7 Facts If the Last Time You Smoked Weed Was the _90s
Posted on November 12th 2018
If it's been over 20 years since you experimented with marijuana, here are seven things you need to know.
1. Canada Calls It Cannabis Now
The term marijuana has been exposed for its racist roots, but in an attempt to stamp out stigma, slang like pot, weed or grass is on the way out too. Cannabis is the genus of the plant; the word is socially neutral and perfectly acceptable when talking about it as a medicine or recreational drug.
2. Microdosing Is In
As expected people are getting fancy with their cannabis use and it works because the plant has so many components, lending it to product customization.
One of the ways consumers are making their experience more unique is through microdosing, or using the minimum effective dose, without getting stoned. The practice of microdosing can involve other hallucinogens, but cannabis is a popular choice, necessitating the invention of precise titration methods and products like 5-15 mg medicated mints, gummies and breath-freshening strips.
3. Stuff the Stash in a Safe
Cannabis safety is a hot topic in Canada with home stashes and grow-ops needed to be kept safe. Dry cannabis flower is happiest in glass jars in a cool, dark place. And edibles should be locked far away from everyday foods because no one wants an accidentally intoxicated child or pet.
4. Today's Stuff is a Lot Stronger
If 20 years ago smoking a whole joint and being able to maintain was easy, you may burn an entire joint today and think you have no tolerance for the stuff. In reality, you need to start with low doses and slowly increase as you get comfortable. You might even try something with more than a trace amount of cannabidiol or CBD to help dampen the blasting effect of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The endocannabinoid system takes time to condition. You may even get the same overwhelmed feeling by switching from one strain to a different one.
5. You Don't Have to Get High
Cannabis is not just for getting high these days. Wellness and beauty trendsetters are using marijuana to get their skin high without getting stoned. Brands like the Body Shop have been using hemp in their product for years but thanks to legalization, we've spotted THC in topicals and infused bath products. Look online, and you'll find everything from bath bombs to massage oils and lubes.
6. Marijuana Now Comes with Health Labels
Besides health warning information, here are some of the most important pieces of information on the package.
- THC: The most common marijuana product sold is dried, cured flower buds ranging in potency from about five to 25 percent THC. Up to eight percent THC is considered mild, eight to 16 percent is a medium strength, and above 16 is strong.
- CBD: Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common active ingredient in cannabis. It doesn't deliver the intense euphoria, but it can snuff out anxiety, as well as pain, inflammation and spasms.
- 10 milligrams: The potency of infused food is measured in milligrams of THC. One standard dose is 10 milligrams. Those new to cannabis should start with 2.5 milligrams. It can take anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours for edibles to take effect.
- Sativa: Cannabis comes in three main types: sativas, indicas and hybrids. Sativas light up your brain, indicas sedate, and hybrids fall somewhere in the middle.
- 1:1: The amount of THC and CBD is often expressed as a ratio.
- Best before 04/20/18: Treat weed like anything perishable and look for an expiration date on all your cannabis products.
7. It’s Ok to Ask for Help
Budtenders are your guide to the full world of strains, products, and harm reduction. From questions about what to buy, to how it's going to hit, there's a lot of curious exploration that goes into creating excellent cannabis experiences. Asking the right questions helps take away some of the fundamental unknowns, leaving the rest up to the consumer.
And, if you're feeling lucky, there's always a Subreddit you can ask.