So, you’re getting ready to wind down with your favorite green plant. The first thing to consider is the flower, but the consumption method is a close second. Then again, most people are only aware of joints that were prominent back in the days of illegal marijuana use.
So, whether you’re a long-time smoker who wants to mix things up or a total newbie looking for a starting point, you’re in the right place. Let’s explore the most popular consumption methods.
When you inhale marijuana, the gas enters your lungs and quickly gets absorbed into your bloodstream. There’s a distinction between smoking and vaporization under this umbrella term.
The former includes setting the plant on fire and generating smoke, while the latter heats the bud below its combustion point, producing vapor infused with cannabis oils.
The gist of inhalation is that you get almost immediate, shorter-lasting effects. There’s a wide array of devices at your disposal, each providing a different experience.
Grinding and rolling your plant is an affordable, accessible option that many smokers still prefer.
If you go traditional, you get a marijuana-only joint. Blunts consist of cigar paper containing nicotine, which many users enjoy for the taste and the combined effects of cannabis and tobacco.
Hand and water pipes are well-known, widely-used methods, but they differ in portability and ease of use. Simply put, you can take a hand pipe around with you for a quick smoke, while water-based bongs and bubblers tend to be more suitable for at-home usage.
Hookahs consist of wet tobacco and marijuana. Think of them as less accessible blunts that are often the manifestation of aficionados.
One-hitter is any disposable smoking device, usually home-made and super-creative.
Despite the name, it’s possible to use these more than once. However, you’ll have to learn how to clean a one-hitter to keep taking advantage of your convenient, easy device.
Vapes are a go-to choice for health-conscious consumers who want a quick high. It minimizes smoking-associated health risks and produces less odor.
Dabbing is a new technique that boosts the health benefits associated with consumption without combustion. You’ll drop cannabis concentrates on a heated nail inside a glass globe for a potent hit of THC.
Oral delivery includes all through-the-mouth techniques, even when marijuana doesn’t reach your digestive tract first.
Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts. They provide the same immediate relief as inhalation methods, minus the health risks.
You place several drops under the tongue, and it quickly produces the desired effects. These are also great for dosage control.
Ingestible oils stand somewhere between tinctures and edibles. They have an oily consistency, facilitating ingestion. There’s a waiting period before your stomach can do its part in the process, though.
Edibles are the best-known oral delivery method that produces full-body effects a few hours after consuming the product.
Cooking with marijuana isn’t difficult, either. You can make whatever food you prefer, as long as the recipe includes heating it to the right temperature to activate the oils.
Cannabis-infused cooking oil and butter are easy to use for any meal, from famous brownies to mac and cheese.
Finally, topicals are creamy substances saturated with a potent cannabis extract for your skin to absorb. However, they don’t provide the popular ‘high’ of other consumption methods, focusing instead on the plant’s medicinal values.
You’ll find marijuana-based creams, balms, lotions, and salves in any dispensary. They’re ideal for those looking for localized relief while keeping their head clear.
Even if you purchase a high-THC product, the chemical components don’t enter the bloodstream. They can’t bind to the receptors in your brain, only healing pains and aches.
Mix and Match
As you’re trying different methods, you’ll start developing a better understanding of your preferences. Even then, don’t get stuck in a rut. This plant is beneficial to your health, but it’s also fun.
So, stay safe but don’t be afraid to play around with it. Tailor your consumption to the situation and the effects you want to achieve, and the entire experience will be much more enjoyable.
Let us know in the comments about your favorite way to consume marijuana!