Though many people enjoy smoking recreational or medicinal cannabis, others find the sensation of smoking unpleasant. For others, lung conditions may impact the ability to smoke, making it more difficult to enjoy the therapeutic effects of cannabis.
Even though smoking remains a popular cannabis consumption method, you may be looking for new and exciting ways to enjoy it. Fortunately, thanks to technology and education advancements over the years, there are many ways to safely consume cannabis and reap the many recreational and medicinal benefits.
Vaporizing is one of the more popular cannabis consumption methods, especially considering its parallels to smoking. The chemical compounds in cannabis vaporize at much lower temperatures and keep the plant from burning, which is much easier on the lungs. The taste is also preferable to many, since the vapors allow you to experience the subtle flavor differences.
Large, tabletop vaporizers provide high-quality vapor with adjustable temperature settings, while small, handheld devices allow you to transport your cannabis and enjoy it just about anywhere. With adjustable temperature levels, you can experiment to gain nuanced control over your experience.
Another popular cannabis consumption method is cannabis-infused food. While this was common in the past, there are new developments in edibles that make it possible to infuse just about anything in butter or oil. Dispensaries often have plenty of edible options as well, giving you a lot of choice over what flavors you want to enjoy.
Edibles are concentrated and have delayed effects, however, so be mindful of your dosing and be patient while waiting for psychoactive effects.
Drinks infused with cannabis technically fall under edibles, but they are a less common way of consuming it. Cannabis tea or coffee is a versatile consumption option, however, which can be adjusted to your needs. The caffeine also gives the high a boost, providing you with a unique buzz.
Ingestible oils are a cannabis concentrate that’s consumed orally. These are commonly found in the form of applicators or capsules, which can be eaten directly or added to food. Like edibles, ingestible oils require low dosing at first and have delayed effects, so take it slow.
Tinctures are infused liquids that have cannabis extracts in an alcohol soak, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil or olive oil, which are then applied under the tongue. They can also be applied to food like any other edible. Tinctures enter the bloodstream immediately, so their effects are fast-acting, but they also provide you with dosage control. A variety of cannabinoid profiles, flavors and potencies are available with tinctures as well, so you have plenty of options for your desired effects.
Topicals are lotions, balms, salves, creams or oils infused with cannabis to be applied directly to the skin, providing localized relief of soreness, pain and inflammation, or for wounds and burns. The primary active compounds in the herb, cannabinoids, provide potent antioxidants that reduce localized pain and protect skin cells. Because topicals are used on the skin, they have the unique benefits of treating symptoms without inducing psychoactive effects, so they’re perfect for times you need to be clear-headed.
Dabbing is a way to flash-vaporize cannabis by dropping concentrates on a heated water-pipe attachment and inhaling the vapor. This method has intensely potent effects, but it requires a metal nail being heated with a butane torch, which not everyone is comfortable with. The temperatures are extremely high as well, which can be irritating to the soft tissues of the lung. Dabbing is considered “cleaner” than smoking, however, since there’s no ashy resin from burned plant materials.
Cannabis sprays are oil- or alcohol-based sprays that are delivered orally to provide a fast-acting dose of cannabinoids, similar to a tincture. Sprays are available with different ratios of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), as well as a variety of flavors, so you can use them for both recreational and medicinal purposes.
Transdermal patches are worn on the skin, similar to a nicotine patch, and provide pain relief locally. These are often used by those suffering from chronic pain conditions. This method transports the cannabis directly into the bloodstream, providing discreet pain relief. These are not fast-acting, however, and are designed for long-lasting relief.
THC Bath Salts
THC bath salts are designed for pain sufferers more than recreational users. Like normal bath salts, THC bath salts are a soak that’s added to a bath to provide relief for sore muscles or chronic pain without any psychoactive effects.
Raw Dietary Cannabis
Despite the psychoactive effects that draw many to cannabis, it’s a plant like any other. Cannabis is only psychoactive when it is dried, aged and heated. Fan leaves and flowers can be taken directly from a live plant and consumed like a vegetable. Salads or green smoothies are great options to enjoy the benefits of the plant without getting high.
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If you’re looking for an alternative to smoking, or you just want to try out some new ways to experience cannabis, any of these consumption methods are a great start. Just be sure to pay attention to your dosage and be sure that the method and strain you’re using are ideal for your desired effects. It may take some experimentation and guidance to find the best option for your needs.
If you want some assistance finding the best consumption method for your recreational or medicinal cannabis, Euphoria Wellness can help. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members would love to discuss the different consumption methods and strains for your ailment or desired effects. Call or stop by today to get advice from our staff or check out our menu today!
This content is not intended as medical advice. The information provided is meant to encourage cannabis education, not replace direct patient-healthcare professional relationships. Always consult your primary care physician or other healthcare provider prior to using cannabis products for treatment of a medical condition. Any statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products referenced are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Products are only available where the consumption of cannabis is legal.