As the market and demand for legal cannabis have grown, more and more people want valuable information regarding its usage and exposure.
There is a lot of information about the safe use of recreational cannabis, and a lot of it can be overwhelming or very confusing – particularly for first-timers. However, the more information you have, the more comfortable you’ll feel about trying this amazing product and learning about its impacts.
With the help of our local dispensary experts at Bud Bar, we have gathered the most important – and most asked – cannabis FAQS!
Seven Questions About Cannabis
What Exactly is Cannabis?
In basic terms, cannabis – also known as weed, pot, dope, or marijuana – is a dried flower from the cannabis plant. It contains two distinct and well-known compounds called tetrahydrocannabinol, THC and cannabidiol, or CBD. These two compounds impact the user’s experience, resulting in them having physiological and psychological occurrences.
What Kind of Experiences?
Many factors can impact the person’s experience when consuming, such as dose, strain, method of consumption, mindset, setting, and the body’s chemistry. That’s why each experience is different for each individual. Significantly, it’s the strain that you use that has the biggest impact.
THC strains of cannabis result in people experiencing a euphoric kind of high, including mood enhancement, an increased flow of creativity and excitement of dull things. THC, in simple terms, affects the mind more than the body. On the other hand, CBD is about relaxing the body, reducing pain and discomfort. In simple terms, CBD strains are focused on body effects instead of the mind.
In many situations, these compounds can prove beneficial for many chronic conditions and illnesses. In this case, this would be referred to as medical cannabis.
What Type of Medical Conditions?
Studies have shown that medical cannabis can help individuals suffering from chronic conditions and mental ailments. In many cases, cannabis can assist with:
- Ageing issues, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
- Stomach conditions, including Nausea, Crohn’s and Colitis
- Those recovering or receiving treatment from Cancer
- Eating disorders such as anorexia or cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Mental health conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression
- Epilepsy, Seizures and other similar conditions
- Immune diseases, such as HIV/AIDS or Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle spasms and chronic pain
However, it MUST be noted that if you do experience any of the following conditions, seek medical advice from your physician.
It will not help you to start taking medical or recreational cannabis on the assumption it might help your ailments. Having a professional assess your condition and diagnose you is the best course of action. They’ll be able to determine the type of cannabis strain, dosage and consumption methods to help you with your condition.
You Mentioned “consumption methods” – How Many are There?
Thanks to the access of funds for legal uses – and the bold ideas that come behind it – cannabis can be consumed in numerous ways, allowing people to find one that works for them.
There is the typical approach of smoking, which can be consumed through a joint, bong, pipe, or vaporizer. You can take cannabis concentrates – also known as cannabis oils – in tiny tinctures, allowing you to control the dosage. You can even use these concentrates to make edible cannabis products, such as pot brownies.
There are also edible products, such as gummies, chocolates and cookies, as well as beverages. You can also find topical creams, bath salts and soaps in some locations. It all comes down to what you want to use cannabis for and how.
However, depending on your medical condition, some consumption methods might be better than others. Compared to the majority of drugs and pharmaceuticals, cannabis is extremely safe.
Why was Cannabis Illegal Then, if it’s so Helpful?
Well, there are so many reasons for that. There’s a political side, socio-economical side and monetary side. And unfortunately, we’ll need another blog post to go over it.
All we can say is that it’s slowly becoming legal in many countries across the world, including Canada, the Netherlands and some states in the US. You’ll have to abide by the rules and regulations of each country when consuming cannabis, but it’s a start!
Can You Overdose on Cannabis?
Compared to other hardcore illegal countries, such as cocaine, speed, heroin or meth, you cannot overdose on cannabis. Although if you have too much, you can “green-out”.
“Greening out” means you’ll likely feel sickly in the stomach and might experience “tripping”, where you get paranoid about everything. Thankfully, there are a few ways for you major these experiences, including:
- Finding a comfortable setting for you to relax
- Watch a relaxing movie or play video games (anything to distract yourself)
- Eat some healthy snacks of food (avoid alcohol)
But perhaps the biggest trick is to actually take more cannabis – CBD that is! This works because CBD binds to the same cannabinoid receptors in your body as THC, lessening your high’s intensity. Having a little bit of CBD can be enough to ward off the effects of THC.
As a First-Timer, What’s the Best Way to Start?
Without question, it means visiting your local cannabis dispensary and speaking to an expert. Based on what you want to experience and how you want to consume cannabis, they can guide you through products, offering you advice and tips on what to take and how.
However, the best approach is the “take it slow” method. Just take a little bit at a time, and don’t overdo it. See how you feel after a little bit and go from there. You can then experiment on the strain and consumption method until you find the best possible balance that meets your needs.
All of this will help you identify how to approach that type or strain of cannabis later and help you avoid having a bad experience. Remember to always speak to your dispensary expert or medical professional before using cannabis.