The way in which the phytocannabinoids in cannabis interact within the body's Endocannabinoid System can produce a range of temporary effects on the mind and/or body. The effects vary from person to person and depend on many factors, including an individual’s physiology, the strain, how it’s consumed, how much is consumed and the content.
Reasons some people use recreational cannabis:
Because cannabis interacts uniquely with each individual, it’s possible you’ll experience something different than what you may have expected.
Achieving Desired Effects
Until the 1980s, it was believed that the species of cannabis-sativa or indica was solely responsible for the effect produced by cannabis: sativa was typically thought to produce a more energetic experience, while indica was said to be more sedating. Now, with hundreds of hybrids and new strains on the market, coupled with new beliefs about active components and the effect of their combinations, this information may be misleading.
While many licensed cannabis producers are trying to cultivate new strains to reliably produce certain desired effects, the science of producing a product with consistent effects for every person is not yet well enough understood, and much more research will be needed before this is possible. For this reason, it’s not possible to completely predict the experience you will have.
Many licensed producers will communicate the intended or reported effect(s) of their products. Often, the information they provide will be crowd-sourced, which means it has been reported by consumers who have used the product. It is important to know that this information is not often scientifically gathered or tested, and to remember that every individual reacts to cannabis differently.
Avoiding Unpleasant Effects
Experiencing undesired effects is always a possibility when consuming cannabis, particularly when too much is consumed. These unpleasant effects can include:
Most of these effects are temporary, but two excellent ways to avoid or minimize them are to choose cannabis with low THC content and to consume small amounts slowly.
Long-term Effects of Cannabis Consumption
Some studies have suggested there may be long-term effects associated with prolonged use of cannabis. These long-term effects may include (but are not limited to):
Consult the Health Canada Website for further information on the potential health effects of consuming cannabis.
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