Ways to consume cannabis: Your go-to guide
12.21.21 - 4 min read
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Flower, vape pens, concentrates, capsules, edibles, drinkables, tinctures, topicals —if you’ve visited your local dispensary lately, you’ve probably noticed there are more ways to consume cannabis than ever.
With so many options and innovations, you may have found yourself wondering, “What’s the best way to consume cannabis?” Simply put, there’s no single right answer for that question. Everyone has different needs, and our bodies interact with cannabis in different ways.
Luckily, learning more about each way to consume cannabis will give you a better understanding of your choices. Scroll on to explore our guide and find the perfect fit for you—whether you’re new to the game or are highly experienced.
Methods we’ll cover include:
One final note before we get started: it’s important to remember that laws and regulations for cannabis consumption methods vary from state to state, so be sure to stay informed about what’s legal where you live.
When you want to feel the full effects of THC and other cannabinoids quickly, inhalation might be for you. As the cannabis smoke or vapor flows into your lungs, it quickly travels into your bloodstream, providing near instant results. The effects peak in about 30 minutes and then last for up to three hours. Sound like a good fit for you? If so, then the next step is choosing the right inhalation method: smoking, vaping, or dabbing.
Smoking cannabis involves lighting cannabis flowers and inhalation of the smoke. You have your choice of hand pipes and water pipes in plastic, metal, and glass materials. Additional options include rolling up marijuana in papers yourself or purchasing pre-rolls (depending on your state’s regulations and laws).
When it comes to vaping and marijuana, you use a specialized device to heat up the cannabis flowers or concentrate to a controlled temperature. At that temp, the cannabis vaporizes, allowing you to breathe in the cannabinoid- and terpene-rich vapor.
With cannabis dabbing, you use specially designed rigs to heat marijuana concentrates so you can inhale the vapor. There are many types of concentrates available, including oil, shatter, and wax extracts.
Oral marijuana products add even more variety to the cannabis consumption experience. Whether you use edibles, drinkables, or capsules, the THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids travel through your digestive system and get processed by your liver. Although this can take an hour or two, it’s well worth the wait. If you want to speed things up, you can use cannabis tinctures sublingually instead. [Source]
Available as candies, cookies, brownies, snacks, and so much more, cannabis edibles are a tasty way to enjoy the effects of marijuana. All you have to start your journey? Eat and enjoy!
Drinkables are cannabis-infused beverages like CBD & THC drinks that let you sip your way to feeling a variety of possible effects. Many drinkables, like Cann, have fewer milligrams of THC and CBD per serving than edibles. Despite that, the liquid delivery can make them work much faster.
Cannabis capsules contain a single dose of marijuana extract suspended in a neutral oil that’s easy to digest. You just take one or more capsules as needed to get the desired effects, which may last anywhere from six to twelve hours.
Cannabis tinctures are a marijuana extract made using fat-soluble liquids or 80-proof alcohol. They are highly concentrated as a result, only requiring a few drops under the tongue to start working. Out of all the oral cannabis consumption methods, tinctures may work the fastest.
Cannabis topicals and transdermal products are a great way to help manage physical discomfort. They feature decarboxylated cannabinoids that are fully activated and ready to absorb into your bloodstream.
Cannabis topicals come in balms, lotions, salves, and other formulas that you apply directly over muscles and joints. There are also transdermal patches and gels that slowly release cannabinoids over a longer period of time.
Whether you’re just getting started or are simply looking to try something new, the patient care specialists at your local RISE dispensary are here to help.
In our mission to make well-being accessible to everyone, we’ve filled our dispensaries with a wide array of products. Our knowledgeable staff members will learn about your specific needs and provide you with personalized care.
So find a convenient dispensary location near you and come by for a visit. We’ll help you explore all the top ways to use cannabis—just remember to bring your curiosity.
Use responsibly. Always consult with your doctor before using cannabis.
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