cannabis 101

what is the cannabis plant?


Cannabis is a plant known for its psychoactive and therapeutic properties. Individuals turn to cannabis for relief from a variety of symptoms including pain, anxiety and insomnia, as well as for social and recreational purposes such as boosting creativity and enjoyment. Today, cannabis is legal for either medical or recreational use (or both) in the majority of states across the U.S.


The cannabis plant has three main types: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. Pure sativa plants tend to be taller, with slender leaves, while pure indica plants are shorter with broader leaves.


Cannabis plants contain active compounds that are responsible for their therapeutic and recreational benefits, including terpenes (aromatic oils) and cannabinoids (a class of chemical compounds), the best-known of which are THC and CBD.


The majority of cannabis strains available on the market today are hybrid strains that have been bred for a specific THC, CBD and terpene profile. These diverse compositions – and their interaction with our bodies’ chemical makeup – result in a range of effects, from a more psychoactive “heady” high to specific therapeutic effects.


Beyond its recreational and therapeutic properties, the cannabis plant is an important agricultural resource. The strong fibers of hemp, a variety of the cannabis sativa species with low THC, are used to make ropes, clothing, textiles, building materials and more. Hemp is also harvested for its rich CBD content and consumable seeds that are rich in amino acids.

cannabis faq


How can I consume cannabis?

Cannabis can be consumed in a myriad of ways to fit different needs and preferences. Some of the most common methods include smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures and oils, as well as topical administration to address specific conditions such as muscle soreness.


There are several factors to consider when selecting your ideal method of consuming cannabis, including your desired speed of onset and duration of effects. Methods like edibles will take longer to kick in but effects will last longer, whereas inhalation will result in a quicker onset and a shorter duration of effects. It comes down to individual preference and tolerance. Visit our Products for additional information.



How will consuming cannabis make me feel?

Patients and consumers turn to cannabis for therapeutic and recreational effects, but no two strains will yield the same experience – nor will two people who consume the same strain have the same experience. How cannabis will make us feel will depend on many factors, including our biological makeup (see the Endocannabinoid system), individual tolerance and the type of relief we are seeking.


It may take some education and experimentation to identify the strains and product categories that offer the best experience for you. Ayr’s budtenders and patient consultants are here to help! Visit our stores


How can I get access to cannabis?

You can access cannabis in dispensaries in states where it’s allowed for medical or recreational use (or both). In states where cannabis is legal only for medical use, you will need a medical card to obtain access to cannabis.


Our Ayr Wellness dispensaries and partner brands operate in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Nevada. Visit Our Locations for more information.


Is it possible to smoke too much cannabis?

Yes, it is possible to smoke or consume too much cannabis – but what that might mean may vary for individuals.


We believe that cannabis should be part of a wellness and wonder journey, offering patients and consumers relief from symptoms and other recreational benefits – that extra boost of wonder, inspiration, creativity and energy. However, in order to experience these effects, it’s important to identify the strains, forms and dosages that fit your unique needs. Where cannabis is concerned, a little may go a long way.


How can I select the cannabis that’s right for me?

Finding the right cannabis product – with so many different strains and product categories available today – will take education and experimentation. And you may find that you benefit from different strains for different occasions.


Cannabis is a journey. For more information on products that may fit your unique needs, visit one of our dispensaries to consult with a patient counselor or budtender.


What are safety tips I should keep in mind before taking cannabis?

Many of the common-sense safety tips that we apply to alcohol also apply to cannabis. Cannabis and driving do not mix – make sure that you don’t get behind the wheel when under the influence of cannabis, and that you only use cannabis in environments in which you can be safe and comfortable. Make sure to safely store away your cannabis products out of the reach of children.