Here at Boerejongens, we believe firmly in Cannabis Education. We want you to be aware of the effects of cannabis and the potential risks involved in using any cannabis products. We also provide you with honest information, so that you can consciously choose whether or not to use cannabis.

Being Aware Of Cannabis Effects

Hashish and marijuana are drugs with various effects, including pain suppression and the muting of emotions. Cannabis can also amplify certain feelings, lower blood pressure, cause drowsiness, and spark a sudden craving for food. Beware though, as it can also change the way you perceive the world around you. Add to this the fact that cannabis will slow your responses to what happens around you, and you’ll see why you shouldn’t drive a car after using cannabis, for example.

If You Are New To Cannabis

If you have little or no experience with cannabis, please stick to the following guidelines to make sure that your experience is as positive, relaxed, and tasty as it can get. First of all, ask the coffeeshop employee for a mild cannabis strain to try. Some Dutch weed strains have high THC levels and may well prove too strong for beginners. Secondly, start slowly. THC takes a few minutes before you start to feel its effects after you smoke it. After you’ve rolled or bought a joint, don’t smoke it all in one go. Just light up, take a few puffs, and then put the joint back down. Wait for ten minutes until you notice its effects. If you feel okay, you can just light up again and continue to enjoy your smoke. In case of edibles such as space cake or hash brownies, you will need to wait longer. This is because it takes thirty minutes to an hour before THC passes your stomach and reaches your brain. Don’t eat your edibles all at once: eat half (or share it with someone else) and wait for the effect to kick in. If you’re feeling okay after an hour, eat the other half.

Mental Effects

Hashish and marijuana affect the way you feel, and the way you perceive the world around you. It can make you feel cheerful and relaxed. Worries may subside, and you could find it easier to engage with other people. On the other hand, some people experience a deep sense of anxiety and paranoia called ‘the fear’ after using cannabis. You may also experience music and colours to be more intense. Your experience of time passing may change, as may your perception of space. While cannabis can stimulate your imagination, you may also find it hard to focus or concentrate on what happens around you. Thinking logically may become more difficult, and your memory may become less effective. You could forget what you were saying in mid-sentence.

Cannabis Effects May Depend On Your Mood And Surroundings

Please note that taking cannabis intensifies your mood, so if you’re already feeling lousy it could make you feel even worse. Be sure to only use cannabis when you’re feeling positive and relaxed. Using cannabis on an empty stomach can intensify feelings of faintness and nausea, so make sure you’ve had something to eat first. Your surroundings matter, too. Find a quiet and relaxed place where you feel at ease before using cannabis. It’s usually best to use it in the company of friends you trust. Another useful tip is making sure you have something sweet and tasty nearby for when you suddenly get ‘the munchies’. Also have plenty of drinks ready to quench your thirst. Oh – and finally, having a pair of sunglasses can be very useful to cover your pink eyes. You can block intense sunlight with them, and more importantly, you will not feel as though everyone sees that you’re high.

Getting to know cannabinoids


THC and CBD are the two most prominent cannabinoids found within marijuana, but both perform different roles. THC is psychoactive and is largely responsible for the experience known as being high or stoned. CBD, on the other hand, is a cannabinoid that actually counters this experience, tempering the psychoactive effect and enhancing the strain’s medical value. THC is the best-known cannabinoid found in cannabis, and it is mostly used for recreational purposes. The reason marijuana is such a popular form of medical treatment is largely due to its other active cannabinoids. The active ingredient medical patients tend to be most interested in is the cannabinoid known as cannabidiol, or CBD for short. Each strain has a different ratio of these active compounds, making each individual cannabis strain more suited to different needs.


Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, tends to be the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana. It has serious implications into the field of medicine, and is the sought after compound by medical users. It is a non-psychoactive component that is believed to reduce and regulate the effects of THC. This means that strains high in THC and CBD will induce much clearer head highs than more hazy, heady strains containing very little CBD. CBD itself has a long list of medicinal properties. CBD is claimed to relieve symptoms such as chronic pain, inflammation, migraines, arthritis, spasms and epilepsy and schizophrenia. New uses are being found all the time as more research is conducted.


CBG, also known as cannabigerol, is an active cannabinoid compound that is mostly known for its anti-bacterial effects. However, very recent research has found that, whilst not traditionally thought to be very prevalent in most cannabis strains, it is likely to be the “template” or “stem cell” for both THC and CBD. This means that both THC and CBD start out as CBG. CBG has also been found to inhibit the uptake of GABA, a neurotransmitter (a type of neural messenger substance) found in the human brain. Blocking GABA uptake causes a feeling of relaxation that is normally associated with CBD. These findings have spurred new ongoing research into the cannabinoid, meaning it may have even larger implications.


Cannabichromene, abbreviated to CBC, is thought to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, although not much medical research has been conducted into the cannabinoid. Recent studies indicate, however, that it could have a potential role to play in brain cell regrowth.


CBDA is the acid form of CBD, much like THCA is to THC. It is currently thought to have antimetic (anti-nausea) effects as well as helping to fight breast cancer. However, more research into its medical benefits is needed.