Deciding between Indicas vs. Sativas?
Unsure about THC vs. CBD?
Look no further. Browse our EDUCATION page to become more familiar with industry terminology, science and consumption methods. Consumers who familiarize themselves with these aspects of cannabis can personalize their experience and consume more responsibly.
CANNABIS SCIENCE 101
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. Every human contains a unique biological system of endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes that help regulate a variety of functions in the body—this why cannabis can affect consumers differently.
Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most commonly known cannabinoids.
The majority of consumers look at THC% when choosing cannabis.
Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for producing the "high" sensation associated with the plant. Strains that are considered "strong" will contain over 18% THC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is non-intoxicating and may counteract some THC effects.
High-CBD strains contain at least 4% CBD. Balanced strains will provide CBD:THC ratios that vary from
1:1 or 2:1.
Terpenes are found in all plants, contributing to the plant aroma and flavour profile. They are the essential oils of cannabis and may add to the various effects of different strains, even if the cannabinoid ratios are comparable. Familiarizing yourself with terpenes can help consumers narrow down their cannabis choices.
Used in everything from food flavouring to cleaning products.
Common Effects: Uplifting
Also Found In: Fruit rinds, peppermint, rosemary
Strains with Limonene: Durban Poison, Lemon Haze, Sour Diesel
Vaporizes At: 348ºF (176ºC)
Often found in Indica dominant strains of cannabis.
Aroma: Musky, Earthy
Common Effects: Chill-zone, often associated with the “couch-lock” effect.
Also Found In: Mangos, Lemongrass, Thyme
Strains with Myrcene: White Widow, Purple Kush, Blue Dream
Vaporizes At: 332ºF (167ºC)
The most abundant terpene found in nature.
Common Effects: Grounding, alertness, may counteract some THC effects.
Also Found In: Pine needles, basil, dill, parsley, rosemary
Strains with Pinene: Jack Herer, White Widow, Blue Dream
Vaporizes At: 311ºF (155ºC)
This terpene does not produce any intoxicating effects and targets only CB2 receptors.
Aroma: Pepper, Spicy
Common Effects: No known effects.
Also Found In: Black Pepper, cloves
Strains with Beta-Caryophyllene: OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies
Vaporizes At: 266ºF (130ºC)
Exhibits a floral aroma and is often compared to lavender.
Common Effects: Relaxation
Also Found In: Lavender, citrus, birch
Strains with Linalool: Purple Kush, Amnesia Haze
Vaporizes At: 388ºF (198ºC)
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Aroma: Hops, Earthy
Common Effects: Relaxing
Also Found In: Hops, Cloves, Coriander
Strains with Humulene: OG Kush, Sour Diesel, White Widow
Vaporizes At: 222ºF (106ºC)
STRAINS & EFFECTS
Cannabis strains are generally divided into three categories.
These strains are often sought after for daytime trips or more energizing experiences that are more uplifting and energizing.
Think SUNNY SATIVA
Hybrid strains are custom developed with genetics and characteristics from both Sativa and Indica cultivars.
Indica strain types are ideal for relaxing evening activities that require little to no physical activity.
There are many ways to experience cannabis products.
There are two main inhalation methods: smoking and vaporization.
Consumers can use a bong, pipe, joint, one-hitter, or dry-herb vaporizer to smoke cannabis.
Cannabis concentrates include hash, rosin, shatter and distillate. The forms preserve desirable plant compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes.
Ounce for ounce, concentrates are generally more potent than dried cannabis flower and can be vaped, dabbed or used in culinary creations.
Commercially-produced cannabis oils make it easy to calculate doses. Some products may contain terpene profiles too.
Oils can be ingested orally, added to food or used in topical products.
Who is eligible to purchase cannabis?
Ontario's legal age for cannabis consumption is 19, regardless of which province or country the citizen resides.
What form of identification is required?
Metro Cannabis employees will ID everyone who appears under 40. Consider it a compliment! Valid, government-issued identification is required. This document must contain a picture, date of birth, and expiration date.
How much cannabis can I purchase?
The legal limit for cannabis possession in Canada is 30 grams.
What kind of products are available?
Dried cannabis flower, pre-rolled joints, oils and edibles are regularly stocked. Cannabis concentrates, vapes and accessories are also available.
Can I bring my kids into the store while shopping?
No, minors are not legally permitted inside cannabis retail stores.
Can open and inspect my purchase in the store?
No, it is not permitted to open or consume cannabis products while on Metro Cannabis property.
What is the return policy?
All cannabis sales are final. We do not accept returns or exchanges, unless the product is returned at the point of sale. Customers can review product labels and receipts before leaving the store, but they are not permitted to open packages while on the property.
Cannabis accessories can be returned, with a receipt, in the original packaging, within seven days of the original purchase.
All the cannabis products we carry are grown, produced, weighed and packaged by the Licensed Producers (LPs). The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) is the only legal wholesale distributor of cannabis in Ontario. Any concerns with products that have been opened, will need to be directed to either the LP, or the OCS.