Everyone knows someone who praises the use of cannabis, and you’ve definitely heard the life changing stories from avid supporters. Cannabis has been receiving a lot of media attention, and this is simply due to the fact that the positive impact of cannabis can no longer be ignored. Let’s just say Canada has really stepped up its game, and regulations are increasingly open to cannabis related ideas.
So you might be wondering: what makes cannabis so great these days?
If that question sounds like you, then don’t worry, because we’ll show you everything you need to know about cannabis. The impact cannabis has had for people is unique, because cannabis has qualities that treat many different conditions in a natural way. It is not limited to one health benefit, so neither should your knowledge of what cannabis can do for you. You’ll hear all sorts of things about cannabis like:
- CBD products treating anxiety and relaxing the mind
- Edibles being a truly delicious way to ingest cannabis without smoking it
- THC products being able to ease pain without causing addition THC products helping those with mental health issues like depression
- THC products fixing appetite problems
- CBD products helping comfort an upset stomach
These are all topics that have a lot of hype around them, and this is for good reason. Believe it or not cannabis can actually offer you so much more than what was just listed above. So let’s dive right in, and take a look at exactly why cannabis is generating a lot of buzz.
What can CBD do for you?
If you’re a little shy about diving into THC, don’t worry, because CBD definitely has you covered. CBD is a version of cannabis that has been stripped of most THC.
So what does this mean for you?
It means that you’ll get the positive benefits of cannabis, but you won’t need to be high in order to do so. CBD can actually be eaten, inhaled, or applied to your skin to relieve any symptoms you may have. Let’s take a look at some of the common ways CBD can improve lives:
- Skin care products that deal with acne, dry skin, and wrinkles
- Several different hair products to help you get that style you need The ability to ease the mind when it comes to anxiety, stress, and even depression
- A great sleep aid and muscle relaxer
- A solution for stomach conditions or an upset stomach
- Pain relief
- Emotional and mood enhancement
Now that you know what CBD does, you’ll want to know a bit more about how it works right?
CBD is a byproduct of cannabis that is mostly void of THC. You know, the chemical that makes you a bit hazy. CBD works by taking the positive medical benefits of THC, and getting rid of the “high” that comes with it. A CBD treatment is great if you need to remain somewhat alert most of the time, or are going to be carrying around a vapor based device with you.
The main reason you’ll want to employ CBD to help ease your mind, is due to the fact that it connects to your CB1 receptors. This area of your brain is generally responsible for coordination, cognitive memory, pain detection, mood/emotions, and even your thoughts. If this seems confusing, just think of it like CBD plugging right into your brain. Once plugged in, the CBD will get right to work.
By targeting this area of the brain, or the CB1 receptors, the CBD will begin to provide solutions to any issues in that area you may be having. So if you find yourself down on your luck, and can’t seem to get out of the rut, give CBD a shot. CBD can also attach to CB1 receptors beneath your skin, which is why CBD is so effective when it comes to skin care. What can’t CBD do?
CBD is one of the most natural forms of medicine out there, so you can rest easy knowing your body will be too. You’ll also be pleased to know that CBD can even be used to treat your dog, and can possibly help you shy away from tobacco products. Interesting right?
Enough about CBD let’s talk THC
Everyone knows what THC is, because well, it is the fun part of cannabis. THC produces that high that everyone loves, and to be fair, it is the most natural high you can achieve. THC is actually great at handling some medical issues the natural way. Both CBD and THC are byproducts of cannabis, meaning they come from the same sacred plant.
You might be asking yourself: why use THC if CBD provides benefits without the high?
THC has a couple of benefits you’ll be needing that high that comes with it to achieve. So let’s take a look at some of the perks THC brings to the table:
- The ability to enter a state of euphoria, which can be a game changer for those who are depressed
- Glaucoma treatments
- Appetite enhancement
- Pain relief (a bit stronger than CBD)
- An enjoyable high
- Nausea and stomach issues
- Muscle spasms
THC, like the CBD counterpart, connects to the CB1 receptors in your brain as well. THC is the psychoactive version of cannabis, so expect to see some changes in your mind. You can smoke THC, vape it, and even eat it as an edible. If you’re looking for pain relief, eating THC is going to be your best bet. Why? Because it produces more intense effects that tend to last much longer.
When THC connects to your CB1 receptors it does a whole lot more than CBD can. We know CBD sounds similar to CB1, but believe it or not CBD is a bit weaker when it comes to symptom management. THC is extremely effective when it comes to pain, because it can actually end up taking your mind off the pain. You’ll be too busy eating cheetos while binging Netflix to worry about back pain. THC tends to be a bit stronger, and a lot of this is due to the high that it brings with it. Think of an oxycodone product that is not addicting, and 10 times more safe to use. Interesting right?
The state of regulations in Canada
Now that you know all about cannabis, you might be wondering how regulated the industry is. On June 14th, 2019, a new list of regulations was introduced by the Canadian government. The regulations are not extremely strict, but it is important to know that there are some guidelines.
Let’s take a look at some of the Canadian guidelines for cannabis distribution, sales, consumption, and medical regulation:
- Licenses are required for growing, distribution, and the sale of cannabis
- CBD is generally treated easier than cannabis containing THC
- Age restrictions on those under 18 years old
- Possession limit of 30 grams at one time
- Medical authorization is required for some prescription cannabis options
- Individuals can have up to 4 plants, and can smoke, eat, or vape cannabis as their leisure
- Major growers do require licenses
While there are many more regulations, government documents are always a bit excessive. So we showed you exactly what you need to know, and not the individual list of laws. Boy can that list get boring.
Cannabis used to be a subject that was taboo. People loved it, but nobody could talk about it. What a strange time right? Luckily, in Canada, cannabis is open for business. Regardless of why you might need it, you’ll be happy to hear that you can pursue your cannabis dreams wherever they may lead you. If you need CBD or THC, both options are available to you. Plus, if you have a bit of a green thumb, you can even grow your own plants.
While cannabis may be great for helping you feel relaxed, make sure you understand all of the benefits that come with it. You might be surprised to hear so many good things about cannabis. If you are, don’t just take our word for it, give it a try and see what cannabis can do for you.