Finding Your Preferred Method of Cannabis Consumption
So, with cannabis consumption, pretty much all roads lead to Rome, but it's up to
you to find the route that suits you the best. The cannabis industry has blossomed
over the last few years with more states going "weed-legal," so product
developers have garnered the amazing ability to go full-on creative with creating
new stuff for consumers. But, because of all the options, choosing how you want
to consume cannabis can be a little daunting. No worries, though, we're here to
help you pro/con your way to picking the best consumption methods for you.
Ways to Consume Cannabis with Pros and Cons
Flower, bud, herb—call it what you like but it's all the same. Flower from cannabis
is most often smoked, either in a rolled joint, a pipe, a bong, or some kind of
smoking device. For years, flower has been the most common consumption
method and the one method most are familiar with.
Simple consumption process involving firing the flower in some way and
inhaling the smoke
Less messy than something like wax
Wide range of flower to try from the many strands of cannabis
Kicks in rather quickly (between 2 and 10 minutes)
Not the most discreet way to consume cannabis
Inhaling the burning smoke may have ill effects
Can require additional accessories (rolling papers, pipes, etcetera)
Shatter, budder, wax, crumble—all of these are examples of concentrates.
Concentrates are processed cannabis that hold higher amounts of desirable
compounds like certain cannabinoids or terpenes.
Greater potency with less product
A diverse range of products to try
Numerous ways to use concentrates (e.g. vaporizing or using a dab rig)
Quicker onset of effects, sometimes immediately, and effects may last longer
Some concentrates require special equipment to use
Higher potency can lead to undesirable effects for an inexperienced user that uses too much
Effects may not last as long as some methods
Technically, carts (cartridges) could be lumped in with concentrates because the
prefilled cartridges are filled with some type of concentrated cannabis oil. Carts
can be found in a range of potency levels and offer a more concentrated way to
consume cannabis using a vaporizer pen or device.
Inconspicuous way to use cannabis (no major smell, no pipe required, etcetera)
Can be more potent and require fewer puffs than smoking traditional flower
May be considered a cleaner way to "smoke" cannabis
Kicks in quickly
Must make sure carts come from a reliable manufacturer and are free from harmful agents
Carts involve more waste than some of the more typical consumption methods
Fewer flavor varieties than flower
The world of edible cannabis products has grown by leaps and bounds. You can
find everything from gummies and lollipops to delectable gourmet options like
brownies and cookies. A lot of other products fall into the edibles category as well,
such as cannabis sprays that go in your mouth and tinctures you drop under your
Awesome and delicious selection of products to try
Discreet way to consume cannabis
Can find a range of potency levels
Effects can last up to 24 hours
Can take longer to kick in (around 30 to 60 minutes)
Digestion process is extremely different from one person to the next, so edibles can affect everyone in different ways
Can hit a lot harder than expected
Start Low and Slow Regardless of Consumption Method
Tolerance for the components of cannabis can vary from one person to the next,
and the nature of consumption can change the end effects and the degree to
which they are felt. You don't want to go all-in with a new cannabis product and
have a bad experience. Start with lower potencies than what you think you're
going to be good with, give yourself time to reach the full effects, and then
consume more if you feel you need to.
Don't rely on secondhand info for guidance with a new cannabis product. Your
buddy may be fine with a high-milligram edible, but that doesn't mean you will.
Another thing to note, the milligrams of potency levels with cannabis can hit
differently depending on what you consume. For example, you may be able to do a
10mg dab all day and get what you want, but chomping down on a 10mg edible
brownie may send you somewhere you didn't intend to go.
Stay Safe, Stay Smart, Stay Legal
Cannabis consumption can bring about a lot of benefits and advantages, but it is
something that should be taken seriously just the same. Regardless of your
consumption method, you must stay safe. Know exactly what you are taking or
using before doing so, stay home or safely at a friend's house until the effects
have fully worn off, and follow local laws about cannabis use.
Cannabis Consumption: It's All Good But Find What's Right for You
When it comes down to it, there's really no wrong way to consume cannabis, but
every avenue has its perks, and not every route of consumption works for
everybody. If you're looking for a new avenue of cannabis consumption, try one
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