The most popular method of consuming cannabis is through inhalation or smoking, even non-users know that. However, there are a number of ways on how to use and consume cannabis and some may be still unknown for newbies.
There are 3 basic delivery methods: inhalation, oral, and topical.
In inhalation, the gases enter lungs first before being absorbed into the bloodstream. There are two types of inhalation: smoking and vaporization.
Smoking is the most common method associated with marijuana. Smokers have come up with different devices at their disposal which includes rolling papers, hand pipes, water pipes, hookahs and even one-time homemade devices. Each of these devices brings different experience and influences the level of smoke inhaled.
Vaping is the logical pick for moderate to experienced cannabis consumers, especially to those who are health conscious. The vaporization technology has offered smokers an alternative method with fewer health concerns. This method steadily heats the herb to a certain low temperature that can extract CBD and THC. Due to the very low temperature in vaporization, no potentially harmful toxins are released, thus it minimizes the health risks associated with smoking.
All delivery techniques that are administered through the mouth are included in this method. Ingestion are mostly delivered through the digestive tract before entering the bloodstream.
Edibles are cannabis-infused food or drink. They take several minutes to an hour before they kick in, yet can cause very powerful full-body, psychoactive effects. There is a wide variety of edibles from candies and muffins to butter and tea.
Ingestible oil is another method of consuming cannabis orally. It is any cannabis concentrate which commonly comes in capsules or plastic applicators, which can either be added to food or drinks or consumed directly.
Tinctures is also an oral way of consuming cannabis. They are infused liquids that extract cannabis compounds using an alcohol soak. Tinctures are directly applied under the tongue. Unlike ingestibles and edibles, tinctures goes through the bloodstream immediately. It allows a better dose of control and a quick effect. It comes in various flavors, potencies and cannbinoid profiles.
Topicals come in lotions and balms which are infused with cannabis concentrates. They are directly applied to skin for localized relief for pain, inflammation and soreness. Topicals have the ability to treat symptoms without psychoactive effects.