• 10 Things Canadians should know about CBD 10 Things Canadians should know about CBD

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    With legalization beginning tomorrow in Canada, CBD is getting a lot of attention. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding this cannabinoid, how it affects the body, its potential uses, and even its legality. Below are the 10 Things Canadians should know about CBD.

    1. CBD CAN BE CONSIDERED PSYCHOACTIVE

    This is bound to be the most controversial. Most literature on CBD, whether it was written on someone’s blog or an acclaimed academic journal, refers to CBD as a “non-psychoactive” compound. Now, this statement is technically incorrect.

    We know that CBD doesn’t produce the same psychoactive effects as THC, for example. Most importantly, it doesn’t get you “high.” But technically speaking, CBD is psychoactive as it can alter and affect your state of consciousness.

    After all, if CBD wasn’t psychoactive, it wouldn’t be able to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, or affect our mood. However, the fact that CBD’s effects are much more subtle and less inebriating than those of THC, it’s been wrongly labeled as “non-psychoactive.” You will likely continue to see it labeled this way, as it allows for retailers and advocates to market the cannabinoid in a certain way.

    1. CBD CAN BE USED RECREATIONALLY AND THC CAN BE USED MEDICINALLY

    There’s a strong misrepresentation of CBD as a purely medical compound and THC as purely recreational. This isn’t true. Just like THC can be used medicinally (to help relieve pain, nausea, vomiting, etc), CBD can also be used recreationally.

    In fact, the recreational CBD market is budding in Switzerland. While THC is still illegal under Swiss law, CBD-rich cannabis flowers and concentrates can be bought from kiosks and dispensaries completely legally. This has given rise to a large movement of recreational CBD users who cherish CBD cannabis for its calming effects.

    1. CBD CAN COUNTERACT THE EFFECTS OF THC AND WORKS BEST IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER CANNABINOIDS

    Cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in cannabis interact with each other. Studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that the interaction between these substances and our endocannabinoid system results in synergistic effects, which is called the “entourage effect”.

    Research has shown that for instance CBD and THC together produce stronger, faster pain relief than either compound could on their own. And while our understanding of the entourage effect is still in its infancy, research indicates that the medicinal benefits of cannabis lie in the whole plant, rather than just isolated chemicals.

    In fact, studies have shown that isolated forms of THC and CBD produce very different effects than whole plant products.

    While THC can have beneficial effects, it can also produce unwelcome side effects, especially in large doses. These include nausea, vomiting, increased pain sensation, anxiety, paranoia, and more. Luckily, research shows that CBD can counteract many of these effects.

    The relationship between CBD and THC is actually complex and impossible to cover entirely in this article. However, it is true that CBD can help reduce the anxiety and paranoia that some may experience after consuming THC.

    1. CBD IS LESS POTENT THAN THC

    Microdosing has become increasingly popular as a way to gain more control over the way one responds to cannabis. And when it comes to THC, microdosing is a perfect method to control the strong euphoria that THC-rich cannabis strains produce, as well as avoid some of the side effects mentioned above.

    When it comes to CBD, however, it might be better to stick to larger doses. Compared to THC, CBD is a much less potent chemical, and hence, you may need larger amounts in order for the compound to produce the desired effects.

    1. CBD IS NOT A SEDATIVE

    The effects of CBD have sometimes been labeled as sedating, especially in large doses. However, research suggests that CBD doesn’t actually have sedative effects.

    In fact, a 2008 study published in Biological Psychological showed that even in extremely large doses, isolated CBD doesn’t produce sedative effects. Interestingly enough, the effects of CBD are actually alerting.

    It is believed that some CBD products might contain high amounts of myrcene and other terpenes that are known to produce sedative effects or leave you feeling sleepy.

    1. NOT ALL CANNABIS PLANTS CONTAIN CBD

    While CBD is derived from cannabis plants, it isn’t present in all varieties of this species. In fact, most of the cannabis used for recreational purposes contains only trace amounts of CBD.

    That’s because, since the 1980s, cannabis breeders and seed banks have really focused on producing potent, THC-rich strains designed to get people out-of-this-world high.

    Since CBD has become more popular, however, seed banks have started offering more CBD-rich strains both for medicinal and recreational purposes. CBD also tends to be found in higher concentrations in hemp plants.

    1. CBD CAN BE USED TOPICALLY

    We generally associate cannabis use with smoking. But thanks to a ton of innovation and research in the cannabis space, there are now plenty of ways to use cannabis that don’t involve lighting a joint or bong.

    Topicals like balms, sprays, and soaps enriched with cannabis extract, for example, are a great way to treat localized symptoms like pain, inflammation, and even skin irritations. Instead of smoking or vaporizing (where the chemicals in cannabis are taken up via the capillaries in the lungs), topicals are absorbed transdermally.

    They are becoming increasingly popular among patients looking to treat physical symptoms like inflammation and swelling caused by arthritis and other conditions. Many patients also find cannabis topicals offer relief from itching or skin irritations, and a range of companies are now developing transdermal patches containing CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.

    1. ANIMALS CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM CBD

    One of the biggest advancements in our understanding of cannabis came with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, which essentially regulates the effects of cannabis around the body.

    Well, it turns out humans aren’t the only creatures with this system; dogs, cats, horses, and many other animals also have endocannabinoid systems and experience cannabis in much the same way we do. In fact, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is why cannabis is often tested on rats.

    This has given rise to whole new market: cannabis supplements for pets. Pet owners all around the world are beginning to use cannabis products like CBD oil, capsules, infused treats, and even topicals to help their pets deal with a wide variety of conditions.

    Some dog owners, for example, use CBD supplements to help control symptoms like nausea and vomiting, chronic inflammation and pain, or even anxiety in their pets. Just like in humans, CBD supplements can give pets relief from a variety of symptoms without inducing a high.

    1. FLAX MAY ALSO CONTAIN CBD

    For a long time, CBD was thought to be a compound unique to only cannabis. However, researchers from Poland may have accidentally discovered that the flax plant also contains CBD.

    In an analysis of flax plants (a valuable source of linseed, oils, and fibers) also contained a special terpenoid very similar to CBD. The researchers tested the compound and found that it produced anti-inflammatory effects in mice. Moreover, they also found that the compound activated cannabinoid receptors.

    The research is the first of its kind and suggests that flax may be one of a growing number of plants besides cannabis that can produce cannabinoids or cannabinoid-like substances.

    1. CBD ISN’T LEGAL EVERYWHERE

    Many people think that CBD is a completely legal substance. After all, it doesn’t produce the same euphoric high we associate with cannabis, and it’s readily available online from a wide variety of retailers.

    However, CBD isn’t legal everywhere. In the US, for example, CBD is only legal if it is derived from hemp. Cannabis-derived CBD, on the other hand, is only legal in 17 states.

    Outside of the US, the legal status of CBD is constantly shifting as new laws are ushered in or replaced. In the EU, CBD supplements are largely legal as long as THC levels are negligible. Make sure you follow us for more information on CBD and many other topics as they relate to cannabis!

    With legalization beginning tomorrow in Canada, CBD is getting a lot of attention. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding this cannabinoid, how it affects the body, its potential uses, and even its legality. Below are the 10 Things Canadians should know about CBD.

    1. CBD CAN BE CONSIDERED PSYCHOACTIVE

    This is bound to be the most controversial. Most literature on CBD, whether it was written on someone’s blog or an acclaimed academic journal, refers to CBD as a “non-psychoactive” compound. Now, this statement is technically incorrect.

    We know that CBD doesn’t produce the same psychoactive effects as THC, for example. Most importantly, it doesn’t get you “high.” But technically speaking, CBD is psychoactive as it can alter and affect your state of consciousness.

    After all, if CBD wasn’t psychoactive, it wouldn’t be able to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, or affect our mood. However, the fact that CBD’s effects are much more subtle and less inebriating than those of THC, it’s been wrongly labeled as “non-psychoactive.” You will likely continue to see it labeled this way, as it allows for retailers and advocates to market the cannabinoid in a certain way.

    1. CBD CAN BE USED RECREATIONALLY AND THC CAN BE USED MEDICINALLY

    There’s a strong misrepresentation of CBD as a purely medical compound and THC as purely recreational. This isn’t true. Just like THC can be used medicinally (to help relieve pain, nausea, vomiting, etc), CBD can also be used recreationally.

    In fact, the recreational CBD market is budding in Switzerland. While THC is still illegal under Swiss law, CBD-rich cannabis flowers and concentrates can be bought from kiosks and dispensaries completely legally. This has given rise to a large movement of recreational CBD users who cherish CBD cannabis for its calming effects.

    1. CBD CAN COUNTERACT THE EFFECTS OF THC AND WORKS BEST IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER CANNABINOIDS

    Cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in cannabis interact with each other. Studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that the interaction between these substances and our endocannabinoid system results in synergistic effects, which is called the “entourage effect”.

    Research has shown that for instance CBD and THC together produce stronger, faster pain relief than either compound could on their own. And while our understanding of the entourage effect is still in its infancy, research indicates that the medicinal benefits of cannabis lie in the whole plant, rather than just isolated chemicals.

    In fact, studies have shown that isolated forms of THC and CBD produce very different effects than whole plant products.

    While THC can have beneficial effects, it can also produce unwelcome side effects, especially in large doses. These include nausea, vomiting, increased pain sensation, anxiety, paranoia, and more. Luckily, research shows that CBD can counteract many of these effects.

    The relationship between CBD and THC is actually complex and impossible to cover entirely in this article. However, it is true that CBD can help reduce the anxiety and paranoia that some may experience after consuming THC.

    1. CBD IS LESS POTENT THAN THC

    Microdosing has become increasingly popular as a way to gain more control over the way one responds to cannabis. And when it comes to THC, microdosing is a perfect method to control the strong euphoria that THC-rich cannabis strains produce, as well as avoid some of the side effects mentioned above.

    When it comes to CBD, however, it might be better to stick to larger doses. Compared to THC, CBD is a much less potent chemical, and hence, you may need larger amounts in order for the compound to produce the desired effects.

    1. CBD IS NOT A SEDATIVE

    The effects of CBD have sometimes been labeled as sedating, especially in large doses. However, research suggests that CBD doesn’t actually have sedative effects.

    In fact, a 2008 study published in Biological Psychological showed that even in extremely large doses, isolated CBD doesn’t produce sedative effects. Interestingly enough, the effects of CBD are actually alerting.

    It is believed that some CBD products might contain high amounts of myrcene and other terpenes that are known to produce sedative effects or leave you feeling sleepy.

    1. NOT ALL CANNABIS PLANTS CONTAIN CBD

    While CBD is derived from cannabis plants, it isn’t present in all varieties of this species. In fact, most of the cannabis used for recreational purposes contains only trace amounts of CBD.

    That’s because, since the 1980s, cannabis breeders and seed banks have really focused on producing potent, THC-rich strains designed to get people out-of-this-world high.

    Since CBD has become more popular, however, seed banks have started offering more CBD-rich strains both for medicinal and recreational purposes. CBD also tends to be found in higher concentrations in hemp plants.

    1. CBD CAN BE USED TOPICALLY

    We generally associate cannabis use with smoking. But thanks to a ton of innovation and research in the cannabis space, there are now plenty of ways to use cannabis that don’t involve lighting a joint or bong.

    Topicals like balms, sprays, and soaps enriched with cannabis extract, for example, are a great way to treat localized symptoms like pain, inflammation, and even skin irritations. Instead of smoking or vaporizing (where the chemicals in cannabis are taken up via the capillaries in the lungs), topicals are absorbed transdermally.

    They are becoming increasingly popular among patients looking to treat physical symptoms like inflammation and swelling caused by arthritis and other conditions. Many patients also find cannabis topicals offer relief from itching or skin irritations, and a range of companies are now developing transdermal patches containing CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids.

    1. ANIMALS CAN ALSO BENEFIT FROM CBD

    One of the biggest advancements in our understanding of cannabis came with the discovery of the endocannabinoid system, which essentially regulates the effects of cannabis around the body.

    Well, it turns out humans aren’t the only creatures with this system; dogs, cats, horses, and many other animals also have endocannabinoid systems and experience cannabis in much the same way we do. In fact, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is why cannabis is often tested on rats.

    This has given rise to whole new market: cannabis supplements for pets. Pet owners all around the world are beginning to use cannabis products like CBD oil, capsules, infused treats, and even topicals to help their pets deal with a wide variety of conditions.

    Some dog owners, for example, use CBD supplements to help control symptoms like nausea and vomiting, chronic inflammation and pain, or even anxiety in their pets. Just like in humans, CBD supplements can give pets relief from a variety of symptoms without inducing a high.

    1. FLAX MAY ALSO CONTAIN CBD

    For a long time, CBD was thought to be a compound unique to only cannabis. However, researchers from Poland may have accidentally discovered that the flax plant also contains CBD.

    In an analysis of flax plants (a valuable source of linseed, oils, and fibers) also contained a special terpenoid very similar to CBD. The researchers tested the compound and found that it produced anti-inflammatory effects in mice. Moreover, they also found that the compound activated cannabinoid receptors.

    The research is the first of its kind and suggests that flax may be one of a growing number of plants besides cannabis that can produce cannabinoids or cannabinoid-like substances.

    1. CBD ISN’T LEGAL EVERYWHERE

    Many people think that CBD is a completely legal substance. After all, it doesn’t produce the same euphoric high we associate with cannabis, and it’s readily available online from a wide variety of retailers.

    However, CBD isn’t legal everywhere. In the US, for example, CBD is only legal if it is derived from hemp. Cannabis-derived CBD, on the other hand, is only legal in 17 states.

    Outside of the US, the legal status of CBD is constantly shifting as new laws are ushered in or replaced. In the EU, CBD supplements are largely legal as long as THC levels are negligible. Make sure you follow us for more information on CBD and many other topics as they relate to cannabis!

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  • How Marijuana has Influenced Fashion & Culture in Canada How Marijuana has Influenced Fashion & Culture in Canada

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    The consumption of marijuana has been a popular trend in Canada even before its legalization by Justin Trudeau. The use of pot has become a social and cultural cornerstone of Canadians everywhere. It is the most popular drug in Canada consumed by over 14% of the entire population according to Statistics Canada but this number is likely to be a lot more according to experts.

    Apart from its consumption marijuana has also taken over the media spotlight being the topic of discussion on most news channels and radio stations. Its influence has also trickled over into art and music with some of the most popular commercial tracks being related to marijuana in one form or another.

    Reefer madness as we like to call it is here to stay and this trend has now become a central point of the Canadian fashion industry. The stoner style is in hot demand these days especially amongst teenagers who have dropped the hippy style for a more modern and cool millennial style that is a far cry from the dopey dudes of yore.

    The music industry has always influenced the fashion industry. With hot music celebrities like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus wearing their blunt-loving hearts on their sleeves marijuana fashion has become a symbol of style, freedom and class.

    Many popular designers like Alexander Wang, Mara Hoffman and Jeremy Scott incorporated marijuana designs into their clothing collection because let’s be honest almost all designers and celebrities hold some form of fondness for bud.

    The use of the marijuana leaf in the designing of apparel has evolved exponentially since the days of reggae and hippies. Today, outfits worn by celebrities are lined with awe-inspiring designs like this one worn by America’s sweetheart Miley Cyrus.

    All of this has influenced fashion and culture in Canada especially since Canada is more pro-marijuana than its U.S. neighbor.  Teenagers and adults alike have begun to incorporate marijuana designs in daily wear clothing with a sense of pride as marijuana is no longer seen as a killer drug but rather it has become for many a lifestyle choice.

    Fashion has always been an expression of who you are and what mood you might be in. Clothing is all about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. The marijuana leaf is that statement and because of its unique design, it can be incorporated in many ways to most apparels whether it be casual or formal.

    From insane designs to class and elegance the marijuana leaf can be integrated into pretty much any kind of clothing or apparel. A well-designed leaf on a hat or a t-shirt changes the whole look and feel on an otherwise boring piece of clothing.

    At THC Clothing we incorporate your love for bud in all of our apparel designs from t-shirts, hats, hoodies, blankets and more.

    Marijuana is more than a symbol it has grown to become a sign of peace, freedom and harmony. We have integrated all of that in this amazing hooded blanket that just screams American freedom with the pot leaf depicting unity and peace.

    Marijuana is proven to be one of the safest drugs one can recreationally consume with little to no side effects. In fact, marijuana today is used in many cancer-related treatments to help patients deal with pain, anxiety and lack of appetite.

     

     

     

    In Canada especially marijuana’s legalization has taken away the myth of it being a ‘gateway drug’ and is considered by many to be perfectly socially acceptable. In many ways, it can be argued that smoking marijuana is a million times better than smoking cigarettes.

    As far as the myths of it making you stupid let’s just say that some of the most creative people on this planet consume marijuana on a daily basis. Snoop Dog built his entire career on smoking marijuana and is one of the most highly regarded rap artist in the music industry. And if you are thinking well that’s just one artist you are truly mistaken. Legends like Bob Marley, Wiz Khalifa, Madonna and many more besides have long consumed marijuana to enhance creativity and have publically denounced this fact in both their music and apparel. 

    The idolization and personification of pot in art, music, and fashion have transcended marijuana’s image to new heights. Today, it is in the very fabric of Canada’s social culture and embraced by young adults and elder alike with pride and without fear.

    We at The High Council take this matter very seriously and have built a lifestyle brand around marijuana that is tailored for pot lovers everywhere. We believe marijuana is the best social and recreational drug out there whether you are sitting by a campfire or relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.

    Pot is a lifestyle choice and for many, it is a way to relax and appreciate the finer things in life. At THC Clothing we strive to incorporate this vibe and feel in all our apparel designs. We embrace this vibe and tailor and design our apparel to look fashionable and functional while making a bold statement.

    Marijuana has greatly influenced Canadian fashion and culture and this trend is here to stay. The legalization of marijuana in Canada has resulted in a global trend toward marijuana legalization with more and more people sharing and supporting their love for pot.

     

    We at THC Clothing fully support these individuals and the fight for marijuana legalization around the world. We look to inspire through our designs so that true cannabis enthusiasts around the world can look great while making a statement.

    Check out our latest collection that is sure to amaze all your pot-loving friends the next time you all go out! 

    The consumption of marijuana has been a popular trend in Canada even before its legalization by Justin Trudeau. The use of pot has become a social and cultural cornerstone of Canadians everywhere. It is the most popular drug in Canada consumed by over 14% of the entire population according to Statistics Canada but this number is likely to be a lot more according to experts.

    Apart from its consumption marijuana has also taken over the media spotlight being the topic of discussion on most news channels and radio stations. Its influence has also trickled over into art and music with some of the most popular commercial tracks being related to marijuana in one form or another.

    Reefer madness as we like to call it is here to stay and this trend has now become a central point of the Canadian fashion industry. The stoner style is in hot demand these days especially amongst teenagers who have dropped the hippy style for a more modern and cool millennial style that is a far cry from the dopey dudes of yore.

    The music industry has always influenced the fashion industry. With hot music celebrities like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus wearing their blunt-loving hearts on their sleeves marijuana fashion has become a symbol of style, freedom and class.

    Many popular designers like Alexander Wang, Mara Hoffman and Jeremy Scott incorporated marijuana designs into their clothing collection because let’s be honest almost all designers and celebrities hold some form of fondness for bud.

    The use of the marijuana leaf in the designing of apparel has evolved exponentially since the days of reggae and hippies. Today, outfits worn by celebrities are lined with awe-inspiring designs like this one worn by America’s sweetheart Miley Cyrus.

    All of this has influenced fashion and culture in Canada especially since Canada is more pro-marijuana than its U.S. neighbor.  Teenagers and adults alike have begun to incorporate marijuana designs in daily wear clothing with a sense of pride as marijuana is no longer seen as a killer drug but rather it has become for many a lifestyle choice.

    Fashion has always been an expression of who you are and what mood you might be in. Clothing is all about making a statement and standing out from the crowd. The marijuana leaf is that statement and because of its unique design, it can be incorporated in many ways to most apparels whether it be casual or formal.

    From insane designs to class and elegance the marijuana leaf can be integrated into pretty much any kind of clothing or apparel. A well-designed leaf on a hat or a t-shirt changes the whole look and feel on an otherwise boring piece of clothing.

    At THC Clothing we incorporate your love for bud in all of our apparel designs from t-shirts, hats, hoodies, blankets and more.

    Marijuana is more than a symbol it has grown to become a sign of peace, freedom and harmony. We have integrated all of that in this amazing hooded blanket that just screams American freedom with the pot leaf depicting unity and peace.

    Marijuana is proven to be one of the safest drugs one can recreationally consume with little to no side effects. In fact, marijuana today is used in many cancer-related treatments to help patients deal with pain, anxiety and lack of appetite.

     

     

     

    In Canada especially marijuana’s legalization has taken away the myth of it being a ‘gateway drug’ and is considered by many to be perfectly socially acceptable. In many ways, it can be argued that smoking marijuana is a million times better than smoking cigarettes.

    As far as the myths of it making you stupid let’s just say that some of the most creative people on this planet consume marijuana on a daily basis. Snoop Dog built his entire career on smoking marijuana and is one of the most highly regarded rap artist in the music industry. And if you are thinking well that’s just one artist you are truly mistaken. Legends like Bob Marley, Wiz Khalifa, Madonna and many more besides have long consumed marijuana to enhance creativity and have publically denounced this fact in both their music and apparel. 

    The idolization and personification of pot in art, music, and fashion have transcended marijuana’s image to new heights. Today, it is in the very fabric of Canada’s social culture and embraced by young adults and elder alike with pride and without fear.

    We at The High Council take this matter very seriously and have built a lifestyle brand around marijuana that is tailored for pot lovers everywhere. We believe marijuana is the best social and recreational drug out there whether you are sitting by a campfire or relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.

    Pot is a lifestyle choice and for many, it is a way to relax and appreciate the finer things in life. At THC Clothing we strive to incorporate this vibe and feel in all our apparel designs. We embrace this vibe and tailor and design our apparel to look fashionable and functional while making a bold statement.

    Marijuana has greatly influenced Canadian fashion and culture and this trend is here to stay. The legalization of marijuana in Canada has resulted in a global trend toward marijuana legalization with more and more people sharing and supporting their love for pot.

     

    We at THC Clothing fully support these individuals and the fight for marijuana legalization around the world. We look to inspire through our designs so that true cannabis enthusiasts around the world can look great while making a statement.

    Check out our latest collection that is sure to amaze all your pot-loving friends the next time you all go out! 

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  • Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters for 2018 Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters for 2018

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    Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters for 2018 - Stand out this Holiday season!
    Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters for 2018 - Stand out this Holiday season!

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