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Highly complex, cannabis contains hundreds of naturally occurring compounds that combine to create unique effects. There are several factors that may influence these generally expected effects.
Everyone is affected differently by different products, so new users need to start low, go slow. Novice users should choose products that have a higher CBD to THC ratio since this may reduce the risk of over-intoxication from THC.
Remember, what works for others may not work for you. Educating yourself and cautious experimentation will help you find your way.
Indica-dominant products may have a relaxing effect, but they could also result in over-sedation.
Sativa-dominant products may be less sedating and may provide users with a boost in energy.
Hybrid products may have a combination of effects depending on the mix of indica or sativa in the source strain.
Unlike THC, CBD does not produce intoxication, and may give a number of people a relaxing, calming effect. It may have less adverse effects due to the apparent counteracting effects on THC.
For cannabis resources, please visit Health Canada.
Source: Maclean’s: What are sativa, indica, THC and CBD?
Source: Graf, N. & Sherman, M. & Crain, L. (2017) Grow Your Own. New York, NY: Tin House Books.