8 consumption methods for you to choose from. More detailed information
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Dried cannabis is smoked in the form of filtered and/or unfiltered joints, bongs, or pipes. This method, however, has come under scientific scrutiny due to the harmful effects of smoking, but is still preferred by many users because of the speed at which the effects are felt.
Using a vaporiser reduces the harmful effects of smoking while maintaining the medicinal benefits.
Vaporisation is heating the oil to a temperature below its combustion point, but enough to generate an inhalable vapour.
This method releases cannabinoids in vapour form without producing irritating toxic and carcinogenic bi-products that are released when cannabis is burned or combusted.
Vaporisation is arguably one of the most effective and safest methods for administering cannabis.
Little to no smoke is produced and a cooler temperature vapour can be inhaled, thereby reducing irritation and harmful effects to the lungs, and eliminating second-hand smoke and odour.
Another benefit: less cannabis is required to achieve a given level of medicinal effects compared to other common methods.
Cannabinoids boiling point or vaporisation temperature ranges from 140 to 220 degrees C. Anything above 235 degrees C will begin the combustion process.
As reference, a typical joint when being inhaled is burning at about 800 degrees C.
It is a way of consuming cannabis that provides a heavy dose of active cannabinoids in a small package.
Using a special tool that heats up a bowl until it is red hot or about 650 degrees C, then a metal utensil called a dab tool to take a small amount of concentrated extract, dab it on the hot bowl, and inhale. The extract will instantly vaporize and produce a strong smooth hit.
Compared to smoking, dabbing provides quick and strong delivery of THC into the body and is meant for more seasoned or connoisseur users.
Consuming cannabis is commonly found in baked goods, candies, chocolates, smoothies, spreads, snacks and desserts. It can also be mixed with healthy meal options, eaten raw or even juiced. It can take up to an hour to feel the effects, and in general less cannabis is required with the effects lasting longer than traditional smoking. Oral ingestion is a preferred method of administration for discretion and portability.
Caution is advised to always start with low amounts of cannabis and test with small doses first. It should also be noted that compared to vaping or smoking, tolerance to THC that is orally ingested tends to go up much faster. 5 – 10mg is a generally accepted standardized dose of THC for oral consumption for beginners.
When consuming raw cannabis, one is consuming cannabinoids in their acid form (e.g. THCA or CBDA) which are non-psychoactive alkaloids. By eating or juicing raw cannabis in its natural state, there is no “high”. If one uses a strain that is dominant in CBD, the raw form will deliver CBDA. If one consumes a high THC strain, this raw form will deliver THCA. Drinking fresh-squeezed cannabis juice (similar to wheat grass juice) or eating raw cannabis as a leafy green vegetable is a preferred means of consumption for individuals in search of particular health benefits without the psychoactive experience.
Involves placing precisely decarboxylated cannabis under the tongue, allowing the cannabinoids to immediately enter the bloodstream through vessel-rich tissues. It is socially acceptable, convenient, and one of the preferred methods of treatment for many cancer patients who take full extract oils to relieve pain.
For serious conditions, “back door medicine,” or rectal delivery of cannabis, provides the greatest amount of plant medicine delivered with zero psychoactive effects. Whereas smoking typically delivers about a 25% efficiency rate, the efficiency rate of suppositories is up to 70%, with predictable results. This provides maximum medicine with maximum relief, little to no psychoactivity, and has less side effects. Suppositories work when they enter the rectal mucosa, spreading healing compounds quickly through nearby organs and efficiently into the bloodstream.
Cannabinoids, much like the active ingredients in other medications, can also be absorbed through the skin. Products designed for this functionality are known as cannabis topicals. The skin has a relatively complex absorption process that involves a chemical’s ability to dissolve in H20. Examples of topical products include creams, balms and even patches, much like those used to quit smoking cigarettes.