The Cannabis Corner

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Hi,

The only way to normalize cannabis is to talk about it.

This page is dedicated to all things cannabis. Over time I will post information, by the way of a Q&A, which is meant to provide knowledge and education of a general nature. I encourage you to do further research and inquiry in order to develop a greater understanding of cannabis. There is always risk and potential for harm in everything you do.

Please note that I’d prefer to solely use the word ‘cannabis’ however I dislike repetition so I’ve used other common terms.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis which has significant medical benefits. It is one of approximately 113 cannabinoids which can be found in hemp plants. It’s suitable for people seeking relief from inflammation, anxiety, spasms, and seizures without experiencing the psychoactive effects which are produced by THC. CBD is a gentler way to ease into the world of cannabis especially if you’re a novice user and is even prescribed to children who suffer from epilepsy.

There are some remarkable stories about people’s lives being dramatically enhanced by this medicine. The good news is that with cannabis being legal in Canada there will be more funding for further research.

Is cannabis a “gateway” drug?

It depends on who you ask.

Speaking from personal experience, I have never felt the need to take things a step further. One can argue that common household products, known as inhalants, such as paint can be used as a precursor for other stuff. Yet, we don’t have any restrictions placed on purchasing them. People are notorious for finding creative methods for intoxication and that will never change.

Glue, anyone?

Are all stoners lazy, jobless, couch surfing excuses for human beings?

Uh, no.

There are many highly success people who smoke reefer. You might even be surprised by the people who partake in cannabis. Some are still in the closet because they are afraid of being judged.

Can you overdose on marijuana?

In the last 4000 thousand years or so, cannabis has been used in many cultures and there have been no reported deaths from the plant. The worst thing that can happen is you might experience unpleasant feelings due to a heightened sense of paranoia and/or anxiety. I recently read that CBD, the non-psychoactive part of the plant, actually helps take the edge off by regulating the THC level. They work in a yin and yang fashion.

Please behave responsibly if you’re uncomfortable with the effects. This means not getting behind the wheel if you are not confident about your ability to drive.

Above all, safety first.

How is cannabis consumed?

When people think of weed, they automatically envision a joint/spliff. Times have changed and the sky is the limit when it comes to how marijuana can be consumed. Baked goods, candy, oil, capsule, vaporizer, pipe, bong, tea, whatever. Access to some of these items is currently limited however with the pending legalization on edibles I’m hopeful that it will all become mainstream soon.

What is the best way to smoke weed?

A lot of people have transitioned over to the vaporizer and for good reason. A vape uses less green which means more of it in your pocket. It is said to be less damaging to your lungs because you’re not burning the weed along with chemicals found in rolling papers.

Before I made the move, I was skeptical because a decent device was going to cost a couple of hundred dollars. But what an investment, now I can’t imagine not having one. I find that a vape allows me to savour the aroma (terpenes) of the plant which provides a very therapeutic experience. Another great bonus is that vapour doesn’t reek (as badly) which allows for more discreet use because the smoke produced by a joint is much heavier and lingers longer.

Does inhaling pot produce the same effects as ingesting it?

No.

This is where a lot of people make the mistake of assuming that weed is weed. Depending on how one decides to use cannabis, it’s important to remember that it is metabolized by the body in different ways. Marijuana which is inhaled goes directly to the brain while ingested pot is processed by the liver. Ingested weed is much more potent than inhaling it and yields stronger body effects so be patient if you don’t feel it right away. Due to variable factors, the specific amount of time it takes for cannabis to kick in and to finally dissipate vary from person to person.

Taking a hit from a bong or joint will affect you the quickest while vaping cannabis produces a more gradual high. In both cases, it takes just a few minutes to begin feeling the herb and on average usually lasts about 2 hours.

When it comes to orally consuming marijuana, well, that’s another story. If you plan to try edibles or an oil, please remember the golden rule: start low and go slow. It can take anywhere from approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours for our system to fully receive the message. But once it does, be prepared to endure the effects for more than several hours.