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When choosing a cannabis product it is important to look at a few key indicators. The first would be to look at the strain and the effects it is known for. An alternative approach would be to look at the terpenes and cannabinoids. We will go into detail about all of these terms and what they mean below.

Strains that are categorized as “indica” are generally thought to have sedative physical effects. They are typically used when relaxing or unwinding at the end of the night. Common effects include feeling relaxed, euphoric, happy and sleepy.

Strains that are categorized as “sativa” are known as energizing with uplifting cerebral effects that pair well with physical activity, social gatherings, and creative project. They are typically used as daytime strains as they can be used for feeling productive and focused. Common effects include feeling happy, uplifted, euphoric and energized.

Strains that are categorized as “hybrid” are thought to have a mix of both indica and sativa effects. These are typically the most popular due to this balance. Common effects include happy, euphoric, uplifting, energetic, relaxing—it all depends on which hybrid you consume and what effects its “parent” strains are known to produce.

Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give strains their distinctive flavours like citrus, berry, mint, and pine. After understanding the effect you want to get from your cannabis usage, you can look into the terpenes which will tell you what effect the product will have. For instance, a terpene such as Myrcene is found in strains that promote relaxation and stress-relief, while other terpenes like Terpinolene “Fruity” can promote focus and acuity.
 
A list of the most popular are as follows, they are listed in order from Calming to Energizing:
 
Myrcene “Herbal” = Relaxing
Pinene “Pine” = Stress Relief
Caryophyllene “Peppery” = Anti-inflammatory
Limonene “Citrus” =  Elevated Mood
Terpinolene “Fruity” = Uplifting

The cannabis plant is composed of hundreds of chemical compounds that create a unique harmony of effects, which is primarily led by cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids and are the main drivers of cannabis’ therapeutic and recreational effects.
HC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) makes us feel hungry and high, and relieves symptoms like pain and nausea.
 
CBD (cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating compound known to alleviate anxiety, pain, inflammation, and many other medical ailments.
Instead of choosing a strain based on its indica or sativa classification, consider basing your selection on these three buckets instead (both indica and sativa strains exhibit these different cannabinoid profiles):
 
CBD-dominant strains contain only small amounts of THC and are widely used by those highly sensitive to THC or patients needed clear-headed symptom relief.
Balanced THC/CBD strains contain similar levels of THC and CBD, offering mild euphoria alongside symptom relief. These tend to be a good choice for novice consumers seeking an introduction to cannabis signature high.

These cannabis products are used mostly for medical purposes. They are rarely psychoactive. Even so, it’s wise to apply a small amount on your skin to start.
 
Isolate
Cannabis isolate is the purest form of cannabis you can get. They come in either THC isolate or CBD isolate, which basically provides you with the pure molecule of each and nothing else. These products can be consumed via cooking, dabbing, infusing, vaporization, and more. If you have skin conditions, you can benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties by rubbing it directly on your skin. And because these products have already been decarboxylated, which means that its THC or CBD content is already active, once ingested you get all the best medicinal benefits of the molecule. In fact, you can even combine them by using a CBD isolate before smoking a bowl packed with a high THC strain to enjoy the entourage effect of cannabis.
 
Distillate
Cannabis distillate which is the same thing as raw or crude cannabis oil extract, contains a range of cannabinoids in one product. But these chemical compounds, also known as fractions, can be separated from one another through the various boiling points of each. Also known as broad spectrum oils, distillates undergo a process called fractional distillation which is a chemical process that separates the terpenes and cannabinoids.

The onset of cannabis effects begins within seconds to minutes and up to 30 minutes to feel full effects. Cannabis concentrates are high-potency and not recommended for first-time cannabis users. Start low and go slow when vaporizing cannabis concentrate. Begin with 1-2 small inhales and wait at least 30 minutes before taking another inhale. Once the cannabis cartridge is applied to the battery you can begin to heat the device (some are automatic and some have personalized heat settings), which heats up the concentrate and turns it into a vapour that can be inhaled. Avoid rapid consecutive use of your vaporizer.

Cannabis-infused beverages are available for purchase, and there’s a lot to learn about them, including dosing considerations and purchasing equivalents. The cannabinoids (such as THC and other active ingredients) in cannabis beverages are absorbed through the digestive tract, which means the onset of effects can be 30 minutes to 4 hours or more — much longer than the almost-immediate effects from smoking. The effects of cannabis beverages may also persist for 12 hours or more.

Avoid consuming cannabis and alcohol at the same time. Doing so the potential effects and can lead to extreme intoxication, dizziness and nausea, and further lower concentration and reaction times. Combining cannabis with alcohol can also increase vulnerable people’s risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms. Edible cannabis products are foods and drinks, such as brownies or beverages, that have been infused with cannabis extracts, or concentrates, all of which contain active ingredients such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). The main difference between edibles and other forms of cannabis is in how the body processes the active ingredients. It has been reported that when cannabis extract is ingested, it can produce effects that are similar to those experienced when cannabis flower is smoked or vaped. When cannabis is inhaled, its THC is absorbed by the blood in the lungs and moves quickly to the brain, producing an almost immediate effect, possibly within minutes. However, when cannabis is digested, the effects will likely be delayed — from 30 minutes to 4 hours or more. It can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effects.
 
Because the onset of effects can be delayed, there is the potential for overconsumption when ingesting edibles. To minimize the risk of consuming too much, start with a very small amount (2.5 mg of THC or less), especially if you are trying a new product, and wait at least 2 hours to see how it affects your body.

Live resin is a cannabis extract (also known as a concentrate), produced with flash-frozen freshly harvested cannabis plants and a hydrocarbon solvent such as butane or propane. It’s known for its high concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids. Live resin can be vaped, added to dried flower and smoked in a joint, or dabbed using a dab rig. (Dabbing is not recommended for new consumers.)
 
Like many cannabis concentrates, live resin is a versatile product: It can be vaped in an extract-specific vaporizer (or one that has an extract attachment), added to dried flower and smoked in a joint, or inhaled using a dab rig. If you are an occasional consumer or new to cannabis, dabbing is not recommended it is a complicated process that can produce strong, immediate effects, and it may increase your risk for experiencing negative effects. While the correct dosage for you depends on many factors, such as your genetics, age, personality and current mood, try starting with a pinch that’s less than the size of a lentil.

Rosin is a relatively new form of cannabis concentrate that is produced using just heat and pressure. This article will walk you through how rosin is made and the different ways it can be consumed, as well as shopping and potency considerations.All cannabis extracts are produced by separating the oils from the plant material, and their final form depends on the processing methods used. Rosin is the term used for the method and the product — a translucent, sap-like substance that is squeezed out of the trichomes in dried cannabis flower, hash or kief.Like most cannabis extracts, rosin is a versatile product: It can be added to dried flower and smoked in a joint, vaped in an extract-specific vaporizer or one with an extract attachment, or dabbed using a dab rig. (If you are new to cannabis, dabbing is not recommended — it is a complicated process that can produce strong, immediate effects and may increase your risk of experiencing negative effects.)Start low less than the size of a lentil can help minimize the risk of overconsumption.

A solvent-based cannabis extract, shatter is a golden-coloured, glass-like substance that’s highly concentrated. This article looks at how it’s made, how to consume it, the pros and cons of choosing shatter, and shopping and potency considerations. A cannabis extract, shatter is a form of butane hash oil, or BHO, which refers to concentrates made using butane as a solvent. Butane hash oil comes in many other consistencies, from whipped to wax, depending on how the extract is further processed. It has names such as budder, wax, crumble and pull-and-snap.

A golden-coloured, glass-like substance, shatter is made by processing the cannabis plant with butane to extract the cannabinoid – and terpene-rich trichomes from the buds. The solvent is then evaporated with low heat, which also removes excess oils, leaving behind a translucent material that is left to cool into a hard sheet.

When vaporized or dabbed, shatter offers a smoke-free option to inhaling dried cannabis flower, which can come with the potential risks of smoking.

Your body’s response to cannabis depends on many variables, such as the type of product consumed, your metabolism and weight, and how much food you ate before consumption. If you choose to smoke or vape cannabis, Health Canada recommends starting with one or two puffs of a product with 10% (or 100 mg/g) of THC or less. When cannabis extracts such as shatter are inhaled, effects can often be felt within seconds and typically last up to six hours

Kief is a type of cannabis extract, or concentrate, that is produced by mechanically separating trichomes from the dried cannabis flower. It can be smoked, vaped or used in edible cannabis products. Kief is a dull green powder made up of the sticky crystal-like substance at the head of the trichomes — the mushroom-shaped glands that secrete resin, where terpenes and cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are produced — which are attached to cannabis flowers and leaves. The substance has a high concentration of cannabinoids. Kief can also be further processed into hash or rosin. Brown, yellow or green in colour, the powder is collected using a mechanical sifting process, so no solvents are required. It’s a bit tricky to separate the tiny particles, but if you’re patient, you can make your own kief by sifting dried cannabis flower through a series of increasingly smaller screens. A four-piece grinder with a screen and extra bottom chamber can also do the job. Generally, kief can be smoked or vaped. While the right dosage depends on many variables, try beginning with a pinch, or less than the size of a dime. But, as always, Health Canada suggests starting with a low dose and going slowly to lower the health risks and the risks of over consumption.

Cannabis oil is a smoke-free option for consuming cannabis. An extract of the plant is mixed with a neutral oil, such as olive oil, and packaged in a bottle with a dropper or dosing syringe. (The oil is also available in a spray format). You should follow the instructions included with the product, but a drop is typically placed under your tongue to allow the oil to absorb sublingually.(Shake the bottle well before using to ensure the extract is evenly mixed with the oil. As with other cannabis products, there is no recommended dosage. Every consumer will experience individual effects, depending on many factors, including sex, age, frequency of use and how much is consumed.If you are using cannabis oil for the first time or trying a new product, Health Canada recommends starting with a low dose and increasing it slowly once you determine how it affects you. For more information, check out our article on dosing. The product label provides information on how much CBD and THC is in the oil. When you ingest an oral cannabis product, your body processes it differently than when you inhale cannabis. One difference is how quickly it works: According to Health Canada, while smoking or vaporizing cannabis can produce an effect within minutes, it may take half an hour to four hours for the effects of cannabis oil to become apparent, depending on factors such as how much food is in your stomach and the dosage. Health Canada also reports that the effects of oil may last up to 24 hours.

This method involves eating or drinking cannabis via oral tinctures, capsules, oils or edible products.
 
When you ingest cannabis, the active compounds enter through your digestive system and are carried by the bloodstream to your central nervous system and your brain. Because it takes longer to enter the bloodstream through this method of consumption, the effect takes longer to occur than it does through inhalation. This can lead to the consumption of more cannabis than intended. The effects from ingestion can also last longer than those experienced from inhalation.
 
If you’re new to ingesting cannabis, consider sampling a very small amount and wait at least an hour to determine your body’s response.
Onset: 30mins-3hrs
Peak: 2-6hrs
Duration: 8hrs

To help protect others, especially children or youth, Health Canada suggests that you make cannabis unfit for consumption prior to disposing it. One method of disposing cannabis is to blend the cannabis with water and mix it with cat litter, to mask the odour, and then place it in your regular household garbage.There is no known safe amount of cannabis to use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Cannabis use during pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight, and can harm a child’s brain development. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not consume cannabis, as it could harm the fetus or baby. Consuming too much cannabis can result in significantly unpleasant effects, but they should be experienced temporarily. There is no documented case of death resulting from a toxic overdose of cannabis.
 
Driving while experiencing the psychoactive and intoxicating effects of cannabis containing THC is extremely dangerous. Do not drive after using cannabis, and ensure you are informed about the driving laws in Ontario. Although the effects of intoxication from cannabis that contains THC may wear off, cannabis stays in your system for some time. It is recommended that individuals who use cannabis refrain from driving (or operating other machinery or mobility devices) for at least six hours after using cannabis. If tested, you could test positive for cannabis content in your body.

In Ontario, the legal age for possessing and purchasing cannabis is 19 years or older. OCS is the only online retailer and wholesaler of legal recreational cannabis.
 
You can buy up to 30 grams of dried cannabis flower (or its equivalent) at a time.
 
Legal Consumption Age
 
The federal Cannabis Act sets the legal age of cannabis possession in Canada at 18 years but grants the authority for provinces and territories to raise the legal age. In Ontario, the legal age of cannabis possession and consumption is 19 years or older, which aligns with the province’s legal age for alcohol use.
 
Legal medical cannabis purchases must be made through Health Canada licensed sellers. OCS cannot give medical advice or fill medical prescriptions. Talk to your doctor for details about the medical use of cannabis.
 
Legal Allowable Quantity
 
Federal legislation defines a maximum public possession limit of up to 30 grams of dried legal cannabis at any time or its equivalent. As a result, OCS limits any one transaction to a maximum of 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in other forms.
 
This is easy to track as you shop online: The total number of grams you’ve accumulated is displayed as you put items in your bag.
 
The provincial legislation also maintains the federal legal limit of four plants per private residential dwelling (not per adult).
 
Legal Allowable Places for Consumption
 
Under the provincial legislation, recreational cannabis may only be legally consumed in:
 
Private residential dwellings (including a front porch, balcony and backyard)
Many outdoor public places, such as sidewalks and parks.
 
Designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns.
 
Controlled areas in residential care facilities, psychiatric facilities, veterans’ facilities and residential hospices.
 
Boats and vehicles when used as a temporary or permanent living space and not in use (excludes boats carrying passengers)
 
Cannabis cannot be consumed in:
 
Enclosed public spaces and all workplaces.
Indoor common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings and university residences.
Schools and school grounds, and within 20 metres of the grounds of a school and community centre.
Restaurant and bar patios, and public areas within nine metres of a patio
Child-care centres, home child-care centres and where an early years program or service is provided
Children’s playgrounds
Outdoor grounds of hospitals and certain Ontario government buildings
Publicly owned sporting areas (except golf courses)
 
Vehicles and boats that are being operated by the user (in the case of all forms of consumption) or under someone’s care or control (in the case of cannabis being smoked or vaped)
 
Laws Governing Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis
 
Both federal and provincial legislation set out key provisions related to drug-impaired driving offences and procedures. Police are now able to detect suspected drug-impaired driving and enforce strict offences related to drug-impaired driving.
 
Driving while experiencing the psychoactive and intoxicating effects of cannabis containing THC is extremely dangerous. Do not drive after using cannabis, and ensure you are informed about the driving laws in Ontario. Although the effects of intoxication from cannabis that contains THC may wear off, cannabis stays in your system for some time. It is recommended that individuals who use cannabis refrain from driving (or operating other machinery or mobility devices) for at least six hours after using cannabis. If tested, you could test positive for cannabis content in your body.