It seems every day a new headline praises Canada’s achievement in becoming the first G7 country to federally legalize adult-use cannabis. Experts say the international community is focused on the Great White North, studying our regulatory framework, product development, and social impact as a foundation for their own moves to medical or adult-use legalization. But while policy makers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe look to Canada, companies here are looking outward.
While experimenting with various forms of cannabis can be an exciting and educational experience, it is important to understand the differences in their preparation, dosing, and application. Walking into a shop can be daunting for new consumers, so here are a few things to know about a selection of common products both available through legal retailers and expected to hit the market this year.
Scientists have identified over 100 cannabinoids, the two compounds currently holding the spotlight are the most commonly occurring: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Despite their popularity in the media and newly legal marketplace, there is a staggering amount of misinformation circulating about these cannabinoids.
As Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker wrote: "Much of what is today called 'social criticism' consists of members of the upper classes denouncing the tastes of the lower classes (bawdy entertainment, fast food, plentiful consumer goods) while considering themselves egalitarians."