What are terpenes?

The nose knows

“The nose knows” – so goes the saying. While “terpenes” (the compound that gives cannabis its smell) are fairly “new” when people talk about cannabis, enthusiasts have known for a long time that if you find a smell you like, odds are you’re going to enjoy the effects. Obviously, this isn’t foolproof. Enter the science of terpenes.

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What are THC and CBD?

What are THC & CBD?

Some of the compounds found in cannabis have such long, science-y names, yet are so pervasive in cannabis culture that their abbreviations roll off the tongues of cannabis connoisseurs of all stripes. To the uninitiated, however, it just sounds like a whole lot of alphabet soup.

Here’s a quick description of the two most well-known cannabinoids: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabidol (THC) and cannabidol (CBD).

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How to manage impairment at work

How to manage impairment at work

The legalization of cannabis caused many business owners some pause: what can you do, as an employer, if your employees take cannabis?

While the situation has been brought to the forefront due to cannabis legalization, it’s important to remember that impairment extends to alcohol and even prescription medication. The government of Canada defines an impaired individual within a workplace context as “someone who may have difficulty completing tasks in a safe manner and may put themselves, their coworkers and the public in danger.”

What are the employer’s responsibilities

There are currently no provisions in the Labour Code that cover how to manage impairment. However, employers must implement a Hazard Prevention Program which can include policies with regards to the use of cannabis or impairment inducing substances.

Their main responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of all employees and the public.

Is drug testing allowed?

There is no blanket regulation with regards to drug testing, though it may be permissible in specific instances. In general, however, drug testing is deemed as being discriminatory. See What are the rules for drug testing in Canada? for more information.

What are alternatives to drug testing?

Monitoring, through frequent conversations, observation and supervision, is the recommended course of action.

What about medical marijuana?

Like any other prescription medication, an employer has to accommodate employees who use medicinal marijuana. Of course, this is contingent on employees having all the legal and medical documentation to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes.

In all cases, employees are expected to be able to perform their job safely and to complete their tasks successfully, regardless of the medication they take.

The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter or as encouragement to consume cannabis. For more information, please visit:

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What to watch: Super Mario Brothers (1993)

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu will be coming out in May 2019. To get into the mood of “Video game movie adaptations that should never have seen the light of day*,” this week’s movie recommendation is the quintessential Super Mario Bros.

(No news yet on the new Super Mario Bros. movie that Nintendo announced in February of last year, in partnership with Illumination.)


Set in dark and dreary Dinohattan, our favourite plumber brothers set out to save a kingdom. There is little jumping, oddly shaped Goombas and… wait, is that YOSHI?!

For Extra Fun

If you like the idea of a dystopian Mario Brothers world, check out “There will be brawl” – a YouTube based mini-series by Machinima.


* May 2019: I would like to apologize: Detective Pikachu does not fit in the category of “Video game movie adaptations that should never have seen the light of day.” It delivers on its promise and does a great job of recreating the Pokéverse.

It’s hard to recommend a good movie. But everyone can laugh at a terrible movie. Which is why “The best worst movies” series focuses on movies that have become iconic for all the wrong reasons. In collaboration with Drunken Cinema and movie-expert Alyssia, we’ll be presenting movies to keep you entertained. Of sorts.

Do It Yourself: Body Butter

Do it yourself : Body Butters

Making my own body butter (the kind you use instead of cream, not the kind you use to cook) was a foray into the unknown. It was scary. Terrifying, even.

Then I made my first batch.

And it was worth the effort.

You’re probably not going to be saving money making the creams yourself instead of buying them. The butter will also feel oily, especially if you compare it with lotions which contain quite a bit of water (while you can make homemade lotions, adding water makes them more prone to bacteria we won’t be exploring that here).

But the best part about making your own body butters and creams is that you choose what goes on your skin – and what doesn’t.

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How to track Cannabis Consumption

How to track your cannabis consumption

When I was following a calorie-restricted diet, the best and easiest way to stay on target (and within caloric-budget) was to track and write down everything I ate. It worked even better if I added environmental information, like where I was, how I felt and who I was with. Mind you, this year, I’m jumping on the whole no-diet bandwagon, but that’s a topic for another blog post.

Intuitive eating aside, writing what I ate taught me an important lesson.

The act of monitoring and observation helped me stay true to myself and realize what I was really doing.

This is why tracking cannabis consumption is a great tool to prevent over-indulging in the long term – and increasing your tolerance.

What you should track

Here are a few items you can track. Most recommendations are by the Americans For Safe Access but we’ve made additional suggestions given the legal state of cannabis in Canada and the information we have on hand when making a purchase.

Basic information

  • Date and Time
  • Amount: use a consistent method
  • Method of consumption

Strain information

  • Strain name
  • Breed (if you have it) and Licensed Producer
  • Type (Indica, Sativa, Hybrid)
  • % of THC
  • % of CBD
  • Terpenes

What happened

  • Effects
  • Timing: how long did the effects take to kick in? How long did they last?
  • What prompted your cannabis use?

Environmental factors

  • How did you feel (mindset)?
  • Where were you (location)?
  • Who were you with?
  • What were you doing?

Where to track

Personally, I don’t track everything about my cannabis consumption. I do track frequency and time of day. Since I’m fairly minimalist with what I track, I keep my log in my bullet journal – I use my journal to plan my day, so I just draw a little icon for every “x” amount I consume.

I track everything in my BuJo - it's like a second brain.

That being said, we did prepare an online spreadsheet you can use that contains all the points listed above: either download the file to your computer or make a copy to save onto your Google Drive. Then, make the spreadsheet yours! Delete the columns that don’t work for you, or add new ones.

Journaling is personal. What’s important isn’t the system you use: it’s to make sure that you use it consistently. If you notice a trend in increased consumption, you should consider lowering your tolerance by taking a break, changing the strains you consume or alternating your method of consumption.

What about you?

Do you track your cannabis consumption? Has that helped, hindered or have you seen no effect? Let us know by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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What to watch: Halloween 2018

While we didn’t open on October 17th, it does seem quite fitting to have the first movie on our roster be… Halloween 2018.

The movie will be coming out on DVD and Blu-ray on January 15, so if you didn’t get a chance to catch it in theatres, here’s a drinking game that our friends over at Druken Cinema came up with. Feel free to switch out alcohol for plain ‘ole water though: it’s still hilarious to hear how often the word “Grandmother” pops up.


Jaime Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode as she confronts her nemesis Michael Myers. Set four decades after his killing spree on Halloween, the movie was criticized by moviegoers as inconsistent, overrated and overhyped. Enjoy!

For Extra Fun

If you’re not digging Halloween 2018, you can always check out H20: 20 Years Later.


It’s hard to recommend a good movie. But everyone can laugh at a terrible movie. Which is why “The best worst movies” series focuses on movies that have become iconic for all the wrong reasons. In collaboration with Drunken Cinema and movie-expert Alyssia, we’ll be presenting movies to keep you entertained. Of sorts.