Weed. There is much to know, and much more still to learn.

WWW 101 provides access to basic information about the cannabis plant, how weed works in our bodies, common methods of consumption, short and long term effects, and medical vs. recreational use. 


Whatever you call it, weed, pot, marijuana, mary jane, MJ, bud, ganja, kush, chronic, dope, dank, grass, green - you’re in the right place for youth-focused information to make informed choices. 


The Cannabis Plant

The term cannabis most accurately refers to a whole plant species known as Cannabis sativa (L). There are cannabis sativa, indica, and hybrid sub-types, but most weed consumed is a hybrid of some sort.

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How Weed Works in Your Body

Cannabis plants contain over 100 different chemicals called cannabinoids that interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The most well- known are delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both are psychoactive but in different ways.

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Effects: The Long and the Short of It

It's important to make informed decisions when it comes to your health. There are both short- and long-term effects of cannabis use. Some effects can be pleasant, unpleasant, or potentially harmful. How cannabis affects you may be different for someone else. Effects can vary especially for people under 25 years of age.

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Methods of Consumption and Effects

Inhaling (smoking and vaping) and ingesting (edibles, tinctures, ingestible oils) cannabis are not the only methods of consuming it, but they are the most common. Risks and onset and duration of effects differ between methods.

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Recreational vs. Medical Use

In Canada, there are two legal cannabis systems: medical and recreational. How cannabis is accessed depends on the reason for use.

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