I am going to tell you about different ways to consume marijuana other than the traditional ways we know of today!
Pills or Capsules
Pills or capsules or Canna caps might be an awkward way to get stoned, but it doesn’t have to be restricted to marijuana patients who aren’t advised to smoke it to enjoy its health benefits. You can also enjoy the wonders of “canna caps”, as it’s fondly referred to. Getting a high from capsule doses will not only give you an enjoyable hit but it can also be used to treat pain, anxiety, insomnia, depression, cancer, and more.
Dabbing marijuana is a way of ingesting marijuana with concentrated doses of cannabis. This process often requires a blowtorch and looks a bit aggressive to those unfamiliar with the consumption method. Because of the increased potency of the concentrate itself (higher THC percentage than flower), it can make people exceptionally high – to the point that some recreational users will become uncomfortable. The truth is though, the ability to consume a more pure and potent form of cannabis is a huge benefit for medical users. You see, because the volume of cannabinoids is so much higher in a dab, patients are able to achieve dosages that are difficult to attain by simply smoking flower via a pipe or joint. This is incredibly valuable for patients using cannabis to manage seizures and other medical conditions.
Bongs are one of the most common forms of consuming cannabis, especially dried flower. Also known as a water pipe and sometimes referred to by slang terms like billy, bing, binger, and more, the bong is so engrained in cannabis culture that many connoisseurs go so far as to name their pieces, turning the otherwise inanimate object into a personality within their smoke circle.
Bowls, in my opinion, are one of the most convenient ways to smoke marijuana. Bowls are small hand pipes are very similar to tobacco pipes. They give you a clean hit, meaning the pot may taste better than other methods of smoking marijuana. Bowls provide a way to consume smaller doses of marijuana without the addition of smoking paper as with a joint. Bowls are made of glass, metal, ceramic, wood, or silicone.
Bubblers are portable smoking pipes made of hand blown glass, used to filter and purify the smoke just like a bong does. A bubbler, however, is smaller than a bong and does not have a removable bowl.
Joints are the most common and widely used way to ingest marijuana. The plant material is then placed within a paper and rolled into either a cone or straight-shaped joint. One massive advantage of smoking joints is their ease and simplicity, which also makes them usually cheaper than spliffs or blunts.
Blunts are to joints what cigars are to cigarettes. Blunts are the cigars of the cannabis world and probably offer the most powerful high out of all the options, depending on the way they are rolled. More creative options also involve using dried and processed cannabis leaves as a blunt wrap.
Cannabis tinctures are alcohol or oil-based extracts and can be by themselves or incorporated into a variety of recipes. By themselves administration of tinctures has a slower uptake than smoking, but significantly quicker than edibles. They have a longer duration of effect than smoking although shorter than edibles.
‘Edibles’ refers to any food item that contains or was infused by cannabis. Pot brownies are a classic example but you can find a variety of infused candies, snacks, and ingredients for cooking your own treats. The high from an edible can take up to two hours to hit although it is more intense than other ingestion methods and may last longer.
CBD Cannabis oil is low in THC and high in CBD, which is why you may have seen it referred to as “CBD oil” or “Hemp oil.” Because it often only contains trace amounts of THC, these oils won’t provide any psychoactive effects. Instead, they’re used to treat a variety of health concerns from pain, anxiety, nausea, and sleep problems to supporting cancer treatment and its symptoms. It can be consumed as is or put into capsules and is often available for purchase without a medical card.
Vaporizers, particularly concentrate vaporizers, have exploded in popularity over the past few years due to the convenience, lowered health risk, and decreased smell. Unlike other methods of smoking, vaping heats the cannabis without combustion, potentially reducing the risk of ingesting toxins in marijuana smoke. Vaporizers can also help get more out of your cannabis.
Cannabis sprays are oil or alcohol-based sprays delivered orally, usually sublingually, to provide a fast-acting dose of cannabinoids, much like traditional tinctures. Sprays are available with different ratios of THC and CBD and a variety of flavors so they can be used for recreational or medical purposes. Because they come in a variety of “strengths”, they’re popular with beginners and more experienced consumers.
Drinks infused with weed are nothing new, but they’re probably not the most common way to consume it. You can brew up a cup of marijuana tea or cannabis coffee right at home. While marijuana tea can be made completely non-psychoactive or with little psychoactive benefits, most store-bought canna coffees contain enough THC to get you high, and contains a combination of caffeine and THC to give you a unique buzz. If you go for more of a chilled out morning, there are also CBD coffees to help you wake up relaxed.
Marijuana Topical Creams
Marijuana has been used in pain management for a long time but over the past few years, topical ointments and creams infused with THC and CBD have exploded in popularity. They don’t have any psychoactive effects but they do provide serious localized pain relief. Many people, including athletes, have started using these creams instead of reaching for OTC pain relievers because they’re great at relieving muscle aches without any of the potential side effects of medication. Neuropathic pain patients report relief when used regularly, as well as some who report relief from topical rashes and inflammations.
Cannabis Transdermal Patches
Worn on the skin and functioning similar to a nicotine patch, transdermal patches are relatively new. They were not developed to get you high, but to provide pain relief for those suffering with chronic pain caused by conditions like fibromyalgia and diabetic nerve damage. The patch provides a steady stream of medical cannabis into the wearer’s bloodstream, providing discreet, consistent relief.
Cannabis-infused butter, also known as cannabutter and is a key ingredient in many edible recipes. It’s easy to make at home and simply involves infusing butter, with the decarboxylated bud, often over low heat or using a double boiler method. Once your cannabutter is ready, store it in the fridge and use it on your morning toast, in your favorite cookie recipe, or on any food you’d like to make into an edible.
CBD-Infused Chewing Gum
CBD-infused chewing gum provides all of the pain relief of marijuana with none of the psychoactive properties. The cannabinoids are absorbed via the mucous membranes in your mouth and the absorption is more effective than via edibles. Because of the effectiveness and discreteness, gum has become a popular option for those suffering from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia and IBS.
Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid that becomes bioavailable THC when heated as it is being decarboxylated. THCA crystals are the result of an extraction process that leave you with highly concentrated, nearly pure “diamonds” of THCA that can be ground into a powder and put into capsules or dabbed. Users have reported a more focused, clean high than that from other ingestion methods.
Different from CBD oil, canna oil is used for cooking. Infusing cooking oil, such as olive or coconut, with cannabis simply requires mixing decarbed cannabis with your oil and heating it over low heat for 15-20min using the double boiler method, and straining when time’s up. Although the weed gets heated in the oil, it is not enough or consistent enough for a full decarb so it is necessary to decarb it beforehand.
Cannabis Simple Syrup
Simple syrup, a liquid sweetener made with sugar and water. Infused with cannabis it is super easy to make and can be used in a variety of food & drink recipes. It is made by steeping bud in simple syrup or adding oil to the syrup. You can also add other herbs and flavorings like rosemary or ginger for extra flavor.
There you have it! Multiple ways to ingest and consume marijuana. Some ways taking a bit more effort that others but all effective for many different purposes. Whether it be for medical or recreational reasons.