Why is it unsafe for youth to consume cannabis?
The brain continues developing until around age 25, and the use of cannabis may interfere with this development. This is because when consumed, cannabis directly interacts with your brain and central nervous system. Risks are increased with heavy, prolonged consumption and the early onset of use. Learn more about cannabis effects here.
How long will cannabis stay in my system?
This always depends on how much you consume, how you consume it and your genetics, age, personality, gender and other personal biological factors. Effects can take up to 24 hours to fully dissipate, but THC can be detectable in the bloodstream for up to seven days or more, depending on several factors, including frequency of use. There are few reports of secondary intoxication (i.e. from second hand smoke or vape), but it also depends on a number of factors, including dose and ventilation of the space.
What effects might I typically expect from cannabis strains with moderate THC levels?
Cannabis directly interacts with the brain and central nervous system. THC generally produces an intoxicating or impairing effect, even when very little is consumed. In moderate consumption, effects may include a sense of relaxation and pleasant euphoria. THC can also cause unpleasant or harmful effects. Senses may be heightened. The effects vary from person to person and will further depend on strain, consumption method and personal factors like genetics, existing mental health conditions, current mood, age, personality and gender.
Is recreational cannabis different than medical cannabis?
In Ontario, recreational cannabis is only legally sold through the OCS, and medical cannabis is only available legally with a medical document from a physician or nurse practitioner through licensed sellers and Health Canada-approved at-home cultivation (click here for more information on accessing medical cannabis). Products available in both channels may be different at any given time due to different distribution channels, but both are grown under regulated, quality-controlled conditions.
Do all cannabis products make you “high”?
No. Cannabis products containing THC will have an intoxicating effect or produce a “high”. However, some cannabis products are exclusively CBD and generally have no intoxicating effects.
Can I cook with cannabis?
Yes, but it takes practice to create cannabis-infused products that are consistently dosed. You can learn more about the considerations of cooking with cannabis here. For information on safe food handling and preparation (i.e. cannabis-infused foods) please click here.
How do I know how much cannabis to consume?
Always start with a very small amount: one inhalation or a very small amount ingested. Wait at least 10 minutes before inhaling again and 60 minutes before ingesting any more. If ingesting capsules or oil, please follow the directions on the packaging. If you’re new to ingesting cannabis, consider ingesting very small amounts and waiting at least an hour to determine a product’s full effect. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person and will also depend on the type of product and method used for consumption, along with other personal factors that can include genetics, existing mental health conditions, current mood, age, personality, gender and whether cannabis has been consumed often enough to develop a tolerance. If you’re new to consuming cannabis or looking for a milder psychoactive effect, choose products with lower THC potency or cannabis products that contain CBD. If you prefer to avoid any potential for intoxication, opt for 100% CBD products.
What Is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is another common cannabinoid in cannabis. When consumed, CBD affects various processes in your body but does not produce an intoxicating effect.
What Is THC?
Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the most common cannabinoid in cannabis. It is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating “high” that may be experienced when it’s consumed.