Is cannabis legal in Canada?

Yes, as of October 17, 2018 cannabis has been legal and available throughout the country for recreational use.

What cannabis products are legal in Canada?

Products currently available for purchase include dried and milled flower, pre-rolled joints, oils, sprays, capsules, beverages, edibles, extracts, topicals and vape pens.

Do I need ID to purchase cannabis?

Yes. All customers are subject to photo identification requests while purchasing cannabis and cannabis accessories in our stores.

How much product can be purchased at one time?

Canadian possession laws limit a customer’s purchase to a maximum of 30g of dried flower in one transaction. Cannabis equivalencies for non-flower products are calculated automatically by our POS.

How can I consume cannabis?

Upon purchasing legal cannabis in one of our licensed retail stores, cannabis can be consumed through smoking, vaporizing, drinking, eating, or ingesting.

Why does legal cannabis cost more than what’s available on the black market?

Reasons why cannabis prices online and at retail stores are higher include such things as taxes, overhead and government specified production regulations. However, it is important to remember that when you buy legal cannabis you are getting tested, traceable, high-quality cannabis products. Growing conditions for legal cannabis are strictly monitored and regulated by Health Canada.

What is a sativa?

A sativa is a species of cannabis plant that provides energetic, euphoric, uplifting and creative effects. They are medically beneficial for depression, pain, fatigue and stress. Sativas originate around the equator and have a longer flowering cycle. You can usually tell a sativa plant by its thin leaves and its tall (8-15 ft) lanky structure. Sativas will have longer pointed buds that are usually fluffy and will usually possess a fruity and/or lemon scent. Sativas are recommended for during the day as they keep you energetic and focused.

What is an indica?

An indica is the species of cannabis known for providing the “couch lock” effect. Indicas will often make the consumer feel relaxed, tired, sleepy and hungry. Medically, indicas are very useful for reducing pain, increasing appetite, decreasing nausea and stress. An indica cannabis plant grows shorter (2-6 ft) and bushier than its sativa counterpart. Indicas flower quicker with thick leaves and dense round buds that smell of pine and/or earthy. Indicas can be most useful at night to help sleep.

What is a hybrid?

Many strains that are popular today were created through crossing different strains together to create potent, flavourful, high yielding and/or optimal effects. As a result the vast majority of cannabis strains are hybrids, not completely true to either indica or sativa. A hybrid has mixed traits from its parental genetic lineage. Often hybrids will have very enjoyable effects because it isn’t overpowering one way or another. The smell, plant and bud structure can range drastically depending on its genetics. With these genetic variances, hybrids can be used throughout the day or evening. This is because they have some uplifting and relaxing effects. They can make some of the most enjoyable strains because you can tailor the bud/genetics to give you the end product you desire without negative side effects.

What is THC?

THC is the acronym for the term tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the most well known cannabinoid and the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects or “high” associated with cannabis.

What is CBD?

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol and is another cannabinoid. It’s a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant that does not produce a high or intoxication.

What are terpenes?

The term terpene is used to describe the fragrant and flowered compounds secreted from the trichomes of cannabis flowers. Terpenes occur in many places in the natural world, primarily in plant and tree species.

What are topicals?

Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness and inflammation. Because they are non-psychoactive, topicals are often chosen by people who want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the cerebral euphoria associated the other delivery methods.

What is rosin?

Rosin is a solventless, cannabis concentrate made through the application of heat and pressure. Rosin allows you to consume the essential oils of the cannabis plant without burning the plant matter. Rosin is currently the safest form of concentrate to produce because of the lack of solvent.

Do cannabis products have an expiry date?

Cannabis products list the date that the cannabis was packaged which indicates when the finished product was placed and sealed in its final packaging. Expiry dates, which are directionally used to communicate the stability of the product in regards to potency, are not mandatory in Health Canada regulations so some licensed producers will provide them but many do not. If the product is stored properly it should maintain the full potency until opened.

How do you store cannabis?

The three things that will negatively affect cannabis are oxygen, temperature and light. It is best to use an air tight jar, keep it out of direct light and store it at a cool temperature. When storing cannabis over a short period of time, room temperature is fine. It’s more important to keep it out of a warm spot or drastically changing temperatures. When storing cannabis for a long time (months) it is best to keep it in a sealed mason jar, out of light and in a cool storage place.

How do edibles differ from smoking cannabis?

There is a big difference between a cannabis product which is consumed as an edible compared to a cannabis product which is smoked. First, the edible form of cannabis will be processed by your digestive system, eventually hitting your liver where it is converted into a different psychoactive compound than you get from smoking the plant. Whereas the lungs simply process the smoke into the bloodstream, the liver actually creates a completely new THC-derivative which is 10 to 15 times more potent than the THC you get from smoking cannabis. This potency difference is also the reason cannabis flower (to be smoked) is sold by the gram whereas edibles are sold by the milligram. It is also important to remember that a cannabis edible can last significantly longer that a smoked high from cannabis. Some edibles can last anywhere from 6 to 12 hours.

Can I drive after using cannabis products?

No. Please refer to Health Canada link on Impaired driving:

How long do the effects of cannabis last?

Effects can be felt within seconds to minutes of smoking or vaping cannabis. These effects can last up to 4 hours or as long as 24 hours. If you eat or drink cannabis, effects can occur within 30 minutes to 2 hours. These effects can last up to 12 hours or as long as 4 hours. Please refer to Health Canada link on Consumer Information:

Is cannabis safe to use if I'm pregnant or breast feeding?

Until more is known about the short and long-term effects of cannabis, it is safest to avoid cannabis when preganant and breastfeeding. Although cannabis is a natural plant, it doesn’t make it safe during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor before consuming any type of cannabis. Please refer to Health Canada links for more information on pregnancy and breastfeeding.

I'm new to cannabis and not sure what products to choose?

Our team at Growers Retail are here to help customers find cannabis products that suit their needs. It is always wise to start low to understand the effects on your body as cannabis is different for everyone. Please refer to Health Canada recommendations:

What is 1 gram of dried cannabis equivalent to?
  • 5 g of fresh cannabis
  • 15 g of edible product
  • 70 g of liquid product
  • 0.25 g of concentrates (solid or liquids)
  • One cannabis plant seed.

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