A Little Know-How Goes a Long Way When Shopping For Cannabis

Article by Rick Vanderlinde, Barrie Advance

A little know-how goes a long way when shopping for cannabis 'Different strains affect different people in different ways.' NEWS 06:00 AM by Rick Vanderlinde Barrie Advance Ryan Grenville, the manager of Barrie's One Plant store, says education is the key to a good cannabis experience. - Rick Vanderlinde/Torstar There are dozens of varities of dried cannabis flowers, including Lemon Skunk. - Rick Vanderlinde/Torstar Touch-screen information is available when purchasing cannabis at the One Plant store or on the Ontario Cannabis Store website. - Rick Vanderlinde/Torstar There are different ways to ingest cannabis, including through vape cartridges and disposable pens. - Rick Vanderlinde/Torstar

Meandering your way through all the legal cannabis options can be a little mind boggling, especially if you’re new to the world of dried flowers, oils, gels, edibles, vapes and pre-rolls.

Simcoe.com recruited manager Ryan Grenville and assistant manager Robert Jeffery at Barrie’s One Plant to guide us through the maze.

What’s the difference between sativa and indica?

When you shop for cannabis you’ll notice there are sativa strains and indica strains. Grenville explained sativa offers more of a “head buzz” and can be uplifting, while indica has more of a “body buzz” and can be more relaxing. But there’s a caveat when it comes to cannabis: “One of the messages we put out is that different strains affect different people in different ways, so it’s hard to say that this is going to do this or that,” Jeffrey added. If you’re new to cannabis, it’s a good idea to experiment with small amounts until you find your favourites.

Wow, there are so many different types of dried flowers.

Lemon Skunk, Sunset, Jack Haze, Girl Guide Cookies, Moonbeam, City Lights … there are way too many strains to mention. “We have 100 strains in stock. The biggest thing we hear from people who come in is, ‘I had no idea there was so much to this. Where do I start?’” Grenville said. Again, it’s all about educating yourself before you dive in.

CBD or THC, which is best for me?

Top sellers are high-THC flowers, especially pre-rolled joints, which offer a bigger buzz and CBD oils, which are known to offer anti-inflammatory qualities for pain relief, with little to no noticeable high. “We have a lot of people coming in looking for just CBD oil for pain relief or sleep aids,” Jeffery said. You can also get CBD dominant flowers, gel capsules and even drinks.

Hey, where are all the edibles the province promised?

There’s a shortage of edibles just like there was when dried flowers were first legalized in October 2018. It’s tough finding gummies but One Plant has eight varieties of chocolate edibles available. “They are starting to catch up. I’d say in about a month we will start seeing a steady supply of edibles,” Grenville said. Starting with a low dose and taking it slow until you feel the effects is the way to go. “A lot of people have made the mistake of taking some and nothing happens in a half an hour. They take more, and two hours later they are feeling too many effects.”

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