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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.