How to consume cannabis:
There are various ways to consume cannabis, each offering different effects, onset times, and overall experiences. Here are some common methods of cannabis consumption:
Smoking cannabis involves inhaling the smoke produced by burning dried cannabis flowers. This can be done through various tools, including joints (rolled cannabis cigarettes), blunts (cannabis rolled in a tobacco leaf wrap), pipes, and bongs. Smoking provides a relatively quick onset of effects, but it may have potential health risks associated with inhaling smoke.
Vaporizing cannabis involves heating the dried flowers or cannabis concentrates to a temperature that releases the cannabinoids and terpenes in the form of vapor. Vaporizers heat the material without combustion, resulting in a smoother and potentially less harmful inhalation experience compared to smoking. Vaporizers come in different forms, including handheld vaporizer pens and tabletop devices.
Edibles are food or drink products infused with cannabis extracts or cannabinoids. Common examples include cookies, brownies, gummies, chocolates, and beverages. When consumed, the cannabinoids are metabolized by the liver and produce a longer-lasting and more intense effect compared to smoking or vaporizing. The onset of effects can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, as digestion and absorption times can vary.
Cannabis tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts that are typically alcohol-based. They are consumed by placing a few drops under the tongue (sublingually) or adding them to food and beverages. Tinctures provide a discreet and precise method of dosing, and the effects are usually felt within 15 to 30 minutes.
Cannabis-infused topicals are products such as creams, lotions, balms, and oils that are applied directly to the skin. These products are primarily used for localized relief, such as reducing pain, inflammation, or skin conditions, without producing psychoactive effects. Topicals do not enter the bloodstream and therefore do not result in the typical “high” associated with other forms of cannabis consumption.
Sublingual sprays are liquid cannabis extracts that are sprayed under the tongue. They are absorbed through the mucous membranes in the mouth, providing a relatively quick onset of effects. Sublingual sprays offer precise dosing and are convenient for discreet consumption.
Dabbing involves vaporizing cannabis concentrates, such as wax, shatter, or budder, using a dab rig or vaporizer. The concentrate is heated on a hot surface, and the resulting vapor is inhaled. Dabbing provides a potent and immediate effect due to the high concentration of cannabinoids in the extracts.
It’s important to consider factors such as desired effects, onset time, duration, and personal preferences when choosing a method of cannabis consumption. Start with lower doses, especially with edibles and concentrates, and be aware of your tolerance and the potential for stronger effects. Additionally, familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations regarding cannabis consumption.