What exactly is cannabis?
Cannabis is a drug used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Cannabis is sourced from the flowers, buds and leaves of the cannabis plant. The primary ingredient in Cannabis is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC. It is the aspect of the plant that delivers the high, as it’s often called. THC potency varies dramatically in cannabis products.
Is there a difference between cannabis, marijuana, weed or pot?
Different names for the same substance though cannabis is the preferred usage.
Are there different varieties of cannabis?
Cannabis is derived from two different varieties of plant. The first, Cannabis Sativa, is a tall plant with thin leaves with a chemical known to produce an energetic, uplifting mood when consumed. Cannabis Indica is a shorter, denser plant known to have a mellow, calming effect on the user. Hybrids can feature characteristics of both the Sativa and Indica plants.
What sort of cannabis products to you sell?
Greentown only sells fresh, safe, quality products! You’ll find a variety of cannabis products including dried flower, milled flower, pre-rolls, capsules and oils. The dried and milled flower can be smoked or eaten with food. Pre-rolls (cannabis cigarettes) are rolled for your convenience and ready to smoke. Oils can be ingested or consumed in either food or drink. Capsules are taken orally. Commercially made edibles are not legal to sell right now, but you can certainly create edibles for your personal use.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
Both are chemical compounds but produce different effects. THC – short for Tetrahydrocannabinol – produces euphoria or the feeling of being high. CBD – short for Cannabidiol – has less psychoactive effects and has been found effective for pain control. Some studies suggest that when the percentage of CBD is higher than that of THC, the effects of THC are lessened.
Will more cannabis products be available in the years to come?
Additional products such as edibles and cannabis concentrates will be available later in 2019, once the Cannabis Act has been in force for one full year.
Can I grow cannabis at home and if so, how much?
As the law stands, each household will be allowed to cultivate up to 4 plants. Keep in mind, there may be restrictions imposed by your landlord if you’re a renter or by-laws brought down by your condo association. Be sure to check before you start cultivating cannabis.
Considerations when purchasing Cannabis
Cannabis today is not the same herb popular in the 1960s. A few decades back, the average THC level was closer to 3.5 per cent of the compound. Today, that level can be as high as 20 per cent or more. It’s important to get a sense of the level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in the product you’re buying. THC is the primary psychoactive in the cannabis. The higher the THC, the stronger the psychoactive experience. Some products are higher in CBD (Cannabidiol) which, unlike THC, does not produce a psychoactive high. The higher the CBD, the less psychoactive the experience. Strains high in both THC and CBD will produce a milder experience.
There are a variety of choices available today, and if you’re unfamiliar with the options, the knowledgeable staff at Greentown will be happy to explain the choices available. And even if you’re familiar with the product, it might be time for a fun and fascinating refresher. Remember, Greentown sells only high quality, fresh, safe cannabis and cannabis products.
How will I know if I’m getting a quality product?
The best and easiest way to determine the quality of a cannabis flower is through smell. Trust your nose. Fresh, quality products – the only type sold at Greentown – will have a strong fragrance. High-quality cannabis should be slightly sticky to the touch and should break easily without crumbling. Cannabis that’s too dry will fall apart easily.
Fresh cannabis flowers will be colourful with prominent reds, purples, blues and greens. If the cannabis is an unattractive brown/green, it is no longer fresh and should be avoided.
The best way to know that you’re getting a quality product is to patronize a quality retailer, such as Greentown Cannabis where fresh, safe, high-quality products are guaranteed.
Finding the right CBD to THC ratio will help you to experience the greatest benefit from cannabis. So, whether you’re experienced with cannabis or trying it for the first time, a basic understanding of how CBD/THC ratios will help you achieve the results you desire.
The amount of THC and CBD contained within any form of cannabis depends upon the formulation whether that be a smokable flower, capsules or oil. The optimal ratio will vary depending upon an individual’s physiology, state-of-health and cannabis tolerance.
THC dominate options (0:1) will deliver a varying degree of psychoactivity which can be reduced by introducing CBD. A 1:3 ratio of CBD to THC results in moderate psychoactivity, increased relaxation, greater appetite along with claims of reduced inflammation.
A ratio of equal parts of CBD to THC (1:1) is considered most effective for relief of pain, lessening of anxiety, insomnia and nausea resulting from certain medical treatments. A 1:1 ratio is a good starting point for individuals who want to experience cannabis for the first time.
Higher CBD options offer little psychoactivity but may be beneficial for curbing anxiety, depression and reducing stress. For honest advice and more information on understanding CBD/THC ratios, speak with the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Greentown.
Remember, for fresh, safe, high-quality cannabis and related products in Red Deer, make Greentown your first choice! Greentown Cannabis – explore your expectations!
The Greentown Cannabis website is designed to provide you with details about our business and general information about cannabis and its uses.
It is not intended to be a definitive guide to cannabis products or consumption. The use of cannabis may present risks to your health, see your health provider for details.
All drugs can be abused so please use cannabis responsibility.
To learn more, visit the Government of Canada “Cannabis in Canada” website at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/cannabis.html
Where can I smoke cannabis in Red Deer?
The Smoke-Free Bylaw – updated in September of 2018 – prohibits the consumption of cannabis in public. Smoking and vaping cannabis in any public location is strictly prohibited
The updated Smoke-Free Bylaw prohibits consuming cannabis in public, and that includes locations such as playgrounds, sports fields, hospitals, and school to name but a few.
The updated bylaw outlines fines of $500 for a second offence and fines “not less than $500 and not more than $2,500 for a third or subsequent offence.”
Essentially, you may smoke cannabis in your private residence but keep in mind, if you’re renting or residing in a condominium setting, further restrictions may be applicable.
Is it legal for me to take cannabis across the Canadian border?
No, cannabis is still illegal in most countries, and that includes the US. Though Cannabis is legal in some American states, transportation of Cannabis across the Canada/US border is considered a criminal offence. The same holds true if you’re travelling internationally. You could face series criminal penalties and likely be denied access to your destination country.
Is it dangerous for me to drive under the influence of Cannabis?
In a word, yes! In the same way driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous (and illegal), cannabis is no exception. While under the influence, your response time and ability to exercise good judgment will be dramatically impaired. Your ability to rationally determine cause and effect could also be impaired. It can be dangerous for you, those in your vehicle and others sharing the road with you, so do not drive under the influence of cannabis!
You could face a fine, criminal charges or even jail time if you drive while impaired by cannabis. If you’re a GDL driver, there is zero tolerance for cannabis in the blood stream. You may be slapped with an immediate 90-day license suspension followed by participation in a one-year ignition interlock program along with the possibility of criminal penalties. Please, never drive high!
Can I transport Cannabis between provinces in Canada?
Regulations vary considerably from province to province. Infractions can come with severe penalties. In Alberta, you can transport cannabis in a vehicle but (like alcohol) it must be secured in closed packaging and not within reach of the occupants or driver. It’s important to do your research and find out the law from province to province. Typically, illegal transportation is met with a fine, confiscation of cannabis and mandatory drug testing.