9 Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask About Cannabis, Answered

1. CBD, THC – What Do These Stand For, and Are They the Same Thing?

The Cannabis genus of plants contains both the compound Cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While their molecular structure is similar, the way your body reacts to them is quite different.  Simply put, it’s the THC in cannabis that gets you “high”.  CBD, being a non-psychoactive compound, does not produce the same effect.  As a result, CBD is gaining in popularity for its many beneficial properties, while at the same time avoiding the “high” associated with THC.

2. What are the Beneficial Properties of CBD Then?

The potential benefits of CBD are many, and they are being aggressively studied.  Recent studies show that potential benefits include relief from:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Cancer related symptoms
  • Acne issues

In addition, studies show that CBD may assist in alleviating neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis.

Much research is underway with regard to other potential medical uses of CBD.  These include treatment of high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.  More human-based studies are needed.

3. Is it Possible to Overdose from Cannabis Use?

So far, there has not been a verifiable case where someone has taken so much cannabis, that the impact on their physiology has caused them to die.  Certainly having a lot (or too much) of it in your system may produce feelings of discomfort, but to have an overdose – it’s not likely.  Like alcohol, and any other drug, moderation is always encouraged.

4. What Are the Ways that Cannabis May Affect My Body?

Any substance introduced to the human body will impact different people in different ways.  In the case of cannabis, its effects on you will depend on your genetic makeup, how you take it, the specific product’s properties, and more.  Some of the beneficial effects that people seek from cannabis include:

  • Getting a good night’s sleep
  • Relieving pain
  • Relieving anxiety

It’s a good idea to get knowledgeable on the ever-increasing variety of cannabis products like THC distillate in the market when considering a purchase for your personal use.  Your local dispensary or MoM website can be a great resource for both information on the brands out there, and the effects you can expect from them.

5. How is Cannabis Taken?

The two most popular methods of consuming cannabis are through:

  • smoking – inhaling the smoke or vapours of the leaves, flowers or extracts of the plant, in the form of the traditional joint or cigar
  • ingestion – commonly referred to as edibles, eating foods prepared with it as an ingredient

There is an emerging market now, in the legalization era, of different types of cannabis consumption, both CBD and THC.  The up-and-coming methods include:

  • Bongs – also known as gravity bongs, which pull the smoke down using water
  • Vaping – inhaling cannabis vapours rather than smoke, through the use of vaporizers
  • Sprays – infusing liquids with THC or CPD and spraying under the tongue
  • Tinctures – a mixture of cannabis extract and alcohol placed under the tongue and absorbed into the body
  • Topical oils – extracted oils from the marijuana plant, rubbed onto the skin and absorbed, most often for pain and soreness – these do not produce a high

Your dispensary or MoM website can offer lots of information on the cutting edge of cannabis products out there. One of the latest is the CBD Bath Bomb, dissolved in your bath water and absorbed through the skin.

6. Are There Different Strains of Cannabis?

Yes. The two most commonly referred-to strains are known as cannabis indica and cannabis sativa.  They actually differ more in their physical characteristics, as opposed to specific effects on the user.  The strain of cannabis alone is not enough to pre-determine a particular income.  Keep in mind there are also hybrid strains, and in fact, many varieties of the cannabis plant.  Your local dispensary can show you the vast selection and variety that has emerged just over the last few years.

7. How Has Legalization Impacted the Various Strains of Cannabis and Their Effects on the User?

One positive outcome for the cannabis user is a trend toward more consistency in strains and products. Consumers should therefore see a more predictable effect on the particular brand of cannabis they purchase.  Your local dispensary should be knowledgeable on all of the developments and their impact on the products they carry.  Be sure to check out options for weed online.

8. Other Than Recreational Use, What Are Some of the Uses of Cannabis?

Research is ongoing; many cannabis users report positive effects from cannabis use, in dealing with issues such as:

  • Appetite loss
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Chronic pain

When considering cannabis use for anything other than recreational use, you should always first consult with your doctor.

9. What are the Negatives of Cannabis Use?

Cannabis, as of October 17, 2018, is no longer a “controlled substance” in Canada.  In other words, its production, possession and sale are no longer prohibited by the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  That said, there are still limits to growing, possessing, using and selling it. Along with the federal Cannabis Act, and federal Cannabis Regulations, there are also provincial laws and restrictions, which vary across the country.

Like any drug, there are risks associated with cannabis, and products that include it as an ingredient.

Studies have shown that heavy cannabis use can lead to cognitive decline and onset depression, among other health issues.  Brain development in young people may be negatively impacted by cannabis use – there are strict age limits (19 years and older) across the country.

Finally, like any other drug, cannabis use can cause impairment which can impact activities such as the operation of a motor vehicle.  For this reason, it is illegal to drive with cannabis in your system.  The consequences and penalties are similar to those around drinking and driving.

The bottom line is: be smart, be informed, and use in moderation.  Stay within the law.