The Various Ways to Enjoy Cannabis

Every unique way of consuming cannabis presents distinct benefits, effects, and experiences.

Most cannabis consumers have limited their experience to one or two of the most common

methods simply because they aren’t fully aware of the many creative options that are out

there. Do you find yourself falling under this category? Are you curious about the various ways

you can truly maximize the mental and physical benefits of consuming cannabis in different

forms? Then this article is perfect for you because we have come up with a comprehensive

checklist to guide you through the ways of enjoying this very versatile plant.

First off, let’s start with the three general delivery methods: inhalation, oral consumption, and

topical application. Now, let’s explore the various ways you can spice up your cannabis experience

under each of these methods.

Inhalation Methods

The two most common ways to inhale cannabis is through smoking and vaporization. Inhaling

lets the gases enter the lungs prior to absorption into the bloodstream.

Although there has been much debate over the effects of smoking cannabis, most health

professionals agree that smoke-free methods pose less risk. Vaporization gives smokers a

healthier alternative and a whole new experience.

The different devices made available these days like water pipes, hand pipes, water pipes,

hookahs, rolling papers and other home-made single-use devices provide a variety of different

experiences and also affect the quality of smoke inhaled.

  • Hand Pipes

Hand Pipes have gained popularity for the different designs and styles and for convenience

since they are functional, handy, lightweight, and easy to use. Hand pipes function by burning

the cannabis in an enclosed portion of the tool. The user then inhales the smoke that collects in

the tool.

  • Water Pipes

Bongs and bubblers are just two of the most common types of water pipes. These come in a

variety of designs just like hand pipes. The only difference is that water is added to cool the

smoke and is believed to filter harmful elements.

  • Rolling Papers

Joints and blunts are two ways to use rolling papers. While joints are made from rolling

cannabis in a paper made of organic plant-based materials, blunts are cannabis rolled in paper

made from the tobacco plant which contains nicotine. Blunts are often chosen for the flavor

and the added effect of nicotine but health-conscious consumers would rather go for nicotine-

free options like joints.

  • Hookahs

Although hookahs are more commonly used to smoke shisha (wet tobacco), it is also used for

cannabis but will require a huge amount of the herb to get the same results as that of other

smoking methods. To make this method more economical, cannabis is sandwiched between

tobacco. This also helps avoid burning cannabis too fast which results in an unpleasant flavor.

An added bonus to the social smoker is that this method allows several people to smoke at the

same time.

  • Homemade One-Time Use Devices

Creating one’s own disposable device requires a lot of creativity. The experience varies as much

as the materials and styles used to design each device. Simple pipes are most common but

more creative ideas have come to play. The variety of devices is as variable as the health

effects, depending on the materials and methods chosen.

  • Vaporization

If you are a health- conscious moderate user, a vaporizer will be your best option. Vaporization,

similar to using water pipes, minimizes the health risks related to smoking and also greatly

reduces the odor. There is a wide range of vaporizer models and designs to choose from. Most

vaporizers take cannabis concentrates which have various forms. Dabbing is a vaporization

form which works by dropping potent cannabis concentrates on a heated nail to create vapor

that collects inside the glass globe and then inhaled. Despite the health benefits of using clean

concentrates instead of a combustible flower, some are still wary about dabbing due to the

strong effect of the highly concentrated THC extracts.

Oral Delivery Methods

Tinctures, ingestible oils, and cannabis-infused food and drinks all fall under this category.

However, the common notion is that all oral delivery methods allow the substance to first go

through the digestive tract before getting into the bloodstream. This is not true for tinctures

which are more of a topical or sublingual application administered in the mouth and

immediately absorbed into the bloodstream.

  • Tinctures

Consumers who are looking to avoid the risks of smoking but are looking for the similar fast-

acting effects are more likely to choose tinctures. Alcohol (greater than 80 proof) is the most

common solvent used but other fat-soluble liquids such as vinegar or glycerol can also be used.

About three to four drops of the tincture are administered sublingually (under the tongue)

which allows for immediate absorption as opposed to ingestion which takes some time to

process through the liver. This also controls the amount of substance that enters the system.

  •  Ingestible Oils

Oils are consumed just like infused food and drinks but are usually more concentrated. Some

come in capsule form. One of the most popular oils is the Rick Simpson Oil, a concentrated form

of cannabis created by Rick Simpson to treat his skin cancer. This tar-like substance is created

by mixing a solvent like alcohol with cannabis and heating the mixture to evaporate the solvent

and just leave the concentrated medicinal compounds.

  • Edibles

Any type of food that contains cannabis falls under this category. Since the cannabis goes

through the digestive system and has to pass through the liver to enter the bloodstream, the

effects take time to kick in. Some enjoy the stronger, full-body, and psychoactive effect that

comes with ingestion.

There are so many ways to infuse food with cannabis but most consumers prefer using oil-

infused fat like butter or olive oil because these are known to carry more of the plant’s

therapeutic properties. Some find it more convenient to add tinctures to food to make it easier

to control the dosage. Although cooking with cannabis flower can be a bit challenging, more

and more consumers have been trying this method.

Topical Delivery Methods

A process called decarboxylation is used to activate cannabinoids before adding them to

tinctures. This results in a thick oil that can be easily absorbed through the skin. This is perfect

for consumers who need the substance more for relief or medication rather than the cerebral

stimulation that other users enjoy.

Consumers are now enjoying the variety of delivery methods and the unique effects and

experiences each have to offer.  We hope this checklist helps you find the perfect way to enjoy

and fully maximize the benefits of your cannabis experience.

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