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Why Am I Not High Even After Smoking Medical Marijuana



There are plenty of aspects of cannabis that are still unknown. That would be because of the lack of research. We all can thank the federal government for that. But that is for another day.  Today we will be talking about an issue that is very seldom talked about i.e. not being able to get high. Especially with a medical marijuana card. In a world where every second story is that of people getting high out of their minds, it can often be a very confusing position if you can’t pinpoint why you are not experiencing the same set of effects. Not that getting high should be your goal. But there are certain benefits that do come along with it. Especially if you look at the medical aspects.  It is a known fact that cannabis works differently for different people. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of cannabis, while others are more tolerant. The effects are all dependent on your own body. Everything from biology to genetics comes into play when one is looking at how cannabis works in your body.  We will be having a look at all the possible reasons why you might not be feeling high even after using medical marijuana.

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A man holding a cannabis joint

The First-Time Effect

It is not a well-known fact but the truth is that it is often very tough for first-time users to feel the effects of cannabis. Actually, there are times when it may take several times before you can actually feel the full effects of the plant. So, if you are a new user then you should give it a couple of tries. Some theories about why you might not be feeling high when you use marijuana for the first couple of times.

  • Quite possibly you are just not using cannabis in the right manner as you are new to it. Maybe you just got a medical marijuana card and started smoking the herb. And, you aren’t  inhaling properly or there are some other reasons you will learn as you continue to read.
  • Cannabis works by reacting with cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout our brains and body. We produce a certain amount of cannabinoids naturally but that’s in very small quantities. There is a belief that it takes a little time for the receptors to get fully activated.
  • The final theory with beginners is that they might be facing some kind of psychological hindrance on your path to being high. This includes overthinking, anxiety, or any other kind of mental block that makes it tough for you to relax and enjoy the experience. 

Inhale The Right Way

If your consumption method of choice is smoking or vaping then you might be required to hone your inhaling skills. As far as general consensus goes, it is tough to inhale in the beginning but you learn over time.  Start with small hits and then move onto bigger hits as you get comfortable. It is a simple process that consists of you taking slow deep breaths. It helps if you remember that the smoke has to go to your lungs and not your stomach. If your stomach is involved in any capacity, then you probably have swallowed smoke instead of inhaling.

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A man holding a marijuana leaf

Bad Cannabis Is Basically Bad

We live in a world where we have a lot of options and it can often get very confusing to buy the right kind of cannabis in the market. There are still moments where you can get high from low-quality cannabis but more often than not you can’t.  So how do you judge the quality of cannabis in question? For starters always try and get it from legit dispensaries with a medical marijuana card as they have a lot more quality checks in place. The next thing you can do is lookout for the number of seeds in your cannabis. A stray one here or there is fine, but if you constantly find them in large quantities then there is a problem with your cannabis. Look for the trichomes, there are the crystal structures on the flower. They contain THC and other good cannabinoids which all point towards the good quality of cannabis.

To learn more about cannabis and its cannabinoids, watch the following video-

Apart from cannabinoids, you should consider smell of cannabis. Strains can smell fruity and piney and whatnot. As long as you get a strong, pungent scent without any moldy odor you have got good marijuana.

Quantity Matters As Well

It is always advised that you should start slow and then you build up. But sometimes, you need to use just a little more to get the desired effects. This is probably a quality issue with cannabis. So, always check before you make a cannabis purchase.

Consumption Method Plays An Essential Role

There are plenty of ways one can use cannabis. Often as a beginner, you might make the mistake of choosing the wrong method of consumption for yourself. As a first-timer stick to smokables. They are simple and effective. But if you have been using them and have not gotten the desired results then you can give pipes a try.  Vaping is not all that easy. There are temperatures at play, electrical parts, and also the type of marijuana being used. If you want to try a different form of metabolization then cannabis edibles are a great idea as well. The idea is that a different form of consumption will help out.

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Cannabis buds and leaves

The Biggest Culprit of Them All: Tolerance

If you have just begun to use cannabis, then this might not be an issue. But if you have been using cannabis for a while then there is a chance that you might have increased your tolerance to exorbitant levels. Now, if you have done that it might be time to take a good old-fashioned tolerance break.  You don’t have to fret over the fact that you are unable to get high. You can check if one of these things is the issue or maybe you are just using the same strain over and over again.  Remember that everyone’s body is different and some particular methods will always work better than others.

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A Conservative Cannabis Act?  – Cannabis | Weed | Marijuana




Is it possible a Conservative Cannabis Act can fix the damage of Justin’s legalization?

On October 17th, 2018, the government of Canada legalized cannabis with strict conditions on who could sell it, how to access legal products, and how much you could grow for personal use.

This top-down public health scheme split BC Bud into two camps. Those who wanted to follow the rules and try to become legitimate. And those who saw the corporatization of their medicinal herb and said, “no, thanks.”

Four years later, even large licensed producers are worried about the future of the cannabis industry. It seems you can’t take a public health approach and have a thriving commercial sector.

The two are incompatible, as evidenced by the continued existence of the illicit market.

Canadians aren’t buying moonshine made in bathtubs. Alcohol regulations across the country are liberal enough to prevent black markets.

This truth is so evident that only the “right-wing” parties of the country understand this. Unfortunately, only one of them is capable of winning the next election.

And it’s led by a leader who believes drugs are inherently harmful and that “addicts” need treatment and recovery.

A Pierre Poilievre Conservative government likely won’t touch the Cannabis Act with a ten-foot pole. But let’s say they do. What would a Conservative Cannabis Act look like?

The Cannabis Act is Already Conservative

A Conservative Cannabis Act? 
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If we travel back to, let’s say, 1972, and I told you Canada would legalize cannabis in 2018. Then I explained how the regime looked. You might wonder: did the Conservative Party legalize cannabis?

Traditionally, liberals have been for individual rights. A true, small-L liberal government would legalize cannabis for the same reason they don’t ban abortions: you own your body.

Wanna fill your lungs with cannabis smoke? That’s your prerogative. Just as you have every right to evict a trespasser using your uterus, rent-free.

Liberals, in the classical sense, are about decentralization.

We already have laws on the books to deal with the legal cannabis industry. There’s no reason to create a task force or an “expert panel,” to study the issue.

Health Canada does not need to enforce the rules.

If the Conservative Party legalized cannabis, they would do it for all the reasons Justin Trudeau’s Liberals outlined in 2015.

We gotta protect the children. We gotta remove the profits from criminal gangs.

Cannabis legalization, as envisioned by the Cannabis Act, is an egalitarian idea. A conservative reaction to the failure of the drug war as it pertains to weed.

Justin’s legalization is a Conservative Cannabis Act. From the erroneous claims about public health and safety to the anti-marketing, plain-packaging, child-resistant plastic containers legal cannabis is sold in.

The Cannabis Act fits squarely into the conservative camp. 

Will Justin Run on the Weed Ticket Again? 

Justin Trudeau could face an election when this Cannabis Act review wraps up in 18 months. He could run the weed ticket again, as that’s the only real success he’s had with young people.

And young people are leaving the Liberals and NDP in droves to join Poilievre’s common sense revolution.

We know Justin loves using wedge issues to divide Canadians amongst themselves.

The Cannabis Act review might suggest increasing the 10mg edible THC limit to displace the black market. But public health busybodies won’t be for it because it doesn’t protect “the children.” 

What do you think Justin will say? He’ll go wherever the polls lead him.

We know what Poilievre will do. Despite his condemnation of public health for lockdowns and vaccine passports, he’s on board with their addiction, recovery, and treatment rhetoric.

Fortunately, if this is part of Justin’s reelection plan, I don’t think it’ll work.

For starters, it’s not 2015 anymore. Justin’s “sunny ways” have come and gone without anybody noticing they were here to begin with.

It’s 2022, and people are struggling with the cost of living. Liberal commentators talk about inflation not being an election issue if (or when) Canadians go to the polls in 2025.

But that’s ridiculous. The people saying this are those who didn’t see the inflation crisis coming. And when it hit, they called it “transitory.”

The reality is we’re entering the stages of economic depression the likes the world hasn’t seen since the 1930s.

Suppose Justin tries to run on a more liberalized legalization scheme. 

It’s unlikely that young people living with their parents or putting 80% of their income into their living costs will care.

What Pierre Poilievre Told Me 

A Conservative Cannabis Act? 

I don’t see a Poilievre government touching the Cannabis Act.

If the 18-month review wraps up in time for an election, perhaps a Poilievre government will implement its findings. Part of that continuity of government, where Harper’s medical cannabis regulations aren’t so different from Justin Trudeau’s conservative Cannabis Act.

What will Pierre Poilievre do? I decided to ask him. It took over a month for a reply by e-mail. And I suspect this was probably a staffer or a bot, not Pierre himself.

Nevertheless, he signed his name to it, so this must be his opinion.

He wrote: “Dangerous and addictive drugs tear families apart, promote criminal behaviour, and destroy lives. Instead of making it easier for drug addicts to consume drugs, the Liberal Government should support treatment and recovery programs to get addicts off drugs.”

(Which, on further inspection, is taken verbatim from what Harold Albrecht said in the House of Commons on February 26th, 2019).

So basically, the same narrative when Ottawa and B.C. announced the decriminalization of drugs like opioids and cocaine.

Of course, politicians are going to politic.

I don’t expect Poilievre to have an opinion on cannabis legalization anymore than he has on abortion or gay marriage.

These topics aren’t worth disrupting the narrative that Liberals raise the cost of living while Conservatives will bring it down.

Anything counter or irrelevant to this narrative won’t see the light of day. That is the nature of democratic politics.

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Can a Conservative Cannabis Act bring down the cost of living? It sounds a little ridiculous, but it’s a subject I’ve covered here before.

Centuries of selective breeding have split the cannabis sativa genus into two identifiable crops: consumable cannabis and industrial hemp.

Hemp may be the most sustainable crop on the planet. It certainly is one of the fastest-growing. It requires little water, no pesticides, and returns nutrients to the topsoil. 

Instead of banning plastic bags and straws, the government can promote hemp-derived plastic with targeted tax breaks and subsidies. 

Hemp is suitable for textiles, as well. Our current approach uses cotton, which requires pesticides that build up in the soil and contaminate drinking water.

Deforestation is a problem solved by hemp farming. 

Hemp farming can also supplement our oil production and eventually overtake it. Hemp biodiesel isn’t some fringe, unworkable idea.

A Conservative Cannabis Act could look at cannabis and hemp as undeveloped resources. 

Essential for protecting the planet’s topsoil and conserving Canada’s resources while reducing plastics, pollution, and waste.

All without a carbon tax.

Poilievre’s Conservatives may not make this an election issue this time around. But this is the way if they want to decimate the Liberals and NDP in future elections. 

The Liberal Cannabis Act treats cannabis as a drug worse than heroin and subjects it to taxes and regulations that end up doing more harm than good. 

A Conservative Cannabis Act could work to conserve the environment. 


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George Smitherman on Cannabis in Canada – Cannabis | Weed | Marijuana




If you believe Justin Trudeau sold cannabis in Canada out to a Laurentian Elite, then George Smitherman is your boogeyman.

A former politician and now licensed producer, he’s also President and CEO Cannabis Council of Canada (C3). 

When the Trudeau government announced a review of the Cannabis Act, C3 released “Five Big Asks.”

They are:

  1. Address the financial viability of Licence holders by fixing the excise tax, provincial distributor mark-ups and fees.
  2. Level the playing field with the illicit market.
  3. Allow Licence holders to communicate with consumers, including about the effects of cannabis.
  4. Eliminate costly “red tape” and unnecessary “Nanny State” regulations.
  5. Strengthen patient access to medical cannabis.

Except for #2, these are all reasonable asks.

But what about #2? 

What does “level the playing field” mean? I asked George Smitherman this, and here’s what he said.

George Smitherman on “Levelling the Playing Field” with Illicit Cannabis 

George Smitherman on Cannabis in Canada

Just when you think Justin’s Liberals couldn’t be any more incompetent, you discover new depths. 

The C3 doesn’t like illegal cannabis stores in the GTA for obvious reasons. They’re also not big fans of illicit online sales and delivery. 

Their call for more enforcement is entirely logical from their viewpoint.

“I can’t use a website,” George tells me over the phone, “If I’m in the licensed industry, I can’t sell my weed for delivery across the country via website.”

Why aren’t the police doing something? They are, as you can tell from the headlines. Police tend to go after the source, not the retailer.

But George’s problem is that he’s got bureaucrats breathing down his neck (although he didn’t use such blunt language).

“We’re playing by the rules,” George Smitherman says. “We’re paying all the fees. And it’s expensive, it’s not cheap.”

The problem is the Cannabis Act isn’t worth the trouble. Get licensed, and you’re regulated to death by public health busybodies. “The regulators and the lawmakers have nothing but attention for you,” says George. 

Or don’t get licensed and risk fines and imprisonment. And since the legacy cannabis market has an extensive history with the latter option…

George on BC Bud 

George Smitherman on Cannabis in Canada

George Smitherman agreed that the federal government could displace the cannabis black market. If they addressed #1 and #3 of the “Big Five Asks” (dialing down the taxes and regulations).

Our disagreement was on what that would entail.

I am undoubtedly part of the “regulatory liberationists,” who would like to see a commercial cannabis industry.

George Smitherman is “practical” and wants incremental steps to balance public health with a profitable cannabis sector.

Nevertheless, Health Canada has made it clear it thinks its micro-licensing scheme is the proper path forward for BC Bud.

C3 agrees, “We believe that the amount of growing space for micros needs to be increased,” says George.

And while he does try to be mindful of the different cannabis cultures, especially on the West Coast, George ultimately says he doesn’t think the grey market exists.

“I think that’s just fuzzy branding,” he says.

It’s one thing to be a small mom-and-pop farm, but not going through the legal means becomes a problem at some point.

Ultimately, it’s a disagreement over testing and safety. As evidenced by some impure cannabis from illicit markets, it seems restrictive regulations are better than no regulations.

And not doubt a lot of Ontario‘s black market weed sucks.

But in British Columbia? Especially in the smaller connoisseur market? The lack of regulations has created a culture of customary rules. And this cannabis tests just fine with or without Ottawa’s bureaucracy.

George on the “Nanny State” Cannabis Regulations 

George Smitherman on Cannabis in Canada

What does that mean when George Smitherman and the C3 ask the government to eliminate costly red tape and unnecessary Nanny State cannabis regulations?

George Smitherman is admittedly “motivated” by the public health goals of the Cannabis Act. Removing Nanny State regulations is about increasing the THC limits on edibles.

“It’s missing the mark for the regular consumer of cannabis edibles,” says George. If the government is serious about displacing the black market, “they need to raise the edible limit.”

But as for delegating production licenses to the provinces? George isn’t aware of any movement to make this happen. He is critical of the idea we need to start over again with less focus on public health.

“Obviously that’s not the approach of the Cannabis Act, but I definitely get where those arguments are coming from.”

George on the Cannabis Act Review

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What does George Smitherman think of the Cannabis Act review? The same thing we’re all thinking: hurry up!

We agreed that small producers and manufacturers suffer under excise taxes and prohibitive regulations.

Won’t they be bankrupt by the time this cannabis review wraps up?

“Cynically, I might say, anything that starts late is in a bad spot,” he says. “If 18 months of a report results in that report being sent somewhere else for consideration, that’s not a formula for the timely response that the sector needs.”

We can agree on urgency. And both George and I are pleased to see the review board will at least listen to consumers and the industry rather than narrowly define the scope of its mandate.

In Summary

Justin Trudeau promised to license, restrict, and regulate cannabis. His government managed to license it. They certainly regulate it to death. 

But restrict? That was always an impossible feat. You can’t dictate consumer demand.

This Liberal government isn’t likely to remove cannabis regulatory gatekeepers. Therefore, the illicit market will likely have no incentive to join the legal regime.

And so guys like George Smitherman and the C3 will continue to call for greater cannabis enforcement. 

In the words of Ringo Starr, “Everything government touches turns to crap.”


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1-Benefits Of Medical Marijuana You Should Know




Marijuana as a plant contains over 100 different compounds or otherwise known as
cannabinoids, with each having different effects on the body. Marijuana has evolved from
being a drug abused by people and ultimately destroyed by the government and other

Medical Marijuana comes from the medical use of Marijuana plants to treat health conditions
and relieve some symptoms. Marijuana has been used as a medical herb for centuries until
the early 1900s when several countries started to put measures to curtail its consumption
due to the abuse.

THC And CBD In Marijuana

Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC and Cannabidiol (CBD), are the two major
compounds found in Marijuana. It should be noted that both perform different functions.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in Marijuana and is thought to be the main
compound responsible for the medical benefits of Marijuana. One CBD oil extract product for
epilepsy that is currently undergoing clinical trials is Epidiolex. This proves how medicine is
slowly embracing the medical benefits of CBD.

THC, on the other hand, is the compound in Marijuana that is solely responsible for the
feeling of being "high" most people feel. Aside from the high effects of THC, it is also used in
some drugs approved by the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) for the vomiting and
nausea experienced by those receiving chemotherapy. The substances in these drugs are
called the synthetics of THC.

There are lots of medical Marijuana products that include different ranges of THC and CBD,
with experts saying that one serving of these medications should contain about 10mg of

Also Read: Busting the Most Common Myths About Marijuana

Health Benefits Of Marijuana

The health benefits of Marijuana are still under examination in several labs around the world.
Some have results proving the health benefits of Marijuana; others didn’t find any health
benefits, while some were declared inconclusive.

It is understood that the benefits derived from medical Marijuana are tied to the
Endocannabinoid system in the body. This is because it is responsible for the modulation of
the immune system, promotes neuroplasticity, and modulates cognitive and emotional

functions. The cognitive and emotional functions include the feeling of hunger (appetite),
digestive functions, motivation, and learning.

Is It Legal To Use Medical Marijuana?

About 23 states in the US have legalized the use of medical Marijuana with other underlying
restrictions that are unique to each state. You should note that the legality of medical
Marijuana is not from the federal level; each state binds. It is best to ensure that the use of
medical Marijuana is legalized in your state before you go shopping for one.

In states where medical Marijuana is legalized, a medical card, amongst other documents, is
issued to allow the purchase and consumption of medical Marijuana without getting into
the trouble with officials. Before the medical card is issued, a medical recommendation,
authorization, or prescription from your physician certifying that you need medical Marijuana
for your health condition is required.

Where To Buy Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana is available in shops, often referred to as dispensaries. There you can
find medical Marijuana in different forms like oil extracts, edibles, or as a substance inhaled.
You would need a medical Marijuana card to be able to purchase medical Marijuana in
dispensaries. The means and steps of getting medical Marijuana are varied by the state you
live in. You would need a recommendation from a licensed physician to place a request for a
medical Marijuana card.

Benefits Of Medical Marijuana For You

Medical Marijuana

The level of medical research carried out on medical Marijuana is limited due to the ban it
faces at the federal level. So getting to know the disease helps one at a time is tedious.
However, regardless of the huge backlash medical Marijuana faces by the general public,
some diseases getgeneratednia

The team-up between THC and CBD has been closely related to sound sleep in its users.
The effect may be short-term, but it sure has eased the stress of sleeplessness experienced
by those who use it.

People who suffer from sleep apnea, sclerosis, and anxiety have given medical Marijuana a
try, and it sure has helped them get better rest.

It is necessary to note that using THC for sleep can be tricky because too much of it can
keep you awake. A larger percentage of people who have tried medical Marijuana for sleep
have said it worked well.

Chronic Pain

The relief that comes from the use of medical Marijuana cannot be underestimated. There
has been an increasing number of people choosing cannabis in the form of medicine to help
ease their severe pains.

People who experience peripheral neuropathy from nerve pains that come with diabetes,
cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, joint, and muscle problems, and pains from chemotherapy
sessions, amongst others, use medical marijuana. There have been great reports from these
people who have felt better after use.

Cancer Pains

The side effects of cancer treatments include loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, and
vomiting, and Marijuana has been closely associated with easing them. This does not mean
that medical Marijuana cures cancer; it only just helps you feel less of the pains that come
with chemotherapy sessions.

PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression

Another benefit of medical Marijuana is shown to lift a sore mood or soothe tension and
anxiety. Many people who buy medical Marijuana in dispensaries have acknowledged how
much it helps ease anxiety.

Treating PTSD with Medical Marijuana has grown increasingly popular and seems to be
what it is mostly used for. THC and CBD, as compounds in medical Marijuana, may help
soften triggered bad memories.
There have been reports about people with PTSD having better sleep and deeper
nightmares after using medical Marijuana, so it does offer such benefits.

Also Read: Buying Marijuana Under the Age of 18 – Everything You Need to Know

Other Health Conditions

There are several health conditions that medical Marijuana is used for; this, however, is more
common among older adults. These include:

● Alzheimer,s Disease Symptoms
● Parkinson Disease
● Glaucoma
● Dementia
● Migraines
● Fibromyalgia


The potency of medical Marijuana is dependent on the form in which it is consumed and the cannabis
plant strain.
Before going into medical Marijuana for any treatment, consult with your doctor and get the
medications from a certified source.

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