Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure what CBD is? or how cannabinoids or terpenes work? Here you will find answers to everything you want to know about cannabis. We hope this page helps you make an informed decision and make your experience with our products as seamless and enjoyable as possible

“Cannabis” generally refers to all products derived from the cannabis plant. It is a complex plant that consists of over 400 chemical entities, of which more than 60 of the chemical compounds are cannabinoids. It is a plant of the Cannabaceae family, which is likely to have originated within the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and later spread worldwide. Cannabis that contains less than 0.3% of THC in its flowers and leaves is classified as hemp.

Not exactly although we often use them interchangeably. The word “cannabis” actually refers to all products derived from the cannabis plant. while “marijuana” refers to any parts or products that are made from the dried flowers, leaves, stems and seeds of Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica with a substantial amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

THC is one of the most commonly found cannabinoids in cannabis. It is responsible for the way our brain and body respond to cannabis, including the high and intoxication. The potency of THC in cannabis is often shown as a percentage of THC by weight (e.g. gram) or by volume (e.g. mL) of an oil.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most well-known phytocannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It is naturally produced in significant amounts in cannabis. CBD is not intoxicating and impairing, meaning it won’t get you “high”. There is some evidence that CBD may block or lower some of the effects of THC on the mind. This may occur when the amount of CBD in the cannabis is the same or higher than the amount of THC. CBD is also being studied for its possible therapeutic uses. Read more about CBD.

Hundreds of chemical constituents are produced within the cannabis plant, of which over 100 are known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have effects on cell receptors in the brain and body and change how those cells behave or communicate with each other. There are many different cannabinoids in cannabis, for example, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), Cannabigerol (CBG), etc.

Terpenes give cannabis its distinctive smell. They are chemicals produced and stored in plants like cannabis, lavender, and orange peels. Cannabis produces more than 200 terpenes, but only around 30 of them are in significant quantities in cannabis. Different terpenes give different smells and produce different effects when working with other chemical compounds such as cannabinoids in cannabis.

They are all cannabinoids found in cannabis, but they occur differently. Cannabidiol (CBD) exists naturally within the plant, while CBN is formed through the exposure of THC to heat, air, or light. CBG is also a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, similar to CBD. It is considered to be the precursor for other cannabinoids, as its acid form (CBG-A) can be broken down into CBG, CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids when exposed to heat.

Some strains may do better on helping us to get energized or uplifted, while other strains may help us to relax and fall asleep more easily. Each cannabis strain has a unique terpene profile which creates different effects on us. Depending on which cannabis strain you are consuming, the type of high you get may vary. There are 3 categories of cannabis strains: Indica is believed to have a relaxing effect on users, Sativa has a more energizing effect, and hybrid has a combination of the two.

Offside Cannabis is an authorized retailer of recreational cannabis products. It is important to note that dispensaries are separate entities that distribute cannabis for medical purposes, whereas cannabis stores like Offside Cannabis do not.

Why choose legal cannabis?
Because you know what you get. Legal cannabis products can be accessed from authorized retailers in Canada for non-medical use since its legalization in 2018. They are quality-controlled and tested for harmful levels of contaminants. It is tested for accuracy of THC and CBD levels and can be recalled by manufacturers, license holders or Health Canada if there is any quality issue or potential safety. Legal cannabis products meet the regulations and requirements of the Cannabis Act, which guarantees consumers the quality of cannabis products and reduces their risks.

A legal cannabis product will always display the following information on its package and label, including a standardized cannabis symbol, an excise stamp with specific colours indicating the province or territory in which the product is intended to be sold, a yellow box with a health warning message in both official languages, and a plain and child-resistant packaging (except for plants and seeds). For edible cannabis, a nutrition facts table will also be included. For more information on legal cannabis packaging and labelling, refer to How to read and understand a cannabis product label.

A legal cannabis retailer will only sell recreational cannabis products to adults age 19 or older. You can purchase cannabis from provincially-licensed retail cannabis stores. Offside Cannabis is provincially authorized to sell recreational cannabis safely, responsibly and lawfully in Ontario. Legal cannabis retail stores only sell legal cannabis products and ship cannabis products to destinations located in the province or territory where they are authorized to operate.

Adults age 19 or older are permitted to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent in the non-dried form at one time for personal use in public. One gram of dried cannabis is equivalent to:


  • 15 grams of edible product
  • 70 grams of liquid product
  • 0.25 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
  • 1 cannabis plant seed

The public possession limit for cannabis beverages has been increased to 17.1 litres (equal to 48 cans of 355 ml each) of cannabis beverages in public for non-medical purposes in December 2022.

THC limits vary by the type of legal cannabis product. There are THC limits for legal cannabis products. Any product containing more THC than the allowed limit is not legal. All legal cannabis products must not exceed the following allowed limits:

  • No extra THC can be added to dried or fresh cannabis. This type of cannabis product can only contain as much THC as the plant produced.
  • A maximum of 10 mg of THC per container for edible cannabis regardless of the number of edibles in the container.
  • A maximum of 1,000 mg of THC per container for cannabis extracts for ingestion or inhalation, such as capsules, oils, or contained in vape pens.
  • A maximum of 1,000 mg of THC per container for topicals.
  • Cannabis beverages must have a concentration of 3% w/w or less of THC

Yes, you can if you are an adult. When you are travelling within Canada, adults that meet the minimum age requirement of the province or territory you are in may possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or equivalent in the non-dried form at one time for personal use.

No, you cannot. It is illegal to transport cannabis and all products containing cannabis, including products containing CBD, across the Canadian border regardless of the purpose of usage. Even if you are travelling to or from an area where cannabis has been legalized, transporting cannabis products across the Canadian border is illegal.

Cannabis can be one of the potential causes of impairment. An impaired person may have difficulty completing tasks safely and may put themselves and others in the workplace at risk. Both employees and employers should share the responsibility to ensure health and safety in the workplace and prevent the risk of cannabis impairment at work.

You can purchase cannabis products on our website or at our physical stores in Niagara, Pickering, Hamilton, or Port Perry. Learn more about Offside Cannabis Store Locations. You may also visit to place an order online. Go to our website and select a store location. Then start adding products to your shopping cart. You will be requested to provide your contact information and select a payment method and pickup type at the checkout. We highly recommend you create and log in to your account for a better online shopping experience.

Unfortunately, we cannot deliver cannabis products to your address. Customers who placed an order on our website may go to the selected physical store for the pick-up. Customers can pick up orders at all of our locations, but the option for curbside pickup is only available at the Lundy’s, Clifton Hill, and Port Perry stores. Please specify your preferred pickup method at the time of checkout.

Offside cannabis only allows exchanges on accessories for manufacturer defects only. No refunds or exchanges on any accessories, cannabis or cannabis-infused products. For more information, please contact us at directly. We generally respond to received inquiries within two (2) business days.

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