FAQ

Cannabis and cannabis Product related

Cannabis Law and Order

Its legal to travel throughout Canada with your cannabis as long as it is contained in the original sealed packaged that it was purchased in. It is not legal to leave the country or to cross any international borders with Cannabis in tow. Better safe than sorry and leave your Cannabis at home. Remember to check the canada.ca website to get the most current iteration of the regulations.

 

Not yet. Once the Cannabis retail laws are relaxed you can bet we’ll be first in line for a delivery service.

 

Not yet. As of today only government owned cannabis retailers can provide mail order access. When this changes we’ll be the first to let you know!

This is a tough one. Many people have been consuming cannabis responsibly for years and  are confident in their ability to maintain full functionality after consuming. The challenge lies within establishing a level of cannabinoid detection that is a reasonable indicator for intoxication and thus impairment.  This is a case of better safe than sorry and its another area of policy where we at the Village Bloomery are advocating for clarity.

 

BC has legislated that children- no matter what age- are not allowed in Cannabis retail shops. We are looking at ways to support parents to get fair access so this is an issue we are working on both in terms of government relations as well as internal policy options.

You might. It depends on your landlord. We encourage you to approach this with kid gloves…which just means carefully! We wrote a little blog that could act as a guide for such a situation.

Topical creams do not currently fall under the list of Health Canada regulated Cannabis products,  but don’t despair! It’s really easy to make your own topical lotions and creams check out our DIY blog to see workshop schedules and resources to help you create the best solution for you. Topical products will  most likely be available within the first year following legalization.

 

We love dogs. We totally think dogs should be able to accompany their people to the cannabis store. BC has legislated that dogs are not welcome inside the shop. We do have an area just outside the shop where leashed and well socialized furbabies can be “parked” during your visit. Support/therapy dogs are always welcome.

 

Village Bloomery co-founders Jeremy Jacob and Andrea Dobbs are both advocates for medical access via the Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers (ACCRES)  as well as through Canadian Women In Cannabis (CWIC)

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In BC the rules that apply to cigarette smoking apply to smoking cannabis. If you own your own detached home you can consume any time you like. That said if you are a renter you will have to get approval from your landlord to consume or if you live in a townhouse or condo you will have to heed the bylaws of your strata. BC has a long history of a relaxed attitude around cannabis consumption so it’s unclear how much energy bylaw officers and the police department are going to dedicate to enforcing these laws but it’s better  safe than sorry.! We recommend that you engage your strata and landlords in an open discussion to help educate and inform those who have fears and concerns. Many people do not know that vaporizers are a good alternative to smoking dried flowers indoors as the odor is greatly reduced as is the risk of fire.

 

The unregulated cannabis market in BC was robust and had a diverse range of unregulated products some of which were top of the line and others not so much. Vape pens were prolific in BC and while most were produced to the highest standards there were products that were less than ideal. The Cannabis act set out to regulate production and retail for an entire nation and the result is that we have a much more conservative program than some would like to see. Originally we were frustrated with the reduction in product diversity because we had seen first hand the benefits people were experiencing with that access however we’ve since recognized that it’s best that our entire nation be on the same page with Cannabis so that we can evolve together. Innovation and great design take place where the parameters are tight so we’re putting one foot in front of the other to support Canadian innovation in the regulated cannabis space. Health Canada has vapor pens, edible products and concentrated derivative products on their radar and plans to roll out regulations for those with in the next year.

Bloomifesto #1

Plant flowers in front of your home. Invite people to pick them.

 

Cannabis Wellness

Prior to October 17th there were many CBD pet products available on the market. We are not sure what the future of CBD for pets is and we’ve not go much experience with THC for pets so encourage you to talk to your vet to get more information on that. We’ve had so many people asking about this that we wrote a blog to help you along the way. “How to talk to your vet about Cannabis”.

All of our staff are able to support you to make an informed decision and to make a purchase that you feel good about. If you are looking for a health practitioner to support you with Cannabis as medicine you will need to speak to your doctor or contact one of the Health Canada approved Medical producers as we are not equipped to make any medical recommendations.

 

Yes, There are lots of ways to consume cannabis including topical absorption, vaporization, ingestion and beyond.

  1. Topical absorbtion presents the lowest opportunity to experience euphoria -what others call the “high”- and there are studies that are ongoing on what the benefits of topical creams and oils might offer a consumer. State legal topical products have been on the US market for quite a while and they are very popular. You can expect Canada to bring these products to market in 2019 sometime. To get an idea of what these might look like check out this  Leafly.com article on Topicals. For now you can always use your oil based tinctures to infuse a cream you like Or you can sign up for a workshop to learn to make your own. Stay tuned for workshop dates!
  2. Vaporization acts much like smoking in terms of the euphoria you might experience however there are a few marked differences. We’d be happy to paraphrase Green Flower but they’ve done such a good job at breaking it down and we’d hate to butcher their work. Here is how Green Flower breaks it down.
  3. Ingestion can be achieved either through a tincture or through an edible source. Ingestion simply means that you access the cannabinoids through swallowing and thus absorbing. The challenge with ingestion is that it can take a while to figure out the amount that best serves you. Tinctures can be really good because you can start with one single drop at a time where as edible goods are more challenging. If you are going to explore with edible goods do your best to find out what the potency of the product is-in fact if it isn ‘t marked on the package and or if you haven’t done the math and you’ve made it your self maybe just don’t.  Eating cannabis infused products is not dangerous generally speaking but it can be terribly uncomfortable if you’ve over consumed. Trust us on this one. That said, if you find a product with clearly marked potency like capsules for instance you can feel confident in your journey. Start with the lowest does you can find. 2.5 MG of THC is a good place for a brand newbie. Make sure you read all of the instructions on the packaging and feel free to “ask a bud tender” on our forum page if you find yourself in a tizzy.
  4. Beyond-that’s where innovation comes into play. Suppositories, inhalers, cosmetics and bath products are all in the works. There is no shortage of creativity in the Cannabis space…give it a little time and move forward with intention. We want all of your cannabis experiences to be good experiences.

While there are lots of studies on CBD there aren’t any peer reviewed medical studies on the effects of CBD and the fetus. This is one of those questions that will need to go to your health care providers. If you are looking for more information on CBD you might want to consider the book the  ABC’s of CBD so that you can present your interest in CBD to your practitioner from an informed perspective. Note: it is really important to us that we work to empower physicians with knowledge so that that scientific community can take the reins so we encourage you to approach your doctor with the intention to open up a dialogue. You can also find support in and around cannabis consumption during and after pregnancy through publications such as Today’s Parent.

Yes! We are still committed to wellness and supporting people to live their best lives. If you are a medical consumer and we carry what it is you are looking for you are more than welcome. Its important to know that with the Governments mail order medical program there may be incentives that benefit you as a medical consumer such as insurance coverage and or compassionate pricing. As a recreational shop we are not able to support those incentives nor are we able to discuss your wellness plans with you in any detail. That said we are always up for a good chat about feeling good!