Frequently Asked Questions and Answers. 

What is THC?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is Cannabis’ best-known cannabinoid and is the chemical responsible for the most of marijuana’s psychological effect; “the high”. THC is a lipid found in Cannabis, assumed to be involved in the plant’s self-defense against insect predation, ultraviolet light and environmental stress.  

Can I consume cannabis in public?

No, cannabis laws in Calgary are similar to that of alcohol. Some outdoor events may be granted special permitting through the City of Calgary. 

What cannabis products are available for purchase?

The product formats currently available for purchase includedried flower, milled flower, pre-rolled joints, oils, sprays, capsules, vape pens, vape refills, disposable vape pens and edibles. 

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How much cannabis can I have in my possession when in public?

You can have up to 30 grams in your possession when in public in CalgaryThis 30 grams would be the sum of all cannabis formats. For simplicity sake 30 grams of dry flower. If you have other cannabis products in your possession the amount of dry flower would be decreased.  

What are the different strains of cannabis?

Cannabis has 2 major strains, Sativa and Indica. The Sativa strain tends to energize and stimulate creativity and in considered the daytime strain while Indica in considered the nighttime strain and is perceived to cause laziness and sleepiness. Hybrid strains are a mix (a hybrid) of the two and are known to provide a more balanced combination of Indica and Sativa effects. 

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds that provide aroma and flavor in cannabis and a variety of other organisms, including plants. Terpenes are responsible for the aroma and flavors of cannabis and influence its effects by interacting with cannabinoids. Terpenes are formed inside cannabis trichomes. 

What is a Trichome?

In cannabis, trichomes function as a defense mechanism. When female cannabis plants begin to produce flowers in the wild, they often become vulnerable to various insects and animals as well as non-living environmental variables such as potentially harmful UV rays. Trichomes serve as a deterrent for animals because their bitter taste and strong aromas render cannabis flowers unpalatable. At the same time, they also serve a dual function in protecting their plants from damaging winds and even some varieties of fungal growth. 

Can a recreational cannabis dispensary give medical advice in Calgary?

No! For treating ailments, a patient must obtain medical advice from a source with medical cannabis qualifications. Once prescribed an individual can try and match the prescription at a recreational store

How long does it take for cannabis edibles to kick in?

Edibles typically can take anywhere from 30-120 minutes (maybe longer depending on an individual’s body chemistry) to kick in. However, onset time depends on a lot of factors. First, it depends on the product’s active ingredients. If the product contains a high dose or concentration of THC, it could take effect faster. Keep in mind that CBD-only edibles are not psychoactive. They don’t cause the “high” typically associated with THC-infused edibles. As a result, it may be harder to identify when CBD products have taken effect. For both types of products, onset time also depends on where in the body the edibles are being broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. 

Caution: make sure your original dosage has taken full effect before eating more.  

How long does it take cannabis oils and capsules to kick in?

Oils and capsules typically can take anywhere from 30-120 minutes (maybe longer depending on an individual’s body chemistry) to kick in. However, onset time depends on a lot of factors. First, it depends on the product’s active ingredients. If the product contains a high dose or concentration of THC, it could take effect faster. Keep in mind that CBD-only edibles are not psychoactive. They don’t cause the “high” typically associated with THC-infused edibles. As a result, it may be harder to identify when CBD products have taken effect. For both types of products, onset time also depends on where in the body the edibles are being broken down and absorbed into the bloodstream. 

Caution: make sure your original dosage has taken full effect before taking more.  

What are cannabinoids?

Molecular yet mighty, cannabinoids are chemical compounds that stimulate the CB1 receptor in the brain, resulting in a spectrum of benefits and effects. Here, we’ll focus on the most common: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). 

THC-dominant 

Choosing a strain that’s THC-dominant will give you the intoxicating “high” that’s commonly paraded in pop culture. The psychoactive effect is balanced and damped by the level of CBD in the strain. 

  • Alters consciousness and perspectives 
  • Produces feelings of euphoria 

CBD-dominant 

Choosing a strain that’s CBD-dominant will give you a grounded “body” experience. This cannabinoid is non-psychoactive, making it desirable to those with THC sensitivities. 

  • Little to no psychoactive effects 

THC/CBD balanced 

Choosing a strain with a balance of THC and CBD will harmonize the overall effects of each cannabinoid. CBD cushions the CB1 adaptor in the brain, softening the psychoactive effects of THC.