Cannabis Myth #7: Sativas & Indicas Have Different Effects

I was rather astonished yesterday to see CBC NewsNet’s claim on TV that people are unlikely to get high from Indica plants, so this myth is up next for de-bunking. It is the particular combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemicals in the bud that determine its effect, not the exact genetic ancestry of the strain.

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Mr. Popularity: a Profile of THC

THC is the most well-known cannabinoid because it can be the most fun. THC is responsible for most of the euphoria or high that cannabis users experience. Cannabis today tends to be very high in THC, because breeders have sought to maximize everyone’s favourite cannabinoid.

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What is CBD? A Cannabinoid Profile

Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids and 400 other compounds that have some effect on animals. While not the most popular cannabinoid, Cannabidiol (CBD) may be the most important for wellness. CBD is known for its analgesic properties and is the primary medicinal cannabinoid. While pharmaceuticals often fight only the symptoms of disease, CBD actually fights the diseases themselves. In addition to relieving inflammation and pain, CBD helps cells of all kinds to heal. Many users find that they need decreasing amounts of both cannabis and other medications as the underlying conditions recede. The list of conditions that CBD can relieve ranges […]

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Canada’s new Roadside THC-Testing Device

The Canadian government has approved a roadside test for measuring THC levels in a driver’s system. There are some critical problems with this new device. THC levels cannot indicate impairment. Let me get all sciency for a minute: Your body’s endo-cannabinoid system produces endo-cannabinoids to interact with your brain to help manage things like mood and healing. When you use cannabis, you are supplementing that existing process inside your body. The cannabis plant has hundreds of active compounds that include cannabinoids, as well as terpenes and other chemicals that all interact with each other. Since a terpene is simply a […]

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Cannabis Myth #4: Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

Anti-cannabis proponents claim that if you use marijuana you will automatically start using and become addicted to more dangerous drugs. In the past, drug addiction commonly referred to street drugs like cocaine and heroin. The prevailing sentiment was that people got used to breaking the law by using marijuana so they had no further compunction against other illegal drugs. That having gotten used to the high from marijuana, users would automatically start looking for something stronger. Addicts who used marijuana along with other drugs were presented as evidence of cause and effect. What was missing from all this was a […]

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