There are many ways to consume cannabis, and what works for you may not be the best method for someone else. Here’s a brief overview of a few of the most popular ways to enjoys cannabis, but this list is by no means exhaustive.

Smoking

Smoking is the centuries-old method for enjoying weed which is still very popular today. There are a few different strategies one can use to produce and inhale the smoke including bongs, spliffs, or pipes.
boy smoking cannabis

Pros

Cons

  • Smoking produces an almost instant high
  • You can efficiently regulate how much you use
  • It’s quick, easy, and convenient
  • You can take your pick of how you smoke it
 
  • You are drawing hot smoke into your lungs, which can be harmful
  • Produces a lingering smell
  • People with lung issues should avoid

Edibles

Eating weed in various baked goods is a common way to consume weed that has a large following. You can add full spectrum or isolated cannabinoid products to just about any of your favourite foods, including spaghetti sauce!

Pros

Cons

  • You can achieve a much longer high
  • You don’t have to inhale any smoke
  • You can get precise dosages in your cannabis treats
  • Experimenting is both fun and tasty
  • You can wait a long time for the high
  • It’s a different sort of high to inhaling
  • You need to store it carefully away from children and animals
  • You may not get the dosage you are expecting

Tinctures

Tinctures are produced when cannabinoids are extracted and then suspended in an alcohol base or oil. Natural oils have since taken over from alcohol as the preferred method for creating a tincture.

Many types of oil can be used, and it usually comes down to personal preference. Tinctures are applied under the tongue (sublingually) because the sensitive, thin tissue poses little resistance to the cannabinoids entering the system. Pump sprays or droppers are both popular options for administering the tincture.

Pros

Cons

  • Tinctures are very easy to use and produce no lingering odors
  • Tinctures are discreet
  • Easy for administering CBD to children
  • No smoke to enter the lungs
  • Some people like the taste
  • Fast results when compared to edibles
  • Still takes longer than smoking and vaping to reach the desired effect
  • Some people don’t like the taste

Vaping

Vaping has recently become a favourite way to getting a fix of nicotine, but it can also be used to inhale the vapour of your flower once the weed reaches a certain temperature. Temperatures do not reach the extreme temperatures produced by smoking because the good stuff (cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids) all vaporise long before combustion temperatures are reached.

girl vaping weed

Pros

Cons

  • Produces an immediate high
  • Easier on the lungs than smoke
  • Creates less odour
  • Vaping units can get expensive
  • Waiting while the device gets up to temperature
  • Batteries can run out without notice

Raw Cannabis

Consuming raw cannabis is a relatively new trend for consuming marijuana while it is still in its carboxylic acid form. While CBD is primarily used in tinctures, raw cannabis also offers a way to ingest CBDa. Many people also include raw cannabis leaves and flowers in their juices and smoothie recipes.

Pros

Cons

  • A good way to ingest carboxylic acids
  • Completely natural
  • Some people may find the taste off-putting
  • Impossible to get high from THCa

Drinking

Steeping flower in hot water to produce a cannabis tea produces a cannabinoid beverage. You can also take advantage of the fat-soluble nature of cannabinoids by adding milk or cream to the drink, which helps to transfer more of the cannabinoids into your system.

Pros

Cons

  • Produces longer lasting effects than inhalation
  • It’s simple to brew a cup of tea
  • There’s a mix of CBD and CBDa in every cup
  • Can take up to an hour before effects are noticed
  • You can’t create a precise dose

Dabbing

Dabbing is quite new to the weed scene, with a dab being a concentrated cannabis extract. The extract is applied to a pre-heated apparatus which vaporises the dab for subsequent inhalation. Dabs can be created from hash oil, shatter, budder, crystal, crumble, or wax.

man dabbing weed

Pros

Cons

  • Produces an almost instant high
  • Very accurate dosages
  • Budget friendly
  • Pleasant aromas
  • Vaping devices can be complicated
  • There may be residual solvent left over if butane is used for extraction
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