Cannabis is known to many, and by many names: marijuana, ganja, weed, pot, chronic, dope, electric lettuce, and the list only gets more ridiculous the more it goes on. But what is this plant and why do we consume it? What are its benefits? What are the risks? Cannabis’ history is full of ups and downs, but the important thing you need to know today is that it is legal in Canada, for both recreational and medical use. Whether you like to light up to relax, mow down on an edible before bed, or rely on high doses of cannabis concentrates for personal injury or illness, cannabis is a very prevalent part of many Canadians’ lives.
The cannabis plant is part of a species known as “Cannabaceae” – hops, hemp and even some species of trees referred to as hackberries. It is globally prevalent, however due to international stigmas and policies it is considered illegal by most countries. Canada is the first G7 country to Federally legalize cannabis both recreationally and medically. Cannabis has been used by hundreds of cultures, typically for its medicinal properties like easing pain, inflammation, or its ability to treat serious conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, PTSD and even assist with the symptoms of cancer.
When we’re talking about buying cannabis online, we’re usually focusing on the two major cannabinoids (active compounds) for which cannabis and hemp are known for: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC, as many of us know all too well, has psychoactive effects on our minds (the “high” you feel when you consume it); whereas, CBD is very popular specifically because it is is non-psychoactive. Both cannabinoids have similar positive influences on our health, but they interact differently with our bodies & minds.