Remember in school when your teacher used to say “There are no stupid questions?”, with recreational cannabis legalization looming, that saying is making a comeback.
The end of cannabis prohibition is a big deal. And with it, comes a lot of uncertainty and a lot of questions. That’s a good thing. We get it—maybe it’s been a while. Or, maybe it’s brand new to you. Or, maybe you’ve been celebrating and haven’t read the fine print yet. No worries, we can help.
Here are the top things you need to know about legal recreational cannabis in Saskatchewan.
What are the rules?
Quick reference for when cannabis becomes legal:
- You must be 19 or older to enter a store or purchase cannabis in Saskatchewan
- Do not purchase cannabis for a minor
- Photo Identification will be checked before any purchase is completed. 19, 35, 80, everyone.
- It is illegal to drive impaired. The same rules that apply for alcohol DUIs apply for being under the influence of other substances
- You may purchase a maximum of 30g cannabis at a time
- You cannot smoke in public
And, just in case you’re needing more information:
So, what is cannabis?
Cannabis is an Asian flowering plant that has been cultivated for its medicinal and psychoactive properties since ancient history. You might have heard it referred to as marijuana, mary jane, pot, weed, ganja, reefer, flower, bud, or grass. All of these terms (and a few more…) mean the same thing. The term ‘marijuana’ has been seen in recent time as having negative and/or racial undertones. Cannabis is the official term adopted by the government of Canada for this product.
Is there a difference between cannabis and hemp?
Yes. Hemp is a commercially produced plant used for textiles, rope, cosmetics, and cultivated for food products. Hemp has no psychoactive properties and won’t get a person ‘high’.
What does psychoactive mean?
Psychoactive might sound a bit off-putting or scary, but it simply means a substance that acts on your central nervous system giving you temporary alterations to mood, behaviour, consciousness or perception. Psychoactive compounds (such as caffeine, alcohol or cannabis) are often used recreationally, medicinally or spiritually.
I’ve seen Indica/Sativa – what do these words mean?
These terms refer to the two main species of the cannabis plant; Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. Both are cultivated for their medicinal and recreational properties. When recreational cannabis is legal, you will find both of these strains in your local shop.
It is generally considered and reported that sativas offer a more energizing effect for users. The high is more in the head and can give users a feeling of creativity and euphoria. Sativas can cause anxiety or paranoia in users, especially those with underlying anxiety, so it’s always best to be open with your budtender about your needs.
For indicas, it’s generally considered and reported that users feel a more sedative effect. The high is more in the body, and can give users a feeling of deep relaxation or calmness. Indicas are sometimes called “in da couch” because they can make a user feel sleepy.
You might have also heard of hybrids. Hybrids are genetic crosses between sativa and indica plants. They can be bred to be more dominant in either strain.
Each species—indica or sativa—has a number of different types, called strains. Strains (like Pineapple Kush, or Girl Scout Cookies, and many, many more) are names developed and marketed by growers and each has a slightly different profile and smell.
THC, CBD – help me understand these acronyms!
With pleasure. Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids (chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant).
THC (also known as delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis. THC is responsible for the high feeling cannabis users get.
CBD is the compound in cannabis that is responsible for physical effects, but is not psychoactive, so while it does have effects, a user will not feel high from it. CBD is often
So what’s an endocannabinoid system?
Our endocannabinoid system is a biological system in our central nervous system (including our brains) comprised of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. To use a very boring analogy, it’s like our bodies version of mail and mail slots; where the neurotransmitters send out the information, and the receptors take the information in. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating a ton of processes, including fertility, pregnancy, pre and postnatal development, appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory AND regulating the pharmacological effects of cannabis.
How can I buy and use cannabis?
On October 17th, dried flower cannabis will be available for purchase from licensed retail stores and their licensed online stores. Permit holders are licensed through the SLGA and must adhere to strict guidelines.
Customers can smoke or vapourize dried cannabis. It can be prepared as a joint (sometimes called a jimmy), smoked in a bong or pipe, or heated up and vapourized. Health Canada advises that non-combustible inhalation (vapourizing) is the safest way to smoke.
Consumers may also purchase oils, sprays and tinctures containing CBD and THC.
Health Canada has confirmed that eventually, edible forms of cannabis will be legal for recreational use.
I smoked once and didn’t like it, but my friend/partner had a great time. What gives?
Everyone has an endocannabinoid system, but no two are created exactly the same. Each person experiences the effects of cannabis slightly different. If you’re new, or newly returning to cannabis the best advice is to be open with your budtender and take it slow.
Our shops will open in Estevan, Battleford, and Martensville beginning in October. And, our online shop will be open starting October 17th. Our Moosomin location will be open in late 2018. Pop in, or give us a shout, if you have more questions or just want to say hi.