How to Buy Cannabis

Buying cannabis can be as simple as your neighbourhood dealer.
Just follow these 5 steps. 

1

What Form of Cannabis?

Cannabis comes in many different forms. To choose what form of cannabis to buy, first decide how you plan to consume it.

Method How it works Forms of cannabis to buy Onset Duration Pros Cons
Smoking Dried cannabis flowers can be smoked in a pipe, bong or a joint Dried flower

Pre-rolled joint

Extract

Within seconds of inhalation From 1-3 hours Most control of strain, source, and cannabinoid content from using raw flower

Effects felt almost instantly

More affordable

Contains carcinogens

Inconsistent potency between each batch

Harsher on lungs

Vaping Using a vaporizer to heat the cannabis until it produces a vapour, which is then inhaled Vape cartridge liquid

Disposable vape pen

Dried flower (For steam chalice only)

Oil

Within seconds of inhalation From 1-3 hours More subtle, less odorous than smoking

No smoke inhalation

More control over the dose

More convenient setup

Can be more expensive

Some require hours of recharging

Edible Food and beverages that have been infused with cannabis Edible

Oil (To make homemade edibles)

Dried Flower (To make homemade edibles)

15 minutes to 2 hours Roughly 4-6 hours Effects last longer

Discreet and convenient

No toxicity from smoking

Not instantaneous

More difficult to dose correctly because of delayed onset

Improper storage or labeling (especially when sharing) can lead to overconsumption

Tincture Liquid cannabis concentrate that’s created with alcohol and applied under the tongue Dried flower (To make homemade tincture)

Oil

Concentrate (To make homemade tincture)

15-30 minutes A couple to several hours Long lasting and fast onset

Discreet, convenient and no odour

Easy to dose accurately

No toxicity from smoking

Better availability of less common

Alcohol content may not be preferable to some
Might have unpleasant taste
Pricier

Topical Lotion, balm or oil that has been infused with cannabis and can be applied on the skin. The effects are just felt locally. Topical

Oil

5 minutes to 2 hours Up to 12 hours Targets localized pain and inflammation

No psychoactive effects

Very discreet

No inhalation required

Some products may contain parabens or artificial fragrances
Oil Made by extracting cannabinoids into a carrier oil. Often applied under the tongue Oil 15 minutes to 1 hour 4-10 hours Fast onset
Discreet, convenient and no odour

Easy to dose accurately

No toxic chemicals

No lung or throat irritation

Availability of pure CBD

Pricier
Dabbing (For high tolerance users only) Heating a small amount of highly potent cannabis concentrate or extract to create a vapor which is inhaled. Extract Seconds after inhalation 1-3 hours High potency for serious and immediate relief

Heightened flavor and taste

Less odorous than smoking

Easier on lungs than smoking

May be contaminated if made incorrectly

Releases carcinogens

Quickly raises tolerance with regular use

May cause negative effects if user is inexperienced

2

THC or CBD Dominant?

THC and CBD are two types of cannabinoids. Each strain has different levels of THC and CBD, which affect your mind and body in different ways.

What is THC (Short for tetrahydrocannabinol) What is CBD (Short for cannabidiol) When CBD is combined with THC
  • The only cannabinoid that can make you high
  • Can cause a range of effects, such as relaxation, energy, hunger, sedation, memory impairment laughter
  • Affects each person differently
  • Relaxes your mind and body
  • Offers many therapeutic benefits
  • Doesn’t make you high on its own
  • Alters how THC affects you
  • CBD makes the high from THC more relaxing
  • CBD tones down the high from THC
  • CBD makes THC effects last longer 
THC-Dominant CBD-Dominant
  • Very psychoactive
  • Shorter lasting
  • Uplifting
  • Euphoric
  • Soothing
  • Very low psychoactivity
  • Longer lasting
  • Body and mind relaxation
  • Clear-headed
  • Soothing

3

How Strong?

This depends on your experience level and of course, how high you want to get. We measure potency by THC. That’s because THC is the only chemical that can make you high.
Find the right THC range for you (Measured by total THC %):

How potent? TOTAL THC % What does ‘total THC %’ mean?
  • Minimal
  • Very mild
  • Mild
  • Medium
  • Strong
  • Very strong
  • 0 – 1.99%
  • 2 – 6.99%
  • 7 – 11.99%
  • 12 – 16.99%
  • 17 – 20%
  • < 20%
We measure THC potency as a percentage of the total cannabis weight. So if a product is labelled 20% THC, it means that 20% of the total content is made up of THC, which is strong.

Important to note:

  • This is only based on the potency when the dried flower is activated (ie lit up). So don’t bother eating it raw.
  • THC content in dried flower often varies from batch to batch. If it’s important that you know the exact potency, you may want to try another form, like oils or capsules.

4

Choose Your Terpenes

Each cannabis strain contains a different set of terpenes. These are aromatic oils that give a strain its unique scent and flavour, and can affect your body and mind. Each terpene offers something a little different. You can filter your search by the terpenes you like.

Most common terpenes

Myrcene

Earthy, fruity
Associated with relaxation

Pinene

Woody, pine, rosemary, orange peels
Associated with alertness and focus

Caryophyllene

Spicy, woody, black pepper, cloves
Associated with mind and body relaxation

Humulene

Hoppy beer, earthy green
Associated with relaxation

Limonene

Citrus, lemon, lime, orange
Associated with mood boosting and energizing effects

Terpinolene

Sweet, floral, fruity, apple, pear
Associated with uplifting effects

Linalool

Floral, sweet, lavender
Associated with mood boosting and relaxation

5

Choose Your Quantity

Dried cannabis flower can be bought in different quantities. The smallest amount you can buy is 1g. The most you can legally buy at a time is 30g. The more you buy at a time, the cheaper the cost per gram.

As a reference, 1g = 1 large joint or 2 small joints 

I'm new. What should I do?

If you’re just starting out, follow the golden rule:

Start low, go slow until you know

  1. Choose a strain with lower THC level
  2. Try a bit at a time
  3. See how your body reacts
  4. Adjust accordingly

Why we don't care about indica and sativa

When people classify cannabis by indica or sativa, they’re doing it wrong. Sativa and indica are 2 types of cannabis plants that may look different from each other, but are no different when it comes to the effects. We wish the industry was more honest about that.

At one point, it may have been possible to predict the effects a plant would have, but our industry has interbred these two plants to such a degree that there’s no longer a pure indica or sativa plant.

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