We’re all familiar with the traditional method of consuming cannabis mainly smoking cannabis, but other methods do exist and are growing in popularity.

Let’s take a look at the different ways one can use and consume cannabis.

1. Vaping

While vaping is similar to smoking cannabis, it’s not entirely the same thing. Vaporization involves heating cannabis flower or cannabis concentrates (dab, wax and shatter) to a temperature that turns the active compounds (cannabinoids and terpenes) into vapour. Vaporization is a healthier alternative to smoking as it occurs at temperatures that do not allow the flower to combust. Combustion releases harmful tar and carcinogens. Vaping is growing in popularity. Vaping is fast becoming the preferred method of consuming amongst recreational user's being the most convenient, simple and more importantly discreet.   Vaping is also gaining in popularity amongst medicinal uses. The downside to vaping strains high in THC is one cannot avoid getting high.

2. Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis edibles are cannabis infused foods either high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis or CBD. Most cannabis-infused edibles are made from cannabis strains high in THC that cater to the recreational market. Cannabis edibles high in THC or CBD are very effective for treating numerous conditions and or symptoms alike. Edibles that contain higher doses of cannabidiol (CBD) are primarily used for their medicinal properties and are the preferred way of dosing children making the experience enjoyable.

Example of edibles is: They fall mainly into two categories baked products mainly cookies and cakes and candy products like jelly beans, babies, Lolly Pops.

3. Cannabis Tincture

A tincture is traditionally alcohol based cannabis oil dispensed from a dropper top bottle. Most cannabis oil products dispensed from dropper top bottles no matter what carrier liquid they contain is referred to as tinctures. Tinctures are mainly consumed orally but can be applied topically too.

Tinctures allow for micro-dosing accurate dosages in milligrams. When taken sublingually, tinctures are absorbed into the body via blood vessels located under the tongue. This allows the cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream very quickly and one can expect to feel relief shortly after dosing sufficient quantities of oils. Tinctures come in various strengths and dilutions. It is essential to know what exactly you are buying, bigger isn't necessarily better, always take the dilution percentage into account.

4. Cannabis Capsules

Pre-dosed capsules come in various strengths, dosages. Capsules contain cannabis oil, not raw flowers or buds. The golden rule for dosing capsules high in THC is to “start low and go slow”, this way one avoids getting high. Take too much too quickly and you will get high for a couple of hours. Do not fear it will pass. Higher dosed CBD capsules can be taken from the onset as they are non-psychoactive.  Always check whether the pre-dosed cannabis oil capsules is dominant in THC or CBD as they have varying effects.  Taking a cannabis oil capsule is simple and discrete and is helping to take the stigma associated with using cannabis away.

5. Cannabis Topicals / Balms

Cannabis infused topicals are used for medical purposes only. A topical is a balm, lotion, or transdermal patch containing cannabis oil concentrate that is applied directly to the affected area of the skin. Topical provide localised relief to one’s skin, muscles and joints and generally have little to no psychoactive effect.

Topicals infused with cannabis oil are used to treat skin related conditions including carcinomas, eczema, and psoriasis. Topicals are also effective in treating localised pain and inflammation but are best used with oral dosing oils high in either THC or CBD. Arthritis and Fibromyalgia are two conditions they are commonly used to manage.

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