Canna-Curious? Let’s Talk
Our Health & Wellness Brand, Kanabé, Answers Your Questions & Talks Legalization
Last fall, the news cycle was dominated by the story of cannabis legalization in Canada. Benefits, risks, regulations, research – so much information to wade through. If you are curious about cannabis but don’t know where to start you are in the right place! We’ve compiled what you need to know about legalization and products along with the most commonly asked questions from the “canna-curious”.
DID YOU KNOW?
Adult-use cannabis legalization in Canada was a historical moment on October 17, 2018 but the government motto was to go slow – limited products, limited licences and retailers which also translated to limited supply. Often people don’t know that there is a “legalization 2.0” coming this fall which includes the legislation of a broader range of products including topicals, edibles and concentrates. Experion’s health and wellness brand, Kanabé Goods Co., has been busy preparing for the next wave of cannabis products and refining the product line to focus on wellness and therapeutic benefits to be available through licenced adult-use cannabis retailers without the need for a prescription. Kanabé is particularly excited about the addition of topicals to the legislation, as it can be a great option for new users to “dip their toe” into trying cannabis products without the worry of getting stoned. Our mandate is to provide health and wellness products that are micro-dosed or non-intoxicating for self-care.
WHAT PRODUCTS WILL BE AVAILABLE WITH THE “SECOND WAVE OF CANNABIS LEGALIZATION”?
In October 2019 the cannabis laws are expanding to include new product categories:
Topicals – products intended for use on the skin, hair and nails such as salves, lotions, bath products, etc.
Edibles – food products like chocolates, beverages, etc. Limited to 10mg THC per package.
Concentrates – processed cannabis for high concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes like shatter, distillate, badder, rosin, crystalline, crumble.
The new rules come into force October 17, 2019 meaning that products won’t hit shelves until earliest mid-December according to Health Canada.
WHAT PRODUCTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE LEGALLY IN CANADA?
Only flower (bud), cannabis oil, or capsules containing cannabis oil are available. For more information on how to purchase products province by province or distinguish what is a legal vs. black market product see our blog post: Your Guide To Adult-Use Legalization
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A CANNABIS WELLNESS PRODUCT?
It could be defined as a method that is easier on lung health (i.e. sublinguals, capsules, edibles) or micro-dosed (i.e. 2-5mg THC content), anything with CBD (“cannabidiol – a plant compound that is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits that will not get a user “high”), or a topical product as its effects are localized without a high.
WHAT ARE THE BASICS OF THE CANNABIS PLANT & COMMON METHODS OF CANNABIS CONSUMPTION?
HOW DO TOPICALS WORK?
A topical is rubbed onto the skin to be absorbed transdermally. Typically, this method does not get absorbed into the bloodstream, meaning it won’t make a user “high”. The effects are localized to where the topical is applied.
WHAT IS MICRODOSING?
Microdosing is a relatively new term referring to a minimum effective dose. Low enough to avoid perceptible effects (i.e. won’t cause interference with day to day activities) but high enough to have therapeutic benefits. This method of cannabis use is a good way to use for wellness or for a beginner who is nervous about feeling stoned or uncomfortable.
HOW DO I USE CANNABIS SAFELY AND DOSE PROPERLY?
Often the stigma associated with cannabis use is based on a bad past experience. There are so many options for cannabis use now which can be difficult to navigate for a beginner. To have a safe and positive experience these are some things to consider:
1. “You can always go up, but you can’t go down” Dosing for each person is different. Start with a small dose and stack more doses slowly over time.
2. Go Slow – Depending on product type the onset can vary sometimes taking up to 2 hours to take effect.
Read all our tips here: https://www.kanabe.ca/safe-use
HOW DO I USE CANNABIS WITHOUT GETTING HIGH?
Some compounds of the plant, such as Cannabidiol (CBD), are non-psychoactive meaning you will not get “high”. CBD comes in a range of products with a variety of uses and benefits and is well known as an anti-inflammatory. If a person wants the pain-relieving properties of THC but doesn’t want a high, they can consider using topicals because when applied to the skin it typically does not reach the bloodstream and therefore won’t interact with the brain.
For more information on CBD, read our blog: The Hype Around CBD
HOW DO I USE CANNABIS FOR WELLNESS?
Note: Based on anecdotal evidence and some research, these are not claims. Consult a physician for specific advice.
With high numbers of people reporting sleep issues and cannabis long been known as a sleep aid, it could provide a good starting point for new users of cannabis. Ingesting marijuana strains with higher levels of THC typically reduces the amount of REM sleep you get, which in turn means reducing dreams and you’ll spend more time in a “deep sleep” state which is known to be the most restorative. Finding the right amount of THC to ingest is based on trial and error but it is best to “start low and go slow” meaning a lower dose to see what you can tolerate and waiting at least an hour before taking more.
One way to maintain health has always been through fitness and staying active. A barrier has always been post-workout soreness and muscle recovery. Topical cannabis applications are known to relieve muscle soreness and inflammation, even help with joint pain. They are applied directly to the skin and work locally, meaning typically would not be any intoxication associated with using the product.
PMS, Menopause & Even Sex
There haven’t been any advances in women’s health relating to pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) for many years. Over the counter pain relievers, hot pads, or just “grin and bear it” has typically been the method of coping. With the boom of cannabis products stateside, there are many product offerings that are aiming to soothe the discomfort nearly every woman experiences on a monthly basis. While tampon-like suppositories, or balms and butters infused with cannabis are not allowed in Canada until late 2019, there are alternatives. Topical cannabis oils could be inserted vaginally or simply rubbed on the pelvis and low back to offer relief from cramping. These same products have shown promise to reduce pain and tension due to vaginal dryness in menopausal women.
Cannabis oils are not just for relieving pain and discomfort, but they could also be used as a pleasure enhancer. When applied topically to the vaginal area, they are known to increase circulation and sensation, as well as relax the muscles.
Hemp seed oil has long been used as an ingredient in skincare, but the industry is taking things one step further with cannabis beauty products including cannabinoids like THC and CBD. This includes lotions, bath products, after-sun care, etc. With CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is known to soothe itching from sunburns, psoriasis, and eczema. Other cannabinoids are thought to have antioxidant properties, making them useful ingredients in skincare for anti-aging. Outside of body and bath oils, these products won’t be available through regulated channels in Canada until the second wave of legalization late 2019.
Canada has some of the highest use of antidepressants in the world, in particular, 1 in 4 Canadian women between 25-55 are on an antidepressant drug[i]. Cannabidiol (CBD) is showing promise to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is known to reduce heart rate and be a mood stabilizer (through regulation of receptor 5-HT1A which releases serotonin)[iI]. While there is much more research to be done, CBD shows incredible potential. One major benefit is that it does not produce the “high” THC is known for.
Download our Passport to Cannabis booklet for more information:
Discovering More About Cannabis
Want to learn more? Kanabé co-founder and Cannabis Wellness Expert, Krystal Laferriere will be speaking at a cannabis education event hosted by IMPACT Magazine October 15th at Hotel Arts in Calgary sharing her story, experiences and offering guidance to the “canna-curious”.
Krystal always had a passion for health and wellness, but she realized it was an ingrained part of her identity and imperative to her quality of life in 2009 when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Recognizing that she was not alone in her fight with Crohn’s, Krystal was determined to help others.
From there, Kanabé Goods Co. was born.
Keeping her own personal health struggles in mind, Krystal was keen to cultivate an effective product that would give others a reprieve from the negative side effects of other medicines and treatments. Working on product development within a highly-regulated industry brought its own unique set of challenges. Those didn’t deter Krystal from using her knowledge to build practical formulations.
“When I started being a vocal advocate for wellness through cannabis, I was amazed how many people came out of the shadows to admit they were cannabis users or curious to try. Professionals, mothers, athletes, all walks of life! To continue to break down stigma there needs to be an open conversation about cannabis use. Not all use is the same. Understanding what you hope to achieve with your cannabis use can help with narrowing down to an appropriate method of consumption, cannabinoid content and dose level to ensure you have a positive experience. It doesn’t have to be what people remember from smoking a joint in high school, it can be tailored to what you want and another tool in the toolkit to achieve wellness.” – Krystal Laferriere, Co-Founder, Kanabe
Learn More at kanabe.ca