How has Pot Changed?
Laboratory test results of 12 of the most popular strains of marijuana found in 7 Toronto dispensaries showed average THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels of 20% with some as high as 30%. Compare that with weed in the 70’s with THC levels of 2 to 8%! That’s quite a change. Although it’s true that marijuana remains illegal in Canada, these days, an adult can simply walk into a shop and buy marijuana. Some shops require their customers to fill out medical history forms and some require only proof of age. The minimum age is 19.
Teens at Risk
There is some concern, however of the use of weed for adolescents because there’s reason to believe it can stunt brain development in those whose brains are still growing. Per Ottawa Public Health, the minimum age for users should be 25, since that’s when critical brain development is complete, as most scientists agree.
Dr. Steven Laviolette, one of Canada’s top researchers into the effects of marijuana on the brain, says the lab findings are cause for alarm.
“There’s basically nothing to put a brake on the psychological and neuro-physical effects,” he says of the findings.
Studies have shown that when THC is combined with CBD, they seem to balance each other out. CBD mitigates some of the negative effects of THC which include: anxiety, paranoia and psychosis. So, in other words, marijuana strains with canabidiol (CBD) in them are healthier than those without it.
It can’t be ignored that CBD has medicinal benefits in treating everything from childhood epilepsy to schizophrenia and arthritis. Research is focusing on the multiple benefits of CBD and it seems we haven’t scratched the surface of its mysterious properties.
Samples of weed were sent to a lab to test for THC and CBD levels. Half of the samples (six strains) came labelled with their THC content — ranging from 13 to 23%. One sample had a 1% CBD level listed. However, tests revealed the inaccuracy of the labels. Many samples contained higher levels of THC than listed. Another sample contained only half of what was on the label.
None of the samples contained CBD. That’s because, for the most part, marijuana, as a recreational herb has been bred to increase its THC content.
“Park Those Biases”
While Canada may be more conservative in its views of the herb, Our advice is, “Park those biases.”
Though Canada is close to legalizing weed (probably by spring, 2017), Ottawa wants to reduce medical coverage of marijuana for veterans as well as bringing in stricter limits for them.
AAC CBD Oil
AAC CBD Oil is a phytocannabinoid compound found in marijuana with a low occurring rate of 0.3% THC. The FDA considers CBD Oil to be a dietary supplement because it is made from industrial hemp plants.
Benefits of CBD Oil
- Reduces Inflammation
- Reduces Anxiety
- Relieves Depression
- Relieves Pain
- Eases Nausea
- Relieves Seizures