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A Brief Overview of Cannabis and Its Effects

Cannabis, commonly referred to as weed, refers to a group of plants known for their medicinal benefits. It is often consumed for its soothing and tranquilizing effects and is prescribed to alleviate various medical conditions such as chronic pain and loss of appetite.

Cannabis consists of more than 120 components, collectively referred to as cannabinoids. While the specific functions of each cannabinoid remain unclear to experts, two well-understood ones are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

CBD is a non-intoxicating and non-euphoric cannabinoid, meaning it doesn't induce a “high”. CBD is commonly used to alleviate inflammation and pain. It may also provide relief for nausea, migraines, seizures, anxiety and is also used to treat certain kinds of epilepsy.

On the other hand, THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and is responsible for the euphoric sensation known as the “high”, that is associated with cannabis. A strong psychoactive product exceeds 15% THC content. More than 25% THC is classified as very high THC.


Using THC dominant Cannabis has both beneficial and concerning effects. Some of the more-desirable effects include relaxation, giddiness, increased appetite, focus and creativity. The less-desirable effects of Cannabis include coordination issues, delayed reaction time, lethargy and increased heart rate.

The effects of Cannabis vary based on method of consumption. If smoked, cannabis effects can be experienced within minutes. If orally ingested through edibles or in a capsule, it may take several hours before the effects kick in.

There are over 700 varieties of cannabis strains, all of which induce different effects! The two main types of cannabis are known as Sativa and Indica. Sativa’s are primarily energizing while Indica’s have a relaxing effect however it's not that simple. The effects of individual plants can differ, even within the same cannabis type. This variation is influenced by the plant’s genetic and chemical makeup and the cultivation methods.

When seeking the suitable cannabis product for your needs, engage in a conversation with a professional budtender regarding your goals for cannabis use, whether it's treating insomnia, alleviating anxiety or boosting energy. At Stone Age Dispensary our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders are available at your service!

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