Picking a method of consumption is personal and may vary from person to person. However, there are some things to keep in mind that can help you strategize how and when you consume cannabis to help your experience and overall well being. Keep reading for our guide on how to pick a method of cannabis consumption.
Inhalation is exactly what it sounds like. Methods in the inhalation category are consumed by activating the substance with heat and inhaling into the lungs. Products falling in this category include flower, vape cartridges, wax, and shatter. Smoking Cannabis can be done with a variety of tools including using pipes, water pipes, and papers to smoke flower. Vape cartridges will need a battery and dabs require other tools to heat the concentrate.
Benefits of Inhalation
Smoking cannabis isn’t for everyone, but many people do enjoy it and the effects. Benefits of choosing to smoke cannabis instead of other methods include that you will feel the effects very quickly and the cerebral effects wear off within a few hours.
When to Choose Inhalation
The different methods of cannabis inhalation are not made equally. If you are wanting discretion and portability, vapes can be a great choice. They work within minutes, have less of an odor than smoking flower, and can fit easily into a pocket or purse. Smoking flower in the form of joints or pipes can be great for those that enjoy it and want the experience. With flower, you are also getting to enjoy and medicate with the purest part of the plant. However, it is not discreet and will leave a distinct odor. Dabs are not recommended for beginners and require specific rigs to heat the concentrate. The effects can be more intense than smoking and vaping, so this method should be used with extreme discretion!
Unlike inhalation, oral methods of cannabis consumption have already been heat activated and come in a discreet, easy to consume form. Products falling into the oral category include edibles, capsules, and tinctures.
Benefits of Oral Cannabis Consumption Methods
There are many benefits to consuming cannabis orally. For one, it is a discreet way to consume cannabis without any smoke or odor. The therapeutic effects will also last longer than the effects of smoking. Lastly, it is easy to accurately dose edibles, tinctures, and capsules!
When to Consume Cannabis Orally
Sublingual tinctures can be a great option for daytime use. They kick in within 15-20 minutes and can last for a few hours. Since you can be extremely accurate with dosing, you can get relief while preventing an unwanted feeling during your most productive hours. Alternatively, it may be a good idea to consider choosing edibles for evening use to promote restful sleep. Since they are time released and last for several hours, they are perfect for winding down in the evening and preparing your body for deep, restful sleep.
See our full Worry Free Guide to Edibles for more edible education!
Cannabis topicals include products like balms, lotions, salves, and transdermal patches that can be used directly over muscles and joints.
Benefits of Cannabis Topicals
Benefits of cannabis topicals include that they are discreet and easy to use, they do not cause the same intoxicating effect that often comes with consuming THC, and you can get them in different ratios of THC and CBD to help target pain and discomfort.
When to Use Cannabis Topicals
Cannabis topicals may be a good choice to use when you are trying to target a specific pain or discomfort. Cannabis topicals can also be used to massage sore muscles after exercise! This method can be used at any time with minimal cerebral effects.
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