Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of cannabis consumption, where the possibilities for getting elevated are as diverse as the strains themselves. Whether you're a fan of the classic smoking methods, the ease of screwing in a THC cartridge, the sneaky satisfaction of a tincture, or the scrumptious delight of an edible, the options for finding your ideal high are endless. But before you go all-in, it's important to know the ins and outs of each method and the unique effects they can bring. So, sit back, grab a snack, and let's take a journey through exploring all the different ways to consume cannabis.
Rolling a joint, packing a bowl, or using a pipe: it's the classic way to get high that's been around since before the days of peace signs and flower power.
When you light up, the heat from the flame activates the THC and other cannabinoids, causing them to take a one-way trip straight to your lungs for a fast and intense high. With so many strains to choose from you, can pick just about any vibe- whether it's an energetic and uplifting experience or a relaxed and sedated one. And let's not forget the added bonuses of euphoria, creativity, and heightened sensory experiences. Tasting the flavors of smoking cannabis is like a wine tasting for your lungs. The flavors can range from earthy and musky to sweet and fruity, and it all depends on the strain and the way it was grown and cured.
While the high from smoking cannabis may be intense, it's also short-lived, with noticeable effects lasting anywhere from two to six hours. But, there is a catch: smoking cannabis can come with some less-than-desirable side effects like dry mouth, red eyes, and an increased heart rate. Finding the right dosage is the key to unlocking a truly pleasant experience. If you’re just getting started, take a few puffs and wait a couple of minutes to see how cannabis makes you feel. Make sure to inhale! Simply holding the smoke in your mouth does nothing but give you bad breath.
Vaping Cannabis (Oils and Concentrates):
Next, we have vaping. Cannabis vaping is different than nicotine vapes for a couple of reasons. Obviously, THC vapes do not contain tobacco, nicotine, or any other additives. Cannabis vapes come in both disposable (all-in-one) pens and in cartridge (screw-on 510 thread) form. Unlike nicotine vapes, THC cartridges generally do not contain additional flavoring- meaning that your cartridge will generally taste relatively weedy, and not like a menthol pineapple. Vaping is also more discreet and can provide a stronger and more controlled high since you aren’t lighting actual flower on fire and are instead heating up already concentrated cannabis extract.
The effects of vaping cannabis can be similar to those of smoking, although they may be more potent and longer-lasting. In terms of taste, vaping can offer a more pure and true representation of the strain's flavor profile compared to smoking. This is because the vapor is not contaminated by the burning of plant matter and other byproducts. Some users report a cleaner and smoother high when vaping compared to smoking. Vaping can also provide a stronger and more controlled high, as the vapor is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the lungs.
The length of the noticeable effects of vaping cannabis can vary greatly depending on the potency of the vape juice and the individual's tolerance. However, the effects of vaping are typically longer-lasting than smoking, as the vapor is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream. Additionally, vaping has higher concentrations of THC than other cannabinoids (unless specified), so the high will feel different than the high from the flower of that same strain. The onset of vaping tends to be mild but noticeable, often described as a “creeper” due to how slowly it “creeps” upon consumers.
Vaping may be a good consumption method for beginners, as it is a healthier alternative to smoking and provides a more controlled and potent high. This is largely in part because of the convenience, accessibility, and discretion that vapes offer. On top of that, vapes are easier to dose than flower, since the amount of vapor and cannabinoid concentration is more consistent than smoking.
Edibles are a great option for those who don't like the taste of smoke or for those who want a longer-lasting high. High-dosed edibles are not recommended for inexperienced cannabis consumers.
What can you expect from this alternative consumption method? For starters, the high from edibles can be much stronger and longer-lasting compared to smoking or vaping. Edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to take effect, but once they do, the effects can last up to eight hours.
Regarding taste, edibles come in a wide range of delicious options. From baked goods to chocolates and gummies, the possibilities are endless. And, the best part? The taste of the cannabis can be masked or emphasized depending on the recipe. So, whether you're in the mood for a sweet treat or something savory, edibles have got you covered.
However, this method of consumption may not be suitable for beginners. With the onset of effects being delayed and the high being much stronger, it can be difficult to accurately dose with edibles. So, if you're new to the edibles game, start with a low dose and wait at least 2 hours before consuming more.
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Lastly, we have tinctures. Tinctures are a form of cannabis consumption that involves using a liquid solution that contains cannabis extract– typically in the form of THC or CBD– that is dropped under the tongue or added to food and drinks.
Tinctures may be a good consumption method for beginners, as they offer a more controlled and fast-acting high compared to edibles. Tinctures can also be easier to dose, as they often come with a dropper that allows for accurate and consistent dosing.
In terms of taste, tinctures can have a strong, earthy flavor that can be masked with added flavors or sweeteners. The taste can vary depending on the extraction process used to create the tincture.
The effects of tinctures can be similar to those of edibles, although they tend to be faster-acting and more controllable. The onset of the effects can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, and the high can be described as a more balanced and relaxing body high, with some potential for a mild euphoric effect.
The length of the noticeable effects from tinctures can vary greatly depending on the potency of the product and the individual's tolerance. The effects can last anywhere from two to six hours.
Tinctures are different from edibles in that they are absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes in the mouth, rather than being metabolized in the digestive system. This results in a faster-acting and more controlled high compared to edibles. Additionally, tinctures can be more versatile, as they can be added to food and drinks or taken on their own, making them a convenient and discreet consumption option.
There you have it- The different methods of consuming cannabis and their effects. Just remember, no matter which way you choose, make sure to always start with a low dose and listen to your body. While no puff (or bite) is too small, there are many times when a puff is too large. Stay Safe, Get Educated, and Get ANJA.