The Basics of Cannabis

With the recent legalization of cannabis in Canada, people all over the country are considering the use of cannabis recreationally, some for the first time.

While there are many experienced cannabis users, there is still an unknown number of individuals who have never used cannabis, who may benefit from its usage under its current legal status.

At Queen of Bud, we see a wide variety of individuals who come to us seeking not only cannabis but also seeking information on how to best use cannabis. We interact with many individuals who simply don’t know where to start as they have no previous experience with the plant. For those who are considering using cannabis, maybe even for the first time, here is some foundational knowledge that may help you in your understanding of cannabis.

THC vs CBD

THC is the ingredient responsible for the ‘high’ cannabis users experience. THC percentages range from plant to plant, the higher the percentage the more intense the high. A strain with a high potency may contain up to 30% THC, while lower percentage strains are in the 8%-14% range. Newcomers are recommended to try cannabis strains with lower THC percentages in order to not have an adverse initial experience. Alternatively, using a smaller amount of a more potent strain may also be an approachable option for newcomers.

CBD is largely known as the more medicinal derivative of the cannabis plant as it aids in the treatment of an ever-growing variety of medical issues. In addition to its medicinal capacity, it also provides many individuals with a clear-headed feeling as CBD fundamentally it is an antipsychotic. CBD does not produce a euphoric high like THC and is safe for daily use.

How do I use cannabis?

There are a number of different ways one can consume cannabis, the most well-known being, of course, smoking cannabis. There are healthier alternative methods such as vaporizing, edibles, oil capsules, and tinctures.

You can expect varying results when using different methods. Smoking cannabis allows the THC to be released in the bloodstream quickly and the effects can be felt within a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the individual.

Vaporizing cannabis as well follows a similar timeline to take effect and is a much healthier alternative than smoking. Since combustion of cannabis doesn’t take place through vaporization, there are no toxins or tars released into the lungs.

Edibles take much longer to take effect as they need to be broken down through the stomach before the THC can reach the bloodstream. One can expect the onset of effects to occur within 30 – 90 minutes depending on the individual. Edibles can difficult to dose accurately, its best practice to begin with a small dose and gradually increase the amount of THC if needed.

Using oil, whether in a capsule form or by a dropper, is a very clean and efficient way of benefiting from cannabis. Ingested capsules of oil will commonly take 30 minutes or more to take effect. It’s important to start with a small dose, and with time, increase gradually if needed.

Types of Cannabis

There are three main types of cannabis available in the market today, Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid.

An Indica dominant strain of cannabis produces a heavily relaxing effect, like slipping into a warm bath. Calming, cozy, and allowing its users to unwind. It is very common for this type of cannabis to be used in the evenings and at night before sleep.

A Sativa dominant strain of cannabis has an uplifting and euphoric effect, often complete with the giggles. This energetic effect is often found most commonly through daytime use.

A Hybrid strain of cannabis is just as the name suggests, a mix of both Indica and Sativa. Hybrid strains are available in varying degrees of both types of plants and are relatively common.

Come in and see us!

At Queen of Bud, we love to answer you’re questions about anything cannabis. While we can’t provide medical advice, we can certainly steer you in the right direction when it comes to using cannabis for your first time.