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Viridis Cannabis 101: Q & A For Beginners

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New to cannabis consumption? We at
Viridis want to give you the low-down on getting lifted. We’ve decided to give you a small Q&A section for simple issues like storage and dosing to health concerns and addiction. If you have more questions than what’s here, feel free to let us know!


How can I consume cannabis?

There are a multitude of manners in which to consume cannabis. We’ll give you the big three! 


  1. Smoking and vaping

By burning the dried flowers of the plants–whether rolled into a joint, in a pipe, or bong. When the smoke is inhaled you put the active chemicals in the plant onto the highway to the bloodstream. It’s the fastest way to feel the effects. When vaping you are heating the cannabis flowers or a concentrated form of the cannabinoids (active ingredient in cannabis) through an electronic device respectively called a vapourizer. The chemicals enter the bloodstream in a similar manner to smoking.


  1. Cannabis oils and Edibles

Orally induced methods such as oils or cannabis infused foods make their way into the bloodstream through the digestive tract. Because of this, the effects of the cannabinoids will take longer to be felt. There are however a myriad of recipes that you can add infused oils and lipids to.


  1. Topicals

By infusing balms, salves and lotions you can consume simply by massaging it into your skin. The effects are generally far less and more localised–meaning it’s not a full body and mind experience.


For more info on consumption methods read this: The Many Faces of Cannabis Consumption

 

How does cannabis get me high?

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Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids all of which affect the body in some form or another. The cannabinoid with the most psychoactive effects is Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which reacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The one that has been studied at an increasing rate although it doesn’t have the same psychoactive effects is Cannabidiol or CBD.


Want to know a little more? Check out another viridis piece: What’s The Diff, Spliff? A Head-Talk About Cannabinoids



What are the short term side effects of cannabis use?

The immediate effects of cannabis are symptoms of impairment:

  • Affects your ability to drive and operate other machinery.
  • One may experience breathing problems, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion or disorientation.
  • Lesser symptoms will include a change in mood, dry mouth, poor reaction time, and red eyes. 


How can I lower the risks of cannabis use?

We suggest these methods if you are looking to consume cannabis safely:

  • Use it in a safe environment with people you trust.
  • Try choosing a strain that has the same CBD content as it does THC as CBD is known to counter the psychoactive effects of theTHC.
  • Limit or reduce the amount you take.
  • Avoid using cannabis with other substances like alcohol or impairing drugs like opiates.


As a first time user, how do I know what strain is right for me?

Your retail consultant will definitely be able to help you with proper dosage and administration, but ultimately what works best for you will be through experimenting with strains to find your preferred experience. Remember to start low and go slow. It’s probably the number one tip for first time users.

 

How should I store my cannabis?


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As long as it is out of reach of children, anywhere under 20ºC and with a humidity between 59%-63% will keep your cannabis in optimal condition for smoking. On top of that, keep it dark and airtight in a glass jar. 


Does cannabis have a shelf life, if so, how do I know if it’s expired?

If proper storage requirements are met, the shelf life of your cannabis is indefinite. But there are a few ways to spot whether or not you should take a hard pass before consuming. Spotting mildew and mold on your buds isn’t very hard as it will look like a white powdery substance that is forming on top of everything including your trichomes. The smell and taste of mold is a clear tell-tale sign, as well.


Is cannabis addictive?

Yes. You will hear avid consumers deny this claim but they are wrong. Though the risk of cannabis use is lower than that of alcohol or tobacco, it can still have an adverse effect on your life. If you find that you or someone you know is suffering from addiction there are many services to find help.
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/health-effects/addiction.html


Can I overdose on cannabis?

No but you can certainly take too much and feel adverse effects when consuming cannabis. Though not known to be fatal, the symptoms are very unpleasant. 


Symptoms include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Anxiety or panic attack
  • Nausea and vomiting

 

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What sort of things can I do to prepare for the first time being high?

It may sound weird, but expect not to get high your first time using. A lot of first time users don’t feel any of the effects their first time, BUT THAT’S NOT TO SAY YOU AREN’T IMPAIRED. Be sure to have an experienced partner with you in a place that is safe, like at home. Somebody you trust–consuming with strangers is all around a bad idea. 

Be sure to drink lots of water as you will find yourself very dehydrated. Lastly, freeing up your day is a good call. You don’t want to go to anywhere impaired, you wouldn’t want to find yourself needing a ride home in the middle of any adverse effects.