What is cannabis?
Cannabis is a plant that has been consumed for medical and recreational purposes for thousands of years. The plant contains a variety of organic compounds called “cannabinoids” which, when consumed, may activate the endocannabinoid system in your body to elicit various physiological and psychological responses.
What’s the difference between hemp and cannabis?
“Hemp” and “cannabis” are terms for the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa. While the two may be similar in appearance, the term “hemp” is used to classify cannabis plants that contain no more than 0.3% delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As a result, hemp does not produce the psychoactive or “intoxicating” effects typically associated with THC dominant cannabis strains.
What’s the difference between indica, sativa, hybrid strains?
Today, modern cannabis products are commonly characterized as indica, sativa or a hybrid. While it is scientifically unclear if indica and sativa are indeed separate subtypes, differences in physical attributes are commonly observed. Hybrids are produced from crossbreeding of an indica and sativa. The majority of strains available today fit into this category due to decades of crossbreeding.
What are THC and CBD?
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the most prevalent cannabinoids within cannabis. The intoxicating effects of cannabis are attributed to THC, while CBD does not produce an intoxicating effect.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds found in cannabis and other plants which play a large role in producing their distinct aroma and flavour profiles.
How do you ensure the quality of your products?
We’re committed to ongoing research and development of high-quality cannabis products designed for everyday use. We develop, manufacture, and test all our products on site at Dosecann, our state-of-the-art facilities and are rigorously tested to ensure a high quality, consistent serving with each use.
What’s the difference between inhaling versus ingesting cannabis?
Inhalation and ingestion are the two most common methods on consuming cannabis. Inhalation is done by smoking or vaporizing cannabinoids, often via a joint, vape, or pipe. The effects from inhalation may be felt within seconds to minutes after consumption, and it can take up to 30 minutes to feel the full effects. Ingestion is done by consuming oil, capsules, or infused edibles such as soft chews, chocolates, or lozenges. When you eat cannabinoids, they are absorbed into your body through the digestive system. As a result, both the onset time and duration of effects are extended over a longer course of time. You may begin to feel the effects of ingested cannabis anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours after consumption and it may take up to 4 hours to feel the full effects.
How much cannabis should I consume to feel its effects?
Cannabis affects everyone differently. We want you to enjoy your experience with our products and suggest that you always start low and go slow when consuming. If you choose to consume cannabis, how much you consume and how quickly you consume can influence whether or not you enjoy your experience or encounter adverse effects. Take your time to understand how your body reacts to cannabis as everyone’s response is different. Until then, start low and go slow to minimize health risks and the risks of overconsumption.
How long will cannabis stay in my system?
How long cannabis stays in your system is unique to every individual and based on a number of factors. THC may be detectable in your bloodstream for up to seven days or more, depending on frequency of use. Even if you’re no longer experiencing strong effects of cannabis, Health Canada reports that effects from consuming cannabis can last up to 12 hours with some effects lasting up to 24 hours.
What are the potential short-term effects associated with cannabis use?
THC causes the intoxicating effects, commonly referred to as the cannabis “high”. Conversely, CBD is non-intoxicating, and may help to reduce or minimize the effects of THC. Some of the short-term effects of THC on your brain can include confusion, fatigue, impaired cognition and reaction timing, anxiety, or psychotic episodes. Short-term effects of THC on your body can also include damaged blood vessels caused by smoke (if smoking), decreased blood pressure, increased heart rate, or nausea or vomiting. Cannabis use can also result in psychotic episodes. If you are concerned about any of these, please consult your health care practitioner.
What are the long-term health effects associated with cannabis use?
As with any substance used medically or recreationally, long-term use of cannabis may cause adverse effects. These effects may develop gradually over time, with regular cannabis use that continues over weeks, months, or years. These effects may include an increased risk of addiction, as well as impairment to memory, concentration, and decision-making. Adverse effects of THC appear to be worse if you start using in your adolescence and can last from several days to months, or longer, after you stop using cannabis. If you are concerned about any of these, please consult your health care practitioner.
What are the mental health effects associated with cannabis use?
Those with a pre-existing mental health condition or who have a personal family history of serious mental disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, psychosis, depression or bipolar disorder) should consult their health care practitioner before choosing to consume cannabis.
Am I okay to drive if I’ve consumed cannabis?
No, driving while impaired by cannabis is illegal and dangerous. For your safety, do not drive or operate heavy equipment after consuming cannabis containing THC.
Can I use cannabis during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
No. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume cannabis, as it could harm the fetus or baby. Cannabis use during pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight and can harm a child’s brain development.
Can I share cannabis with youth?
No. Research shows that using cannabis regularly while your brain is still developing can increase the risk of negative health outcomes. Distributing cannabis to a minor can mean significant legal consequences, even for legal guardians. The rules and penalties for distributing cannabis to minors are different than those set for alcohol distribution to minors.
Should I mix cannabis products with alcohol and tobacco?
Combining cannabis and alcohol can elevate the felt effects and lead to higher levels of intoxication, dizziness and nausea than you would normally feel when consuming separately. Combining the two further lowers concentration and reaction times. Tobacco is harmful on its own, and the co-use of tobacco and cannabis has been associated with developing a dependence on either substance, negative mental health outcomes, engagement in other risk-taking behaviors, and increased difficulty stopping cannabis use.
Is cannabis addictive?
Cannabis may become habit forming, although the risk of addiction is lower than with alcohol, tobacco, or opioids. Unlike alcohol or opioids, a cannabis overdose is not fatal. Please consult your health care practitioner before consuming cannabis if you are concerned about this as pre-existing conditions or addictions may make you more prone to cannabis addiction.
Can I use cannabis with other medications?
Drug interactions are complicated. No matter the form of consumption, consult your health care practitioner to see if using cannabis products is right for you.
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