Best Ways To Smoke And Consume Marijuana
published on March 23, 2020
The best thing about the modern world is that now, due to the decades of research in various fields, we know how to use things we get from nature as effectively as possible. Cannabis was strongly associated with joints for a long time, but we are living in times when the perception of this plant and attitude toward it are changing. Nowadays, manufacturers experiment with marijuana and enable us to choose among various cannabis products from pills to topicals. In this article, we will pay attention to the most common ways to consume marijuana. We hope this information will help you choose the way of consuming that is perfect for you personally.
Inhaling Smoke: Vaping Vs. Smoking
Inhaling the smoke from burning weed is what most experienced consumers and even beginners choose. Should they refuse from it and choose some other way of consuming marijuana? In fact, it is your decision. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you choose the right option for you, so let us get started.
Smoking: joints and pipes
It seems that people will never stop using pipes and joints, and well, it is easy to understand.
Pipes, for example, come in various shapes, designs, and materials. However, the only thing that distinguishes them from joints is the absence of paper, which, however, is less hazardous to a consumer’s health. In general, the following can be said about pipes:
- Smoke is cooler
- There are tons of fantastic designs for all tastes
- They do not burn fingers
It may seem that good old joints pale in comparison to pipes, not to mention bongs, vape pens, and dab rigs. A consumer needs to purchase rolling papers (which is not good for your health when burning), and the combustion takes place, i.e. the part of the weed is burned. Paradoxically, the last thing can be considered the joints’ biggest benefit.
This makes joints perfect for beginners: the absence of combustion is not always good, especially for beginners, who get a higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol. In some cases, higher levels of THC do not make you feel even better but cause anxiety, hallucinations, vomiting, and other side effects.
Still, joints are not yet things of the past – people who choose this way of consumption still can get high very quickly, and, after all, it just looks cool.
Vaping: cartridges and oils
Vaporizers are super trendy, and yes, people use it to consume cannabis, too. The benefits of choosing them are that you can consume your favorite strains in a more discreet way and choose among a variety of flavors and brands. As we have noted before, there is no paper, so you do not have to inhale the smoke which is hazardous to your health.
However, there is one thing all consumers need to consider – vaporizing oil makes the effects more powerful. It sounds good, but it is not always good for your body and mind, especially if you are a newbie. Using vaping pens and similar devices makes sense, and it can even be better than any other way of consumption but only if you are a heavy smoker or at least an experienced consumer.
Moreover, you cannot be too careful when choosing the brand when it comes to vaporizers and cannabis. If you want to buy a vape pen and purchase some cartridges or oils to get started, spend time analyzing the market and choosing the most trusted manufacturer. Believe us, you will never regret it.
Smoke-free Ways Of Consuming Marijuana
Today, people do not even have to inhale the smoke to use the benefits of cannabis. What are the alternative ways of consumption? We bet you heard about them. Let us take a look at concentrates, edibles, and topicals in more detail.
Obviously, this is the second most popular way of consuming cannabis. No, consumers do not have to eat cannabis flowers – there are plenty of other, more effective, convenient, and even more, tasty (literally) ways to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, treat symptoms of a disease, or just get high.
Tinctures are great for those who want to feel high or relief but do not want to inhale smoke. It’s easy to understand, especially considering that most strains have specific flavors and let us be honest – not all people like them. That is why placing a few drops of the extract (concentrate) under the tongue is the super easy and fast way to feel the effects.
It is even quicker than smoking – tinctures are absorbed immediately. This, however, is a good reason to be careful with the dosage.
Chocolate bars, gummies, cookies, and plenty of other sweets can be cooked with one extra ingredient – cannabis. A lot of beginners wonder if they really work, and the answer is yes, they work if the one who is cooking them knows what he or she is doing. Yes, the active components are absorbed from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on a consumer’s metabolism and what he ate before, but the effects last much longer. The rest of the above-mentioned ways of consumption allow feeling the effects during a few hours (in most cases, 2-3 hours), and edible with marijuana can affect the body and mind even for 12 hours.
Another important thing to mention is that it is incredibly easy to eat more than you actually need, and this will result not only in nausea but also in all side effects of THC (of course, if you consumed THC-dominant products.) That is why eating edibles requires an understanding of what is going on – you need to know what dose is good for you and how it will affect you.
Oils (ingestible ones, not the oils for vape pens) are somewhere halfway between concentrates and edibles. These are THC- and CBD-dominant capsules, and they are also often used by people who use cannabis for medical purposes. They can be also used for recreational purposes, though. The same can be said about cannabis pills.
Creams, lotions, as well as other topicals, are used for the four most important reasons, which are as follows:
- They can improve skin condition.
- They relieve pain.
- They reduce inflammation.
- They reduce muscle tension.
There are plenty of other effects of such products, but these are the reasons why people who suffer from chronic pain, skin problems, arthritis, cancer, and plenty of other diseases use them. Please note that such products cannot get you high. Firstly, they contain a high level of cannabidiol which does not make you feel euphoric or any other effect on the mind, but it is easily absorbed by the skin. Though it does not mean that a topical goes to the blood, it still helps (if this is a high-quality topical) coping with lots of problems and diseases.
Which Way Of Consumption Should You Choose?
Now you know a lot about the ways of consumption, and as you can see, there are a lot of options to choose from. So, let us pay attention to another important aspect. What exactly should consumers take into account when deciding if they want to smoke, eat, or use cannabis as the topical? Ask yourself the following questions to find the right option:
- My friends/relatives/roommates do not like the smell of cannabis, how can I consume it not to cause any trouble to people?
- I have low THC tolerance, which products are the best?
- I am suffering from pain, which, however, is localized, what should I do?
- What if I need sustained effects?
In fact, we have already answered these and many other questions above. Just use this knowledge to find the best option for you and do everything right.
For example, if you live with someone who does not like the smell of smoke or disapproves of consuming at large, you can eat edibles, use vaporizers, oils, tinctures, pills, and capsules with the high level of tetrahydrocannabinol if you want to get high. If you want to relieve pain or if you have low THC tolerance (the answer to the question #2), you can use topicals (if the pain is localized, and yes, that is the answer to the question #3), oils and pills with the high concentration of cannabidiol. If you want effects to last longer, just eat edibles or tinctures, but be careful with the dose.
As you can see, we did not say anything new – we just used the information we provided above to answer these questions. We just want to show you that finding a perfect option for you is easy – you just need to consider your own preferences, tastes, and circumstances, and make a choice.