties have emerged on the market such as “shatter” “budder” “wax” “live resin” and “C02 oil.” Now an integrated part of cannabis culture, dabs have their own categories at the Cannabis Cup and offer great medicinal value for relief of certain chronic pains.Virginia M.
From Essex, ON
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
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 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 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
Though there is little conclusive evidence, Cannabis is thought to improve symptoms of depression when patients find the dose and strain that works for them. A dose that is too high can worsen symptoms of depression. Cannabis can stimulate the body’s endocannabinoid system to increase serotonin — some popular antidepressants also function by increasing serotonin levels. Many patients prefer cannabis to antidepressants because it has milder side effects and withdrawal symptoms.David X.
From St. John's, NL
The 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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