CBD vs THC, where can you buy it and other cannabis questions answered!
It may be legal in Canada but disinformation around CBD and stigma attached to its usage persists. Here’s what you should know about cannabidiol and where you can legally access it.
What you should know straight away is that CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive member of cannabinoid family.
Post legalization there has been a boom of cannabis related products for both medical patients and recreational users. It helps to get a clear idea about what best suits your needs as a consumer.
What is medical cannabis?
In Canada, medical cannabis falls under the Cannabis Act and its Regulations. One can gain access to cannabis through one of Canada’s over 130+ Licenced Producers (LPs) on a doctor’s recommendation. For people looking to use cannabis to treat a specific medical condition, under the supervision of a doctor, the medical cannabis program for Canada is the one to look at. Ongoing studies suggest a healthy individual can consume between 10 and 30 mg on a daily basis. These studies have indicated CBD has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties and is also a neuroprotective agent that helps with gut health, diabetes, skin conditions and bone health. While celebrated for it’s non psychoactive nature, is also believed to work in an antipsychotic manner—reducing anxiety, rather than simply not increasing it.
What is recreational cannabis?
Consumers may use cannabis recreationally for many reasons- sativa-dominant hybrids, for example are used to increase energy levels whereas indicas are used for relaxation. Cannabis-infused products foods and beverages are increasingly becoming all the rage with many choosing it as an option over alcohol and cigarettes.
Cannabis for wellness
Cannabis is making an impact in the health sector as well. While certain cannabis strains (a combination of THC and CBD) are being preferred over prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, cannabis infused bath bombs and salves are also becoming popular amongst consumers. The elevated lifestyle is gaining momentum especially among women who have long been stigmatized for their usage of cannabis are embracing a holistic cannabis-infused lifestyle. Sportspersons and fitness buffs who constantly deal with pain management issues, are also opting for cannabis to boost the body’s endocannabinoid system. All this of course, under the advisement of a doctor.
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Experts and educators in the cannabis field in Canada are highly engaged in creating an environment where accurate information about usage of cannabis is available. From expos like the Cannabis Muskoka Education Expo to seminars and panel discussions at cannabis themed events, there’s tonnes of information available to cannabis lovers, hobbyists and medical users. The Cannabis Muskoka Expo will have approximately eight speakers and twenty vendors which will include a chef infusing ice cream with CBD; a grow kit booth, growing information booths and also a master grower teaching visitors to clone a plant. A significant step in normalizing cannabis by highlighting the plant’s various aspects, expos like this are a treasure trove of information for those looking to educate themselves and understanding important issues like the risks and benefits of self medicating or producing one’s own medication.
The shortage problem
As it currently stands, retailers across Canada are struggling with a shortage of cannabis in general but especially CBD, which is a high demand product thanks to its qualities for being a natural cure to pain and anxiety.
Where can you buy it?
- If you are 19 or over, you can purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS.ca) or in-person at a privately run authorized retailer.
- The Ontario Cannabis Store website, which has a strict set of rules set by the federal government, is the only legal way to purchase recreational cannabis online.
- Online orders are delivered safely and securely.
- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is the provincial regulator authorized to grant store licences and make sure stores sell recreational cannabis safely, responsibly and lawfully. The Ontario Cannabis Store is the exclusive wholesaler to these stores.
Circle of Growth presents: Muskoka Cannabis Expo
Saturday August 3rd, 2019
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