We get it—the cannabis world can be a lot to take in.
It’s a fast-paced industry that’s constantly evolving, both in terms of products and regulations. But one thing that’s remained consistent? That cannabis is a personal journey. Everyone’s experience will be different.
Enter our Ask Kiaro Anything (A.K.A.) program.
The one-on-one sessions with our empathetic and knowledgeable Pathfinders aim to help consumers enhance their cannabis experience based on their personal motivations. The sessions answer all your cannabis-related questions and will leave you confident and empowered in this exciting journey!
And our A.K.A. participants have come up with some excellent questions. Here are a few common questions we’ve been answering for newcomers to the cannabis space:
This is my first experience and I’m a little nervous to even step into a cannabis store, what can I expect?
Stepping into an unknown space can always be a little uncomfortable. The element of cannabis only adds to the discomfort.
At Kiaro, you can expect a bright, open and safe space. A space where a knowledgeable and friendly cannabis consultant will greet you and help put you immediately at ease. In this confidential session, we’ll explore the areas you are curious about together, and will take the time to clearly answer any questions you have. Our consultants may suggest signing up for our membership program, myKiaro, which will track your purchases and keep you informed of special offers, store updates and new products. You can also sit down with one of our Pathfinders for a customized A.K.A. consultation.
At the end of your time in our store, you will leave feeling understood and confident with your cannabis purchases.
I don’t like the idea of smoking anything, what are my options?
Although similar to smoking, vaporizers and vape pens are becoming increasingly popular. Consumers who vape will have the rapid onset of inhalants, but without the carcinogens that are released with the plant burns. Same with vaping extracts, commonly referred to as dabbing.
If you’re looking to avoid inhalants all together, there are now a variety of options for you to choose from. Edibles, beverages, tinctures, capsules and topicals all offer cannabis in a format that is more familiar. Whatever you choose, we always suggest you follow the cannabis golden rule: start low and go slow.
How do I figure out how much cannabis to consume to achieve what I want?
The first step in determining dosage is to talk to a Kiaro Pathfinder in an A.K.A. session. This will clarify what your specific needs and motivations are, and help determine which products may help you to achieve your desired outcome. Each session is tailored to your needs and we come prepared to answer all your questions—all we ask is that you come with an open mind! We will talk about your experience with cannabis, your tolerance, the time of day you intend to use, and anything else that will help us make a recommendation on dosages.
What’s the difference between THC and CBD, and what’s best for me?
Both THC and CBD are natural compounds, or plant cannabinoids, that are found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Both of these cannabinoids are chemically similar to your body’s endocannabinoids, so they interact with your endocannabinoid system but produce different effects.
THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis—it’s what gives you the euphoric sensation. You can consume THC is a variety of formats including flower, oil, edibles, capsules, beverages, etc.
CBD can be extracted from cannabis or hemp, but legal CBD is often extracted from hemp and must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. Consumers can buy CBD in the form of topicals, edibles, tinctures/oils, capsules, inhalants, etc.
Both cannabinoids are psychoactive, just not in the same way. While THC produces a high, studies have shown CBD to help with conditions such as anxiety and depression. THC binds with CB1 receptors in the brain—that’s what gives the feeling of being high. CBD, on the other hand, doesn’t bind with CB1 receptors very well. But it can in conjunction with THC, which is why some consumers use the two cannabinoids together. The CBD can help reduce and balance the effect of the THC.
As for what’s best for you personally, it depends on what cannabis experience you wish to achieve.
To learn more about how to Ask Kiaro Anything, take a look at the webpage. We are currently offering these informative sessions in B.C. at our Vancouver Commercial Drive location and in Saskatchewan at our Saskatoon Riversdale location. In-store A.K.A. programming will continue to roll out to each of our locations throughout the spring and summer.
If your store has not rolled out the program yet, no sweat! Call us anytime to speak with a cannabis consultant, connect with us on social, or send us an email! We love hearing from you.