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How New Cannabis Products Affect Your Carry Limit
Rules and Regulations - Jul 06, 2020

How New Cannabis Products Affect Your Carry Limit

Across Canada, the recreational public carry limit for cannabis is 30 g of dried cannabis, or the equivalent in non-dried form. That last part is important when it comes to new cannabis formats. Products like gummies, chocolate, beverages, topicals, and vapes will affect your carry limit differently than traditional dried flowers and pre-rolls would. It’s not just a 1-for-1 trade off. A 10 g bar of chocolate doesn’t count as 10 g towards your limit (thankfully).

There’s a very cut-and-dry equivalency factor that’s been laid out by the Government of Canada. They’ve determined what 1 g of dried cannabis is equal to in other formats. On every legal cannabis product, there will be an equivalency factor indicator so you don’t really need to do math on the spot. That being said, it can help you plan for future shopping trips, and hey—some people just like knowing this stuff.

Something to remember right off the hop: equivalency factor has nothing to do with the potency of a product. It has to do with the weight/volume of whatever you’ve purchased.

Edibles equivalency

According to the government’s rules, 1 g of dried cannabis is equal to 15 g of edible product. This applies to gummies, chocolate, sugar, salt, or any other edible product on the market.

Let’s say you wanted to stock up on some Bhang® Chocolate. Each Bhang® bar weighs 10 g. 10 divided by 15 is 0.66 (and way more sixes after that). So, a 10 g Bhang® bar counts as 0.66 g towards your carry limit. If you only had Bhang® bars in your possession, you could carry up to 44 of them and still be within your limit.

Bhang THC Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate bars with package behind them

The equation to remember: [g of your product] divided by 15.

Drinks equivalency

Some people might think drinks would fall under the edible category. Can’t say we blame you on that one, but cannabis drinks have their own equivalency rate. The government states that 70 g of liquid product is the same as 1 g of dried cannabis. This means if you buy a cannabis drink in a 355 mL can, it counts as 5.1 g towards your carry limit. Again, this is regardless of the THC or CBD content. It all depends on how much product is in the actual can or bottle.

The equation to remember: [g of your product] divided by 70.

Concentrates equivalency

According to the government regulations, 1 g of dried cannabis the same as 0.25 g of cannabis concentrate (liquid or solid). Extract vapes fall under the concentrates category when looking at the equivalency rate. For example, if you purchased a 510-threaded cartridge that contained 0.5 g of cannabis extract, it would count as 2 g towards your carry limit.

The equation to remember: [g of your product] divided by 0.25.

Topicals equivalency

Topicals are an interesting case because equivalency will likely depend on the state of the topical. For example, a lip balm may have a different equivalency than a hand cream. It’s still too soon to tell. If you look at provincial stores, you’ll be able to see some of the current topicals and what they equate to. The Ontario Cannabis Store has two transdermal creams, both of which seem to be measured as liquids. The 50 g containers each count as 0.7 g of cannabis towards your carry limit. Through the BC Cannabis Stores website, you can find a multi-purpose balm which comes in a 7 g container and counts as 0.5 g of cannabis towards your carry limit. This seems like it’s being measured as an edible product.

The equation to remember: there isn’t one, so be sure to look at the equivalency section on the label

All in all

New cannabis products count towards your carry limit in different ways. If you’re thinking of heading to a store and stocking up on a bunch of new items, make sure you’re checking the equivalency factor on each label. You don’t have to be a math whiz to follow the law, you know.

The Different Ways To Consume Cannabis
Consuming Cannabis - Jul 03, 2020

The Different Ways To Consume Cannabis

There’s no denying that smoking is the most popular method of consuming cannabis, and that’s probably not going to change. The thing is, not everyone enjoys smoking a joint or taking a hit from a bong. Good news, though. There are ways to consume cannabis other than just smoking. And hey­, if you are someone who enjoys smoking, that’s totally fine. There’s no right or wrong way to consume cannabis as long as you’re doing it responsibly.

Smoking

fresh Cannabis joints

Like we said, smoking is the most popular method of consuming cannabis. You can smoke cannabis in a joint, pipe, or a bong. It all works the same once it gets inside your body. Cannabis needs to be decarboxylated (or heated up) in order for the active compounds to be effective. When you smoke cannabis, you’re burning the bud and activating these compounds. Odds are you’ll likely feel the effects within seconds to minutes. This is because your body absorbs the cannabinoids almost immediately into your bloodstream through the lungs. Could this be why smoking is so popular? We’re willing to guess yes.

Absorption: through the lungs

Onset times: second to minutes

Duration of effects: up to six hours (or longer depending on the person)

Vaping

Vaping has become more popular, too. Though the cannabinoids are absorbed the same as if you smoked cannabis, the way you inhale them is a bit different. When you vape dried flower, the cannabis is heated to decarboxylate the active components, but the flower is NOT burned. The cannabinoids are then inhaled as a vapour rather than smoke, which can lower the exposure to combustion by-products you when inhale from smoking.

In addition to vaping dried flower, you can also consume cannabis with extract vapes. Extract vapes contain cannabis extract, which is where you’ll find the cannabinoids. The same idea happens here, where you inhale the vapour created by heating this extract. No matter which way you vape, the effects and onset times are the same.

Absorption: through the lungs

Onset times: seconds to minutes

Duration of effects: up to six hours (or longer depending on the person)

Ingesting

an illustration of edible cannabis products

Ingesting cannabis isn’t necessarily new. Everyone’s heard about (or experienced) unwanted reactions to a brownie their best friend’s cousin’s neighbour’s co-worker made in high school. However, ingesting cannabis doesn’t just mean edibles. There are a few types of ingestible products on the market right now, like oils, softgels, and chocolate. Then factor in that gummies, salt, and sugar are on their way– ingesting cannabis will no doubt become much more popular.

Whenever you ingest cannabis, no matter the method, it needs to travel through your digestive system where the cannabinoids get processed by your gut and liver. This can take a little bit of time, so you probably won’t start to feel the effects for at least 30 minutes and in some cases up to 2 hours.

As new edible products hit the shelves, you might notice some are marketed as‘fast-acting.’ This means you could feel the effects of the cannabis much quicker than a traditional edible, so it’s always important to start low and go slow with new products.

Absorption: through the gut and liver

Onset times: 30 minutes to 2 hours

Duration of effects: up to 12 hours (or longer depending on the person)

Topicals

It’s strange to associate a topical with ‘consuming’ cannabis, but it is technically a way to get the cannabinoids in your body, so it’s important to know. Topicals are some of the newest cannabis products and can be applied to your hair, skin, and nails. Some people use topicals to treat certain aches and pains, but there’s no concrete evidence to back up their efficacy for that type of treatment.

Regardless of why you’re using a cannabis topical it’s going to work within your body the same way. Unlike with smoking, vaping, or ingesting cannabis which provides an all-over effect, using a topical will generally provide local affects on the area where it’s applied. Topicals are absorbed through your skin and bind to cannabinoid receptors in your immune system, which are part of the endocannabinoid system (the system in your body that allows you to feel the effects of cannabis).

Absorption: through the skin

Onset times: dependent on person

Duration: not currently known, dependent on the person and the product

No matter how you choose to consume cannabis, always remember that everyone’s reaction is different. Start with a low amount and slowly increase once you know how a certain product affects you. And yes, this includes topicals!

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?
Cannabis 101 - Jun 26, 2020

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

The cannabis space can be intimidating to those who are just getting familiar with it, so there are likely a lot of questions—and that’s okay. When it comes to cannabis there are some things that are must-knows, for instance the difference between THC and CBD. You may have heard these terms floating around, or have heard about new CBD products that will soon be released, but what do the acronyms actually mean? And why do they matter?

THC and CBD are both cannabinoids, which are molecules that have been found in the cannabis plant. They’re what react with your body to create the effects you feel from cannabis. Even though there are at least 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, THC and CBD are the most well-studied, so those are the ones consumers tend to focus on.

THC

THC stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. See why it was shortened? This is the cannabinoid you’re probably most familiar with, or at least the one you’ve heard of. THC is responsible for how your brain and body might react to cannabis you’ve consumed, no matter the method. It’s the reason you feel “high” or intoxicated. Commons effects of THC include euphoria, drowsiness, or slower reaction times. The higher the THC content, the more impaired you’re likely to find yourself. That’s why it’s important to start low and go slow when consuming cannabis, especially for those new to the product.

CBD

CBD, on the other hand, which stands for cannabidiol, does not produce the same intoxicating effects that THC does. That being said, it still has an effect on your brain. It’s a little more subtle in its effects, in that it probably won’t cause you to feel the same euphoria that THC would. However, everyone reacts differently to cannabis, so even if you’re consuming CBD products you should still start low and go slow. CBD is often brought up in conversations about wellness, referencing its potential therapeutic effects, but there is no concrete evidence to back this up. It’s strictly anecdotal.

How they work together

Despite their differences, THC and CBD can actually work together. When consumed at the same time, CBD can help counteract some of the intoxicating effects caused by THC. This is why it’s generally recommended that new users, or those looking to minimize the risk of THC intoxication, should reach for a cannabis product containing 2.5 mg of THC and an equal or higher amount of CBD. Remember though, the cannabinoids need to be consumed TOGETHER in order for them to work as a team. Think of it like this: if you ate macaroni at 1pm, then ate some cheese at 1:15pm, that doesn’t make it mac and cheese. If you consume too much THC and then later try to use CBD to counteract the effects, it won’t work.

For a quick recap, THC gets you high, CBD does not, and when taken together they can balance each other out. Keep this in mind when purchasing your next cannabis product.

 

Bhang Goat Cheese and Eggplant Bruschetta
Recipes - Feb 12, 2020

Bhang Goat Cheese and Eggplant Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup of mild flavor extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a small sweet yellow onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, destringed and finely chopped
  • 1 eggplant, cut in half-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of medium fine chopped walnuts
  • 1.5 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped de-seeded tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins or dried currants
  • 3-6 Bhang® Dark Chocolate bars, fine chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup of fresh basil leaves, finely shredded
  • A pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • Crackers, toast points, or thinly sliced French bread crisped in oven

Note: To track dosage, measure your total output in tablespoons and divide the output by the total THC count. Ex. If you end up with three cups of bruschetta, which equals 16 tablespoons and you used 60 mg of THC. You can expect approximately 1.25 mg of THC per tablespoon.

Preparation:

  1. Heat olive oil and avocado oil in sauté or fry pan over medium-high heat being careful not to scorch oil. Cooking 1/3 at a time, fry the eggplant in oil until browned. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggplant and drain each batch on paper towels. When finished, allow the oil to cool and discard all but four tablespoons of oil. If short, add additional olive oil to make up difference.
  2. Return sauté/fry pan to medium heat with the four tablespoons of oil. Add onions and celery. Cook and stir often until onions are caramelized and celery is soft. Add the tomato paste and cook lightly until the tomato paste is lightly browned and caramelized. Add chopped tomatoes and wine and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook 10 minutes until the tomatoes are softened.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Add raisins/currents, cocoa powder pre-mixed with vinegar, Bhang® Chocolate and capers. Mix well and cook five minutes preventing anything from sticking or
    scorching on bottom of pan. Remove from heat, add to eggplant, and 1/2 of the shredded basil and walnuts. Blend well using folding motion.
  4. Portion onto toast points, crackers or thinly sliced crisped French bread slices.
  5. Garnish with the remaining shredded fresh basil.

Always share cannabis with of-age and informed adults who have consented to enjoy THC-infused food and drinks.

Bhang Chocolate Hummus
Recipes - Feb 12, 2020

Bhang Chocolate Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can of cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup of tahini or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup, to taste
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 4 Bhang® Chocolate bars
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Yield: 8 – 5 mg THC servings

Preparation:

  1. Drain liquid from chickpeas and reserve. Heat chickpeas, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave until very warm, but not hot. Place into food processor and puree.
  2. Heat the reserved chickpea liquid in microwave until hot, but not boiling. Set aside.
  3. In separate microwave-safe bowl heat peanut butter or tahini and Bhang® Chocolate in the microwave at 15-second intervals until it is completely melted.
  4. While the food processor is running, slowly add chocolate and tahini or peanut butter to the chickpea mixture. Puree until the two mixtures are completely combined.
  5. Making sure reserved chickpea water is still hot, add two tablespoons of the water to the food processor and puree for 30 seconds. Add an additional one or two tablespoons of the water until a creamy and rich dark chocolate appearance is achieved. Add salt and additional maple syrup as desired. Final appearance should resemble brownie batter.

Always share cannabis with of-age and informed adults who have consented to enjoy THC-infused food and drinks.

Celebrate the Big Game with a Big Bowl of Cannabis-Infused Chili
Indiva Guides - Feb 02, 2020

Celebrate the Big Game with a Big Bowl of Cannabis-Infused Chili

Football season is coming to an end this year with the big game right around the corner, which means it’s time to get together with your football-loving friends for a day of sports, entertainment, food and fantastic commercials.

In Canada, these celebrations may look a little different this year now that cannabis is legal and readily available. Data from Beer Canada suggests that cannabis has curbed our country’s appetite for beer with sales volumes falling by three percent in 2019. This year, especially with edibles now legal, Canadians may add cannabis to this time-honoured tradition. As you can tell, Indiva loves to get creative in the kitchen with cannabis and for this year’s festivities, we’re bringing Cannabis-Infused Chili.

Cannabis-Infused Chili

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 10-14 grams of cannabis, ground into a very fine powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

Garnish Options: 
Sliced scallions, cilantro sprigs, avocado, sour cream, grated Monterey jack cheese, and/or tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, chili, salt, oregano and of course, your desired amount of cannabis. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in tomato paste and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add ground turkey and break it up in the skillet with a wooden spoon. Cook until the turkey no longer has a raw colour.
  4. Add tomatoes and crush them while you stir. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally until thick.

Regardless of who you are cheering for, remember to be safe, responsible and have fun! Always tell your of-age guests about cannabis-infused foods and ensure any cannabis products are kept safe and away from anyone not legally permitted to consume.