Now that cannabis is readily and legally available in many states there are a number of ways in which it can be consumed. All sorts of edible and infused products are available from candy to cocktails to baked goods and everything in between. Effects vary depending on the product type so make sure you are informed on dosage and intensity before you dive in. Here is a short guide to the best ways to consume your cannabis.
We love tradition. And smoke is what got us to where we are today. There are many devices and ways to smoke your cannabis. You can use a pipe, a water pipe, or roll a joint/blunt. You can smoke dried leaf and flowers of the plant.
When you smoke the plant, the effects are felt almost immediately. But just as quickly, the effects wear off in two to four hours. There is no problem with smoking again at that point but over time the health effects of repeatedly smoking anything can take a toll on the body. For this reason water pipes are preferred if you regularly smoke the plant. Or you can use a vaporizer.
Vaporizing or vaping uses a device that heats the cannabis without burning it, which allows for release of the cannabinoids. The cannabinoids include THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, so you still feel the high without the ill effects of ingesting smoke into the lungs.
The interesting thing about vaporizers is that they heat the cannabis more efficiently and thoroughly so you get more of the cannabinoids in your system, resulting in a stronger overall effect.
You can’t always carry a device with you whether traveling or in a social setting that does not allow it. In these cases, edibles are a great way to go. Edibles come in many varied forms: candy, baked goods, chewing gum, beverages like soda or beer. There are many more coming on line as the market experiments with what works. And if you want to take the time at home you can make your own cannabis infused butter or other oils to incorporate into your own cooking and baking.
Take note however. Edibles take longer to feel the effects so be patient. And once they do kick in the effects are stronger and longer. Just know what dosage you are working with and take your time and you will be fine. Labeling and packaging are continually improving so excess dosing will become less of an issue.
Did you know you can apply cannabis directly onto the skin? Many of the cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis have analgesic properties, making it a great method of pain relief. You can find topical creams, lotions, balms, sprays, oils, etc. You won’t get high no matter how much cannabalm you rub on your elbow but you might help your eczema.
Tinctures traditionally have been a way to get high amounts of herbs or medicines into concentrated form for consumption. The same can be done with cannabis. The tincture can be added to liquid to make a drink or applied orally, usually under the tongue, for direct absorption.
Tinctures can vary in dosage and are highly concentrated. Exercise caution and restraint when first beginning until you grow accustomed to your particular mixture.
These are some of the ways you can enjoy your cannabis. We are at an exciting time in the industry because new products and methods are arriving to market every day and because cannabis is more widely accepted almost everywhere.
Be sure to share in the comments section your favorite methods of consumption and what devices you prefer.