BCCL Event Spotlight: Cannabis 2.0 Workshop

We all have our own Endocannabinoid Systems that respond to cannabis differently and there are so many products available in the market today with more to come.  It can be challenging to find the products that are right for you.  Here are some helpful takeaways from our Cannabis 2.0 Workshop that we hosted in partnership with Aurora.  Cannabis Educator and Sales Rep, Ryan Duchak, led us in a lively discussion around Cannabis 2.0 and gave some helpful tips especially for those people who are new to cannabis:

1. Products that contain natural terpenes from cannabis often give you an enhanced experience in terms of taste as well as high. 

    2. These terpenes combined with THC create what is known as “The Entourage Effect” – producing the desired effect based on the terpene content.

    3. If you are new to cannabis, it is wise to try it with people you trust.

    4. If you feel too high:

    • Take time to breath

    • Talk to someone you trust

    • Try to relax and sleep it off

    • As a last resort call 911 rather than immediately visiting a hospital. 

    • 911 operators know how to gauge the needs of someone in this state and will provide direction as necessary

    5. There are many perceived tactics that others believe combat the feeling of being too high such as taking CBD to counteract THC, but they do not work for everyone and are not fact-based in science.

    6. It’s best to start low and go slow when trying any cannabis products for the first time or if you are not familiar with what works for you. A dose of 2.5 - 5 grams can be a great starting point if you are new to cannabis.

    7. The high from edibles is different to the high from vaping or smoking:

    • Vaping or smoking causes a more immediate high that usually lasts about an hour or two

    • Anything ingestible can take as long as 3 hours to kick in and may last for 8 hours

    8. If you are interested in trying edibles, it's best to set aside a day-off to do so and try it with someone you trust. Be patient and wait at least 3 hours before taking more edibles because you do not feel anything.

    9. Disposable vapes are a good place to start if you are new to vaping; however, buying the starter kit with a reusable battery may be more cost-effective, especially if you’re looking to try more than one concentrate.

    10. Oils, sprays, capsules, and topicals can also be good options to start your cannabis journey or help you introduce cannabis to others: 

    • Oils and sprays are versatile in their use cases

    • Capsules are precise and easy to incorporate into our daily lives

    • Cannabis topicals will not get you high but do have many potential wellness benefits, such as being anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving. 

     

    If your curiosity has grown and you have medical questions about cannabis, Cannabis forward clinics such as Canadian Cannabis Clinics are a great place to start. You will be able to set an appointment online from the comfort of your home and speak with a cannabis forward doctor or nurse practitioner that can answer any of your questions.

    As always, we’re here to help.  Ask us any questions you may have and we will try our best to answer them or point you towards a resource that can!