People use cannabis for many different reasons and purposes. Some do it for pleasure; some are seeking some kind of physical or mental relief, and some just want to experience something new. Luckily, there are several different cannabis consumption methods to select among, depending on the person’s aim, metabolism, and preference. Knowing each method’s particulars can help new consumers obtain the benefits sought in the product and minimize the undesired effects.
Main cannabis consumption methods:
There’s a broad group of methods to use cannabis, within which several sub-groups can be identified. Marijuana can be inhaled, consumed orally, or applied directly on the skin. Depending on which method we use, we get different effects with unique onsets and durations. Let’s check them!
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Cannabis consumption methods: INHALATION
The inhalation of cannabis implies that the cannabinoid enters directly into the lungs and passes to the blood stream. In this way, our brain’s reaction is immediate. There are several ways in which marijuana can be inhaled, including:
- Smoking: This is probably the most usual form of recreational cannabis consumption. In this method, the dried cannabis flower is burnt and then smoked in a joint, a pipe, a blunt, or a bong. Smoking the flower ensures an immediate onset; the effect-peak may occur within 30 minutes and may last for one to three hours depending on the person’s metabolism, experience in smoking marijuana, and the flower itself.
- Vaporizing: Vaping is inhaling the cannabinoid without directly smoking it. Vaporizing implies heating the flower without burning it, thus offering an immediate onset and a longer effect. We can vaporize marijuana by means of portable pens or desktop vaporizers. This is probably one of the cleanest cannabis consumption methods.
- Dabbing: Dabbing basically means inhaling a concentrated dose of marijuana, called “a dab”, over a hot surface. It is not recommended for inexperienced consumers, given that its effect is strong. The onset is immediate and may last a bit longer that other inhalation methods.
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Cannabis consumption methods: ORAL USE
Cannabis can be consumed orally by means of edibles, tinctures, capsules, tablets, and sprays. The onset may occur within 15 minutes to an hour approximately, depending –again- on the person’s metabolism, whether they have a full or an empty stomach at the moment of consumption, and their previous experience with cannabis.
- Edibles: Edibles come in countless varieties. From chewing gums, chocolate, cookies, pizzas, or sodas to bread, fruit juices, teas, and all types of snacks. The onset occurs about 1-2 hours after ingestion and lasts for 6 hours approximately.
- Tinctures: There are both edible- and alcohol-based tinctures, yet the ones applied under the tongue are much more concentrated and pass immediately to the bloodstream. The effect is felt around 20-30 minutes after consumption and lasts for about 2 hours.
- Capsules, tablets and oromucosal: These are common forms of medicinal cannabis. Each has different components, onsets and effects depending on the purpose.
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Cannabis consumption methods: TOPICALS
Topicals are perfect for those who want to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while avoiding the psychoactive effect. Topicals are applied directly on the skin and do not reach the bloodstream, thus relaxing the body, relieving pain and reducing inflammation without producing any side effects. For this reason, they are generally used for medical purposes. Topicals can be:
- Hemp lotions and creams: They are perfect for moisturizing the skin and also have a relaxing effect.
- Salve: It is rapidly absorbed and thus provides quick relief in cases of intense localized pain.
- Bath salts: After a stressful day, taking a relaxing bath with cannabis salts can help not only lessen inflammation and pain, but also sleep better.
- Oils: Right after a relaxing bath, a session of massage with cannabis infused oils is just perfect.
With this information in mind, it should be much easier to select the cannabis consumption method that best adjusts to your need and taste. We really hope it’s helpful. And, please, feel free to contact us if you need any extra info!