How to Choose What Cannabis Product is for You
No matter which product you choose remember that:
- Cannabis affects everyone differently and may potentially have harmful effects if not consumed responsibly.
- Many factors contribute to the effects cannabis may produce.
- Start with a small amount and consume slowly.
With so many different products and strains of cannabis available you should consider all the information before selecting or trying a new product, especially if you are new or relatively new to cannabis.
A few items to take into consideration:
- Everyone is unique and the effects of cannabis are highly individualized. Your experience will depend on many personal factors, such as your experience with cannabis, your age, your gender, and even your mental and physical health.
- THC Tetrahydrocannabinol [THC], is the cannabinoid primarilty associated with the psychoactive and intoxicating effects of cannabis. Understanding THC potency can be helpful in gauging your experience. A product potency that is labelled 15% THC means that THC makes up 15% (150 milligrams per gram) of the total cannabis content.
- 20% THC content is considered “very strong”
- 33% is the highest potency level available at this time
- cannabis strains in Canada are frequently between 15% and 20%
- Cannabidiol [CBD], is another of cannabis' active compounds. If it is consumed on its own, it is generally not intoxicating but when it's in a product with a minimum of a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, the CBD may negate some of the psychoactive effects of THC. If your preferance is a less psychoactive experience you should choose products with only CBD or ones with a high ratio of CBD to THC.
- Terpenes Terpenes are chemical compounds in the fragrant oils of many plants that give them their unique scents and flavours. Cannabis strains typically have a dominant terpene and may also contain several others. Terpenes may affect your aromatic or taste experience with a cannabis strain.
- Method of Consumption How you choose to consume cannabis can have an effect on the experience you have, primarily as to when your experience begins and how long it will last.
- Smoking or vaping, eating or drinking of cannabis produces different effects because of the way in which the compounds enter your bloodstream.
- Inhalation can produce an effect within seconds, so waiting before inhaling a second time helps control your experience. You should also consider the potential effects inhalation can have on lung health.
- The effects of ingesting cannabis will take longer to experience and may last longer than inhaling it. You should wait about one hour to gauge the level of effect after ingesting cannabis.
- Amount Consumed The amount of cannabis you consume may directly affect the experience you have. Even if you choose a lower-potency product, you can still over consume and potentially experience unpleasant, negative or harmful effects. It is always advisable to start with a small amount and consume slowly.